I enjoyed reading Natalie Downe’s post detailing the story of her startup, Lanyrd: http://bit.ly/18wX4zs It’s a great story and (spoiler alert!) it has a happy ending. But the part I’d like to focus on is her advice on how to make sure you’re doing your startup for the right reasons: Build something you care about.Build … Continue reading What Should I Build?
My son Jason, like many 10-year-old boys, loves video games. He can happily spend hours playing his favorite games, working diligently to reach that next level. Not every parent is a fan of letting their kids play video games, but I think it’s great. His passion has driven Jason to become a better researcher (he … Continue reading To understand gamification, watch a 10-year-old
I’m finally getting around to reading Daniel Pink’s “Drive.” I had held off for a long time, figuring that I didn’t need to read someone else’s rehashing of Deci, since I’d already read the source material. I was wrong. Pink does a great job of synthesizing a number of different strands, including behavioral economics, Deci’s … Continue reading Rewards and the Motivation Paradox
In this week’s Ask The Harvard MBA post, I tackle the serious question of whether contentment is incompatible with striving for success. “I have friends who are never content and are always paranoid, and whose self-inflicted misery makes them extremely successful and productive workaholics. I was chatting with one of them yesterday; I asked him … Continue reading How can a person strive for success and excellence while simultaneously trying to be content?