Dan Pink, the bestselling author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, says that for work that requires thinking, rewards actually hurt performance. Instead, as long as people are paid enough that they’re not worried about money, what really motivates us are autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
Autonomy, like being able to work anywhere when you want to, is about self-direction. Mastery is the challenge of getting better and better at what we do. And purpose is the connection of what we do to a cause we believe in. What motivates you?