The Myths Of Motivation

by | The Accidental Creative

There are many misunderstandings about what it means to be “motivated”. Typically, we think that either someone is motivated or they aren’t, as if motivation is a switch to be flipped. The reality is that we are always motivated to do something, and once we begin to unlock the secrets to what drives us we can learn to bring our motivation to what we do each day instead of waiting for our work to motivate us.

On this episode, I share a passage from the new book The Motivation Code in which my co-authors and I dispel some common misunderstandings about what drives us:

  1. Motivation is just about diligence or laziness.
  2. Motivation is about enjoying tasks.
  3. Motivation naturally comes with “the perfect job”.
Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.


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