As of the last two days, I have been working on an assignment focusing on a contemporary theorist in the field of education of my choice. On my way to Maui for the Malonzo wedding celebration last summer, I had the opportunity to read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. In remembrance of his philosophy on how we are moving towards a generation of right-brain thinkers, which incorporates artistry, empathy and inventive thinking, I decided to use Daniel Pink as the topic of my project.
Daniel Pink emphasizes how the right-brain abilities will become the engine of our economy. It will prepare students to use their creative thinking skills to mobilize and encourage new designs for the future in order to progress and move forward. However, the science of his theory focuses on motivation. Specifically, intrinsic motivation, the desire to do something because it is important to us. There are three key elements in his theory of intrinsic motivation, it encompasses autonomy, mastery and purpose. Autonomy is the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery is the desire to get better and better at something that matters to us. Last but not least, purpose is the yearning to do what we do in the service of doing something larger than ourselves. Some may argue that this may sound utopian, but science confirms what we know in our hearts. It is about using our strengths and understanding who we are to best nurture those abilities.
The video excerpt below promotes his new book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. He guides us to ask the two following questions and how we can use it to motivate us:
What is my sentence?
Use it to navigate your life.
Was I better today than yesterday?
Keep asking yourself this question daily because you will know whether if you have improved.