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Book title: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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  • A good summary https://fastertomaster.com/a-mind-for-numbers-barbara-oakley/

  • Some interesting text from the book:

    • three types of motivations: (1) biological drive (2) reward-and-punishment drive, (3) third drive: deep-seated desire to direct our own lives, to extend and expand our abilities, and to live a life of purpose.
    • to motivate the third drive, we need: (1) Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
    • Tasks are either: (1) Algorithmic— mostly do the same thing over and over in a certain way, or (2) Heuristic— need to come up with something new every time because there are no set instructions to follow.
    • Heuristic type of jobs are more prevalent and need more from the 3rd type of motivation.