I had a discussion recently that centered around academia, and incentives. Â The point I was attempting to make centered around the notion that we get as a result not what we “want” but what we “reward.” Â It’s a generally accepted concept that people behave based on their perception of the incentives. Â Some are positive incentives (annual bonus, the Christmas ham) and some are negative (loss of job, prison, rejection.) Â These are, of course, the extrinsic motivators.
There are intrinsic motivators–those things you do because you are just internally motivated to do them. Â Perhaps you enjoy a task (graphic design, podcasting), or you feel a “calling” to be doing something (the preacher on the sidewalk, the environmentalist chained to a tree.)
I am wondering–what motivates you? And specifically, what motivates you at work?
Do you live to work, or do you work to live?