Mind Map Book Summary: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - by Daniel H. Pink

Book Worm • 9 April 2018

One Sentence Summary


  • As Daniel H. Pink explains in Drive, the old-school notion of motivation - offering rewards - is no longer relevant in today´s world.


Best Quotes

“Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one's sights and pushing toward the horizon.”

“The monkeys solved the puzzle simply because they found it gratifying to solve puzzles. They enjoyed it. The joy of the task was its own reward.”

“We leave lucrative jobs to take low-paying ones that provide a clearer sense of purpose.”


Key Takeaways



  • Autonomy – People want autonomy in four areas: Task, time, techniques and team. Studies have shown that perceived control is an important component of one’s happiness.
  • Mastery – We have an innate desire to grow and develop – to become really good at something. And this mastery leads to a sense of personal fulfillment. But without passion and engagement, mastery will not happen.
  • Purpose - Everyone benefits from a driving purpose. The issue is most organizations do not have a motivating purpose.


About author


  • Daniel H. Pink (born 1964) is an American author of books about work, management and behavioral science. He was host and co-executive producer of the 2014-2015 National Geographic Channel.


Drive by Daniel Pink: Summary & Mind Map
Drive by Daniel Pink: Summary & Mind Map


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