Making software and software development teams. Mostly the people parts.


Shane Parrish’s podcast interview with author Jim Dethmer contained a framework for stratifying motivation that I’m pondering how to use in my life and work.

Sources of Motivation (in order from lowest to highest) per Jim Dethmer:

  • Fear, guilt, shame, anger, and rage
  • Extrinsic rewards (fame, money)
  • Intrinsic rewards (doing things for the sake of a purpose or calling) (the line between healthy and unhealthy motivations is here) 
  • Play (when your work feels like a child at play)
  • Love (love of the thing)

I appreciate how Podcast Notes helps me make sense of what I've listened to and my own notes on a podcast. 

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