Question of the Day: What is your primary motivator?

5 thoughts on “Question of the Day: What is your primary motivator?”

  1. Interestingly – your motivators are the complete opposite of mine. I’m no psychologist – but I’d assume this would make you an excellent networker / BDM / Salesperson? The desire to be organized (Security) and the desire to interact with others (Connection) would be highly beneficial traits for this. A lower Prestige motivator would also help here as Sales people hear the word NO a lot – Successful sales people can deal with this and carry on to the next sale undeterred.}

  2. Some very interesting thinking here, thanks.

    Some thoughts. “Experience” and “curiosity” may amount to the same thing. We’re missing something around self-expression (i.e. wanting to mark ourselves as having unique personalities from those around us.)

    Prestige could be widened to include other ego motivators, like “power” and “control”.

    Good stuff.}

  3. Nicely spotted Matt you’re absolutly right, psychologists agree that both power and self-expression are forms of motivation – however they account for both of these in the 5 key motivator types.

    Prestige directly refers to power as being a form of prestige. As does Curiosity refer to self-expression and individuality.

    To quote PhD students working for Tickle.com:

    “Prestige: The Prestige Motivation Scale measures the intensity of your needs to be publicly admired, to win in competitive situations, to be in a position of authority, or to have enviable possessions or wealth.

    Curiosity: The Curiosity Motivation Scale measures the intensity of your needs to be independent, to understand how things work, to have new and diverse experiences, and to explore your physical relationships.

    Experience: The Experience Motivation Scale measures the intensity of your needs to be attractive, to indulge in sensual pleasure, and to be stimulated by your environment or activity.

    Stability: The Stability Motivation Scale measures the intensity of your needs to be safe, to understand cause and effect relationships, to avoid ambiguity and uncertainty, and to accomplish difficult tasks through skill.

    Connection: The Connection Motivation Scale measures the intensity of your needs to belong to a group, to have fun, to care for others, to be the center of attention, and to be publicly recognized for your efforts. “}

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