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Motivation

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately. There have been a lot of changes recently. Some for the better and some for the worse. While watching the video below, I nearly jumped out of my seat a few times because of the deja vu moments.

The two presenters are highly entertaining to watch. Although the title may be a little sensational, I still think the video promotes important messages. I’m sure a lot of people recognize the topics they discuss, but it’s still good to hear someone else talk about it openly. There are numerous topics in this video that resonate with me.

This is a 10 minute video about what motivates people. It’s an interesting video to watch, but I would take it with a grain of salt. There’s actually an entire book about this. The examples they use may or may not correlate to what happens in an actual work environment. While it may work for a subset of people, this certainly isn’t something that would work for everyone. However, I do agree with the three factors they discuss that lead to better performance and personal satisfaction:

  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose

This last video is John Carmack’s keynote at QuakeCon 2011. John Carmack is a brilliant programmer and is an inspiration to me. Just listening to him talk motivates me to go try and build something great.

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