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There are three basic principles of motivation a lot of people believe in and we actually add a fourth.

One is mastery. We enjoy getting better at something. Regardless of if we’re getting paid to get better or if there is some extrinsic reward for getting better, we really like getting better at things.

The second thing is that we want to have some type of higher purpose.

The third basic principle is tricky. We want to be in control of our own destiny. We want to have autonomy and we’re motivated when we get to decide what we do.

The fourth one that we add is being part of a community. Some people might call it peer pressure. When we’re part of a team where they’re counting on us and we’re counting on them, we personally find that really motivating.

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