That was the subject of an email I got from [my brother]. Here was the body:
I came across this and thought of you.
Here’s a excerpt from Wikepedia:
Autotelic is used to describe people who are internally driven, and as such may exhibit a sense of purpose and curiosity. This determination is an exclusive difference from being externally driven, where things such as comfort, money, power, or fame are the motivating force.
I think my bro was right to think of me. After I read it I was like “No wonder I can’t keep a job to save my life.” 😀 It seems like pretty much everyone must start life being autotelic and it gets smothered out over time.
It’s too bad that money plays such a strong role in what motivates people to do things. I look forward to creating jobs that satisfy a person’s internal motivators. I’ll have to look into it deeper, but I have a feeling that many of the [Fortune 2009 – Best Companies List] include companies that do a good job catering to their employees internal motivators (along with good compensation).
Thought I’d share the term.