A ten-minute piece on Motivation, by Dan Pink, author of Drive (with… - Zer Netmouse — LiveJournal
This actually makes a lot of sense to me. A couple of years ago I was in a situation where I could be earning quite substantial bonuses. I had some problems in my work and personal life, and I think that the possibility of affecting my bonus was something that I think affected me subconsciously, and looking back was a factor in my worsening performance.
Nowadays there's no bonus on the table, and I do find I feel liberated as a result. Poorer but liberated.
But yeah, it's the work I do outside work outside work that gives me the autonomy and other stuff.