Author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and richer lives. Maria Montessori figured this out a long time ago.
“I am not a Montessori scholar at all, but I know that at the heart of it is self-direction and letting kids follow their own curiosity, not dictating things, not bribing them or threatening them, but allowing self-direction as the pathway to understanding and excellence.
“Montessori is at the heart of an approach to motivation that the science shows is both more humane and more effective. Every school, educator, and parent can learn from this enduring and successful approach.”
Daniel Pink is an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work.
His books are reshaping how organizations operate and how individuals channel their creativity and navigate their lives.
Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us explores research showing why people of all ages who are intrinsically motivated—who do what they do because of enjoyment of the task itself—routinely outperform those who are motivated by external rewards.
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