Studies show that when we begin to value the rewards we get for doing a task, we lose our inherent interest in doing the task. The interest we have becomes lost in our minds, hidden away from our own brains, as the shiny external reward sits front and center and becomes the new object of our desire.
"Avoid Burnout by Asking This Question" is from hbr.org, published on June 21, 2016.
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Hit the nail on its head!
Burnout will result if motivation is by external reward.
Intrinsic motivation (aka doing what you love, finding meaning or a higher purpose that’s fulfilling) is what keeps the wheel spinning, and does not require motivational talks, or thinking up reasons to do a particular activity.
Sounds cliche but gets more powerful the more you meditate upon it.
Difference of opinion, but it’s ok
I don’t wholeheartedly agree with the studies or the authors idea that people work harder when doing something they love, just for the sake of doing it.
I don’t have anyone to call, or bail me out when I’m in financial trouble. For this reason, extrinsic values motivate me to produce my best work, so long as I view the reward to be worth the time and effort I put in.