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Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose, and Connection

"With the Transcendence of external recognition also comes the transcendence of external support systems." - Peter Davey
The only way to transcend external influence is to know yourself and manage yourself. 
"In Drive, Daniel Pink illustrates why the traditional carrots-and-sticks paradigm of extrinsic reward and punishment doesn’t work, pointing instead to his trifecta of intrinsic motivators: Autonomy, or the desire to be self-directed; Mastery, or the itch to keep improving at something that’s important to us; and Purpose, the sense that what we do produces something transcendent or serves something meaningful beyond than ourselves." (Daniel Pink)
"A basic physical need is something that is essential for a living entity to grow and thrive, like air, water, and food. When any living thing is deprived of an essential need, that organism will show signs of distress, stagnation, degradation, or harm. Once the need is satisfied, the living entity thrives once again. A psychological need is similar in that emotional health and well-being depend on the satisfaction of these needs. All human beings have these same three psychological needs. The need for autonomy, mastery, and connection is natural and universal rather than ethnically, racially, or culturally specific. Ironically, the three essential psychological needs that have been repeatedly shown to be essential and universal are not necessarily consciously valued or pursued. Humans don’t come with an owner’s manual that tells us what our most basic psychological needs are. We need to figure that out on our own along with how to satisfy them as reliably as possible." (Bob Ditter)

Isn't it interesting that two thought-leaders have identified ALMOST EXACTLY the same essential elements that need to be satisfied in order to be happy and successful?

Read more:
Daniel Pink on Motivation
Bob Ditter on the gift of Summer Camp