Interesting Related Facts for TED Talks: Dan Pink On The Surprising Science of Motivation

by Karen Lac

  • Dan Pink was Vice President Al Gore’s chief speechwriter from 1995 to 1997.

  • He thinks his decision to go to law school was a very bad one.


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  • Dan Pink was Vice President Al Gore’s chief speechwriter from 1995 to 1997.

  • He thinks his decision to go to law school was a very bad one.

  • He has said that he was one out of only three people in his class who graduated from his Yale Law School without a job offer.

  • His inspiration for his second book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, written in the Japanese manga comic style, came from his time spent studying at the Manga Institute in Japan.

  • He has said that he himself faces the struggle between having to earn a living and doing what he really enjoys.

  • The book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel sparked his obsession with the subject of work.

  • He is a big fan of TOMS Shoes, the company that donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes it sells.

  • He has summed up Drive in 140 characters or less (per Twitter rules) as: “Carrots and sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st-century work we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.”

  • About once a month, he opens up his office phone line for an hour for callers to ask him and a special guest anything.

  • He believes that there should be universal health care rather than the current system in which health care is tied to employment, since it prevents people from becoming entrepreneurs and doing what they really love.

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