February 5th, 2010
I just read a review in The Wall Street Journal by Philip Delves Broughton of Daniel H. Pink’s new book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” I got the sense from reading the review that Mr. Broughton wasn’t particularly impressed with “Drive,” but he did write:
…the truths that Mr. Pink cites are not nearly as “surprising” as he claims. They are to be found in centuries of philosophy, in the Pre-Socratics, in Plato, in “Walden.” Yes, indeed:
- Beyond serving our basic needs, money doesn’t buy happiness.
- We need a greater purpose in our lives.
- Our most precious resource is time.
- We respond badly to conditions of servitude, whether the lash of the galley master or the more subtle enslavement of monthly paychecks, quarterly performance targets and the fear of losing health insurance.
- Work that allows us to feel in control of our lives is better than work that does not.
Nonetheless, these lessons are worth repeating…
So I’m repeating them.
To read the entire review, Go To: More Than a Paycheck