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Many studies indicate that for tasks that require cognitive skills and creative thinking, monetary reward does not work. Rather, we should give people purpose, autonomy and mastery to make them part of something bigger and give them the freedom to do what they think is important to solve the problem.

But while that might get people to perform better at a certain task, how does this relate to motivation? Can we say that people are more motivated, and thus perform better? And is motivation the same as fun? I don't think so, but some seem to think they are identical. Lastly, I feel that many people are motivated by recognition, which is something different than purpose, autonomy and mastery. Does recognition complement those three? Can recognition in itself be an important motivator, or does it need the other three?

Any thoughts or even scientific insights on this?

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