Most people need incentive to do something that they normally would not do or don’t enjoy doing. We give our children a reward for studying harder, dogs a treat if they do a trick, give a tax incentive to the public to follow a certain course that they might not normally do, or hit them with a tax if they pursue activities that society deems unacceptable. We often give employees an extra bonus or income to encourage certain activities. Most of the time these incentives are needed, because people won’t often pursue specific activities without some form of encouragement.
I have found that people don’t need encouragement to do things they want to do or feel a fulfillment for the activities they are doing. Basically, incentives lure certain behavior out of people who wouldn’t do them, naturally. The more you dislike doing something, the more encouragement you need.
Why don’t people do the things they want to do? Why don’t we make work fulfilling on its own? If people like what they do and feel a sense of purpose, they don’t need significant encouragement or monetary incentive.
It’s not the money. It’s the work that needs to change. There is so much valuable, rewarding, societal enriching activities that need to get done. Doing these jobs are the incentive.
The rule of thumb is: the crumbier the job; the more demands placed on it; the more stressful the activity; the more energy it costs you; the more money you want, and the more incentive you need. If you have people doing things that gives them energy, you don’t need to offer absurd bonuses.
“To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. “
— Bette Davis