Extrinsic Vs. Intrinsic Motivation: Which Works Best?

Not long ago in a blog post I talked about motivation. Now I want to add one more quick thought: There is extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

Extrinsic motivation is what others do in an attempt to motivate you. Intrinsic motivation is what motivates you from the inside – it’s your own inner motivation.

You can’t motivate me with extrinsic factors. You can dangle all sorts of extrinsic rewards in an attempt to motivate me, such as money, awards, gifts, or whatever, but they won’t do much good. What motivates me is me. I’m intrinsically motivated. I drive myself.

I know that I’m not the only person like this, and I also know there are people who are almost the exact opposite of me.

How about you? What motivates you? And if you’re in a position to motivate others (a manager or leader of some sort), do you know how those people are motivated?

To think that you can motivate others the way you’d motivate yourself is foolish thinking. Learn what motivates the people around. You may be surprised.

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