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Motivation, cognitive surplus and 3000+ members!

Stefan Johansson


In my real-world-job as managing editor of the Swedish Medical Journal, I got an email from a reader regarding one of my editorials. I had written about general principles in the world of sports and that the world of health care have lessons to learn. For example, that the degree of success depends on the extent of practise, preparation, team work etc.

(btw, greetings to Spain being World Cup Champs 2010, you're worth it :))

Anyway, this reader posted a video clip about how we feel motivation and you can view it below (takes 10 min of your life). We are increasingly becoming aware of that money is not the sole drive of motivation. "Autonomy", "masterity" and "purpose" are more important factors for work satisfaction. Importantly, these factors makes people contribute to fantastic projects like Wikipedia in their free time.

In a recent issue of Wired, there is a similar topic covered by an article about the "Great Cognitive Surplus" - there is a revolution going on how we use our free time.

Having said that, I want to share a new milestone from 99nicu, that there are now more than 3000 registered members.

I want to acknowledge all people who share their expertise here! Motivation, that's the word!


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