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Rewards usually offer a short-term boost. But the effect wears off, and the negative consequence of them remain: they reduce a person’s longer-term motivation to continue the project.
When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity.
The carrot and stick method does work, but it was created for a very different era and totally different circumstances.
The assumption of Mastery is that people wish to get better at what they do as long as they care about it.
It means having a choice in what you do and being-self driven.
People are naturally wired to be-self driven. When they have the freedom to pick what they work on (tasks), when they work on it (time), how they attain it (technique) and who they work with (team), they perform much better due to the sense of autonomy.
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