Book Review: What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work
From time-to-time, as we receive career-related and job-hunting books from publishers, the staff of Quintessential Careers will review them to help you make better decisions about the best books to use in your career and job search.
What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, $24.95. The Culture Works: September 30, 2014. 272 pages.
Reviewed by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Let me begin this review with full disclosure. First, I am motivated by empowering people to find their ideal careers and jobs. I talk about this process using career passion, but authors Gostick and Elton focus motivations… but we all have the same goal helping you find satisfying and rewarding work. Second, I did not know this at the time I read this book, but about halfway through the book, I am quoted about some of my suggested career change do’s and don’ts. This surprise finding does not change my review of the book in any way.
In an ideal world, all players should have a stake in matching a person’s motivations with a job that has corresponding attributed. It’s a win-win for workers, because when you are motivated, you are happier and healthier and generally earn higher incomes. It’s also a win for employers because workers produce more and higher quality work.
So, how does all this work? The authors, through much research, identified 23 workplace motivators — from autonomy to variety; from friendship to prestige; from excitement to purpose. From these 23 motivators, they developed five clusters of identifiers:
Half of What Motivates Me is dedicated to explaining these concepts and then showing readers how they can use this information to “sculpt” their jobs to match their key motivators. The other half of the book is dedicated to providing key strategies for each of the five identities.
Each copy of the book also includes a code for unlocking an online assessment that will help you identify and understand your key motivators. The authors state: “Your assessment results can help you begin to grasp what truly gives you greater joy in your career (which will most likely impact the rest of your life as well).”
Final Thoughts on What Motivates Me
If you have not found your niche, not found the job that gives you fulfillment, then this book (and the accompanying assessment) will provide you with insights and tools to help you move toward those goals.
In the words of the authors: “Those [people] who have found deeper meaning in their careers find their days much more energizing and satisfying, and count their employment as one of their greatest sources of joy and price.”
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