Drive: Why Money Doesn’t Motivate

Dan Pink’s talk (previously featured) and some wonderful, witty animation combine to make a short film about the psychology of motivation. This illustrates why the economic concept of incentive is problematic: it’s just not the case that more monetary incentive means that work will be done more enthusiastically. Pink comments on the success of projects such as Wikipedia which are dependent on free labour.

The above is an extract from a forty-minute talk that you can see in full without the illustration.


  1. #1 by Andrew on July 28, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    This is incredible. Absolutely wonderful. There is hope for the future after all.

  2. #2 by David Haddad on October 31, 2011 - 4:39 am

    Money *does* motivate, unless all the people that I know that changed jobs due to better salary offers were just confused (anecdotal I know). Is there perhaps a little bias in the title of this article :-)? I’ve noticed a number of articles like this over the Internet, and I detect a subtle bias in them of wanting to believe/promote the idea that money doesn’t motivate, instead of simply pointing out that it’s a mistake to look upon it as the only way to motivate.

    I may be nitpicking but wouldn’t it be more accurate to say “why money doesn’t motivate everyone” or “why money isn’t the only motivator”? Discovered your blog today, LOVE it. I wish you had another way to comment though then through FB or Twittwe.

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