You and Your Motivations

Watch this short video interview with Twyla Tharp.

I found this short article on-line and simply wanted to share this with you! Enjoy!

“Intrinsic motivation means you love doing the work for its own sake, regardless of what others think and whether you are rewarded for it. Extrinsic motivation refers to the rewards you can gain from your creative work. Money is the most obvious one, but artists and creatives also yearn for other extrinsic motivations such as fame and recognition:

Tharp is the voice of experience, but you may be interested to know that creativity researchers agree with her – studies have shown that people are usually more creative when focused on intrinsic motivations (absorbed in the work itself) than when they are focused on extrinsic motivations (executing work for a paid commission, or in order to gain status or recognition).”

Thanks to Merlin for pointing out the interview. He also draws our attention to a free sample of the first chapter of Tharp’s book The Creative Habit

You and Your Motivations

Do you recognise the conflict between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations?

How do you put aside the distractions of money, fame etc and stay focused on the work itself?


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