Author: Moritz Schröder

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When asking people what they are striving for in their lives, they tend to always give the same answers: fame; success; wealth; health; travelling; freedom; sex; a great family. And all of those answers are totally legit and understandable. However, they don’t get to the core of what people are looking for. Nobody is looking…

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When asked for what brings them the most pleasure, people tend to mention the times when they get to relax. Just lying on the couch, maybe watching a movie, not having to struggle and accomplish and perform. We live in such hectic times that we all need occasional breaks from our daily tasks. And who…

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If you ever tried to move towards a certain goal, if you ever tried to build a certain skill, you will be familiar with the following scenario: you start out and at first you make progress very fast. You will see your skills improve almost instantly, which will keep you motivated to become better and…

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You can be anything you want to be – this is what encouraging parents usually tell their children when they are young. Just trust in yourself, trust in your abilities and work hard, then you can achieve whatever you desire. But is that really true? Can you actually be anything you want to be? If so, under which conditions?…

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Finding ways to make people like you sounds a little weird at first, doesn’t it? Nobody wants to be the kind of person that doesn’t know how to make people like you, that doesn’t know how to make friends. And most people actually think that they have pretty good social skills anyway, so why bother working on…

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In his great book “Drive”, Daniel Pink dissects – among other things – the nature of mastery. He describes the path to Mastery as one of the most crucial components in motivation and producing outstanding work. So lets have closer look at how Daniel Pink sees mastery and how he thinks you can achieve it,…

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Why call it Goldilocks effect? The Goldilocks effect is named after Goldilocks, the girl from the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears.  In this tale, Goldilocks stumbles into the house of three bears. She finds the bears’ food and beds, but the food is either to hot or too cold and two beds either too big or…

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Motivation 3.0 is a concept that the author Daniel Pink describes in his book "Drive - The surprising truth about what motivates us". There he lays out the evolution of motivational concepts and what really drives us as human beings. In this post I will summarise the evolution of motivation and point out why making the…
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Aaah, carrots and sticks. The old motivational technique that make employers happy (because it is simple) and employees cringe (because it often doesn’t work). At first glance the concept of carrots and sticks seems to make intuitive sense, doesn’t it? We all know from experience that a juicy reward (carrot) can make us work harder,…

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Are you still doing algorithmic work? Or are you lucky enough to do heuristic work? No idea what I’m talking about? Well, algorithmic vs. heuristic work is a concept that behavioural scientists came up with in oder to describe how creative and individual our work is. Simply put, an algorithmic task is one in which you follow…

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Remente is a personal development app I recently started using. A friend who knows the founders of Remente first recommended it to me when I told him about my struggle to reconcile different areas of my life, and after using it during the last couple of months I feel like it is my obligation to spread…