How is our motivation to succeed affected by timing and the type of work we do? Daniel Pink, best-selling author of multiple thought-provoking books such as When, Drive, To Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind has spent decades investigating the truths and the threads between human behavior and the quality of work we create. He shares the research and case studies that answer the big questions, including how to prioritize tasks during your day for optimal results, what type of work fuels us to perform better, why an MFA could be more valuable than an MBA, and why you are morally obligated to share your gift to the world.
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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
Being your own boss doesn’t mean every day is full of rainbows and unicorns. But compared to having a day job? It’s so worth it.
Know what hours are your time to shine. Do the analytical work during your peak hours, the admin work during the trough, and let the creative juices flow in the recovery period.
Don’t wait for temporal landmarks to make your move. Start planning now.
Quitting your job is not a wild leap. It’s a hard-headed strategic decision. Take calculated risks.
There’s a premium on creating something new, on having empathy, on being a problem finder instead of a problem solver.
Don’t run when you see a number. Every creative also needs a basic understanding of accounting and economics to be a business.
The best way to sell is to just be a human being.
If you have something that can benefit the world, it’s your moral obligation to put it out there.
Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Get your butt in the chair and get to work.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
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Self-determination theory from Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan
Daniel's 3 stages of the day (for 80% of population who aren't night owls)
Peak: morning, most vigilant - do your analytical, head's down work
Trough: early afternoon, least vigilant - do your admin work
Recovery: late afternoon to early evening, somewhat vigilant but best mood - do the creative ideation & brainstorming work
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