Why did I pick this book ?

I had taken ‘Dan Ariely’s’ ‘Predictably Irrational’ MOOC course in coursera and from that time I have been impressed by his evidence based reasoning on how we make decisions or more about how we are irrational in our decision making.

You can watch his ted talk on some areas covered in this book here

What do I like about the book ?

I am generally curious what motivates people and this book provide some very good insights about what motivates us. The author’s practical approach and insights from his own experiences, keeps the narrative alive and engaging.

What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?

The nice way in which the author proves how we attach a higher value to our own ideas and how we are blind about that.

Paras or Quotes that I liked

“To motivate ourselves and others successfully, we need to provide a sense of connection and meaning – remembering that meaning is not always synonymous with personal happiness”

“The point is that good relationships aren’t transactional; our need for connectedness anchors them on a longer time scale. You won’t bother putting a lot of energy into a short-term relationship, whether with a romantic partner, employer, colleague or apartment. But if you think of that relationship as a long-term investment, then you will be motivated to deposit more of your love, trust ,energy and time. This sense of investment is the basis of the marriage vow and it is the basis of true dedication and loyalty in the workplace.

How long it would take ?

This book is from the TED books series which goes by the adage “Small Books. Big Ideas” and they live up-to the TED standard. It is around hundred pages and you can complete it in two hours.

Parting Words

If you were wondering what role ‘Money’ plays in motivation, this book gives you a good insight on that.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)