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May 9, 2010

The majority of our problems as individuals and as a nation stem from what our motivation is and what we are driven to accomplish, or what companies, schools, and society in general believe to be our motivations and goals. It seems to be that the general population has made a subtle, methodic, but radical shift to extrinsic motivators as the primary engine of production, and as a result mediocrity is championed and sought, and even worse, short-cuts, and scams are often put in play to acquire the extrinsic goal or “carrot” or to avoid punishment or “the stick”. We as people are ignoring the basic intrinsic motivators that we have inside of us. We all want to be good at what we do, we want to master our crafts, whatever they may be, and we don’t always need “carrots” and “sticks” to motivate us to succeed.

Artists, musicians, poets, creative thinkers etc. do not do what they do for any kind of extrinsic or monetary reward. Sustainability and income earned are merely a bonus factor. And if these creative minds are not fortunate enough to use their craft for sustainability and a source of income, it usually doesn’t stop them from pursuing their creative passions, at least not entirely.

Our American and world society can flourish and prosper if we realize the need for sustainability, a certain level of earned income etc; but do not use these and other extrinsic motivators(money, cars, etc.) as the primary or even sole motivator to work in life. It may be true that humans have an inherited sense of greed or self-preservation, but we as humans also inherit a sense to excel and improve our lives without extrinsic motivation; society can benefit from a simple change of focus from self-preservation to the desire to excel and be the best we can be regardless of reward.

We here at Proxart do what we do here without “carrots” and “sticks”. We aren’t paid and we aren’t punished if we aren’t doing our jobs well. We are merely allowed the space and atmosphere to self-motivate instead of self-preserve. We do what we do because we love what we do, and it will always be that way, regardless of any extrinsic growth the company experiences.

So keep doing what you love to do, and we will reward you by doing what we love to do by showing off/discussing what you’re doing…………but don’t let that motivate you. 😉

Until Next Time,


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2010 9:31 pm

    Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink (go find it at your local independent book store) is an entire book that says just what you’ve said here Zach. It’s an excellent read that goes into the reasons as to why creative people need to just be allowed to be creative.

  2. May 9, 2010 9:56 pm

    Way ahead of ya! The book is what inspired me to write the blog(probably should have credited Pink for the inspiration behind the article…. I’m to this blogging thing.)

    But ya absolutely! We need to be allowed to create and prosper on our own

  3. Frank Hansen permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:17 am

    Great post Zach. A lot of heavy truths packed in a well written piece. It’s all true and I need to hear it more like everyone else. Thanks for keeping these fires burning. Society needs to be reminded of these facts and often.

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