Drive by Dan Pink // Motivation

The most crucial points of the book:
Motivation that come from the outside is never really lasting and effective, real motivation comes from within.
The three elements to true motivation:
1. Autonomy: People need to feel that they have some level of control over their enviroment. Give people a sense of control.
2. Mastery: People need to feel the possibility to improve, if there is no room for improvement no one will strive for it.
3. Purpose: Give people a good “Why” for doing something, frame it in their interests not in yours.

Only if all three elements are satisfied people are really motivated and happy to help you. But never forget, without giving something back no on will be motivated to help you for too long. Make sure to give back.

The Well-Being-Theory

Flourish by Martin Seligman // On Happiness

Short Summary of the Book: Flourish ny Seligman
According to the founder of positive psychology Martin Seligman there are five main elements of true well-being. 
Well-Being Theory:
1. Positive Emotions: This does not mean we have to be positive all the time but we should cultivate an overall positive outlook on life. Every time you feel yourself drifting into negativity try to disrupt is by arguing against it.
2. Engagement: Flow, the state in which we are fully engaged and focused at what we are doing while working on the edge of our abilities.
3. Meaning: A sense of a higher purpose for your life and the things you do.
4. Positive Relationships: Having the right kind of people around. Stay away from chronically negative complainers, they will steal your positivity.
5. Achievement: Winning makes us happy. Achievement for its own sake is also part of our well-being. Make sure that the game is winnable.
These are the main points of the book, for further details and more examples I recommend you read this book yourself.

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull

Ed is one of the founders of Pixar (Steve Jobs was also one of them) in his book Creativity Inc. he share his secrets to creativity.
 
 
Fearless Innovation:
  • Get Out There – Don’t innovate in a safe bubble, live and breathe the context where your innovation will play out
  • Harness Collective Brainpower – Bring in outsiders to critique your idea throughout the development process.
  • Fail early, fail fast, fail fearlessly – Run experiments with low cost, low risk prototypes to get a feeling.
  • Honesty is King, encourage open feedback, keep your Ego in check.
  • Autocracy, listen to others but keep the creative control over the project.
  • Dont wait for things to be perfect they will never be, at some point you need to just put it out there.
  • Rules, procedures and processes can be comforting but that can also kill innovation. Be fearless about doing things differently.
  • Be Opportunistic – Don’t fear randomness, embrace it – realise that successful innovation owes a lot to random opportunity and random events

The Everything Store by Brad Stone, Newsletter Summary

 Jeff Bezos build a 290 Billion Dollar Company called Amazon.com, here are some of the lessons from his biography.
  • Always try to remove friction from the customer experience, make it as simple as possible for people.
  • Invent your way out of the hole, we all face adversity, the best way to beat is by searching for a new way.
  • Regret minimization, try to minimize the regret you will have at the end of your life. This is in Bezos opinion the best way to live a good life.
  • Everything that is not a Law of Nature is up to debate.
  • Amazon’s core values: Customer obsession, frugality, bias for action, ownership and high bar for talent
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment, go by trial and error.
  • Have a Chess Grand Masters view of the competitive landscape. Know everything about your competition.
  • Bezos made is a habit to record every idea in a notebook (you could use Evernote for that(.
  • Think Work-Life-Harmony not Work Life Balance, live an integrated life.

If you want to pick this book up click here.

Book-of-the-Week Newsletter: Willpower

Willpower by Roy Baumeister Book Summary

The main Take-Aways:

1. Willpower in a finite resource, that gets depleted as you use it. Think of it as a battery. We use up Willpower all the time, but the more demanding a task is the more Willpower it will use up.

2. You recharge Willpower by resting and eating food that is high in Glucose, like fruits.
3. Do the most demanding work when you have the most Willpower, meaning in the morning or after a meal. 
4. Decisions take up a lot of Willpower, before making an important decision make sure that your are recharged.
5. When our Willpower is low there will be bad consequences like: 1. Things are much more frustrating 2. We do things we latter regret 3. We eat bad food 4. We make more mistakes.
The best way to prevent these consequences is by being aware of our low Willpower and making an effort to recharge it.

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley

We all want to generate Innovation in our field, here are three main points to do so:

1. Make a “Bug List”: Write down where and when you encounter problems in your daily life, it does not matter how minor they might seem. You might find something you can solve for other people.

2. Rapid Prototyping: Build something out of your ideas as soon as possible don’t fall into the trap of theorizing forever.

3. To generate new ideas you have to immerse yourself into a field, read books, blogs etc. but most importantly talk to people from that field, they can tell you more than every book.

4. Break the rules, rules are made by man can therefore   be broken by man.

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

 

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
 Three most important points:
1. The Happiness Formula: Happiness = Setpoint (how happy you are by nature, biological) + Conditions of your life (Love and the pursuit of the right goal) + Voluntary Activities (helping others with your unique strengths )
2. Life is what you make of it, we often don’t have the control over the things that happen to us, but over our response to it we do. Adversity gives us three main advantages:1. We find hidden Abilities in us 2. We gain a changes philosophy in things. 3. Adversity is what makes our Life’s Story interesting.
3. Conclusion: “Happiness is not something you can find, you have to get the conditions right and then wait.” Some of these Conditons are within and some outward, which include meaningful work, good relationships and striving for a meaningful goal. Work on the relationships between you and these three factors and you are on your way towards real happiness.

Smarter Better Faster by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Better Faster by Charles Duhigg
My personal three main points:
1. To motivate oneself or someone else start by making small decisions to feel in control. These decisions don’t have to be big ones.
2. Goal setting: Set large ones but connect these with short-term goals you can do now. “What can I do today that moves me toward my goal ?”
3. Decision Making: Visualize what scenarios could happen, be specific then think of the actual probability of each happening. Then make a decision.