Project 365

Welcome! This is my own 365 project of creating at least one post per day about the stuff that I learnt, achieved, and found, the stuff that made me happy, or the new thing I did every single day.

The project was started on 21 February 2010. It has stopped for few times but I am determined to continue!

This project is dedicated to myself. I want to feel grateful for every single thing I have. I want to be thankful for my own life. I just want to feel that I have enough.

Tag: approach

Nelson Mandela

… the most revered example of reconciling leadership is Nelson Mandela, who invited the men who guarded him in jail to his inauguration as president of South Africa, put leaders who had supported apartheid in his cabinet and set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to give people who had committed crimes during the apartheid era the chance to avoid imprisonment by confessing. Mandela decided that the only way he or the people of South Africa could be free to face the future was to let go of the past. Because of all that he had suffered, he had the credibility to do it.

— Bill Clinton in Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

To be honest, I didn’t know much about Nelson Mandela, except that he was thrown into prison due to his anti-apartheid activities. So when I read this, I thought, “Wow!”. He’s indeed amazing! I should definitely read his autobiography.

Science of Motivation

This is a very interesting presentation by Daniel Pink about the science of motivation. He talked about how contigent motivators (e.g. if you do this, then you get that) mostly did not work and even brought a lot of harm. This includes providing bonuses for better performance or quality of work or promoting a staff if an important task can be done well or even threatening someone with a sharp stick if he/she doesn’t get the work done. According to him, this sort of works that involves rewards or threats narrow our focus and concentrate the mind; i.e. it restricts our possibility.

So, what would be the solution? Well, there’s a new approach that are built around the desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, because they’re interesting, and because they are part of something important. This is called an intristic motivation.

This type of motivation is done famously by Google. I’ve read it somewhere few years ago. Basically, the engineers at Google can spend 20 percent of their time building anything they like. What’s the result? About half of the new products are birthed during that 20 percent of time; this includes Gmail. Isn’t this awesome?

Now, this led me into thinking. How can I use the similar approach to my kids later on? How can I motivate them? It’s not something I want to think about now. But it’s certainly something I need to start thinking about from now on. I wanna feel like they do something because they enjoy it. Because they like it. Not because of the pocket money they’re going to receive. The gadgets that they can get. Or something like that. I don’t want to make them feel like they are forced. That’s hard, isn’t it?

Hmm… I should perhaps start reading books about parenting 😀