Review of 'Drive', by Daniel Pink

I was reluctant to read this, based on it’s description. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Daniel Pink and his last book Whole New Mind - he helped me make the shift from a design engineer whose job would eventually be outsourced to a filmmaker. But Drive for the most part was a summary of ideas I had been exposed to long before, either through classics like Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow or even Pink’s TED talk. After reading it I wasn’t surprised to find that I had already read most of his suggestions for further reading. There’s always been genre of business books that popularize and shape scientific or sociological discoveries into tools for the laymen or manager. Some authors, like Malcolm Gladwell, do it better than others in my opinion. Instead of reading Pink’s book, I recommend his 15 minute talk and this great 11 minute animated summary instead. After that, if you’re still interested in learning more about this exciting field of motivation, you can start on such classics as Flow, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and/or Dweck’s Mindset.