November 20, 2023: What Is Self-Determination Theory?

"Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” ― Nelson Mandela

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We hand-picked 3 good articles for you to highlight this week. Hope they'll help you get new ideas and perspectives. (You can read this online!)

📚 3 Good Articles for You

Learning vs. Impact
by Deb Liu (7 mins)

  • Career Paradox: The author reflects on the paradox of learning versus impact in a career, noting that maximum impact often occurs when learning is minimal, and vice versa. They experienced this at Facebook, where familiarity with the job led to a decline in learning and growth.
  • Balancing Learning and Impact: The piece discusses the challenge of balancing making an impact and learning new skills. It suggests strategies to reintroduce learning into roles where one is already impactful, like taking on new challenges, innovating, creating new things, and helping others.
  • New Roles and Value Creation: For those in new roles, the author advises focusing on learning while finding ways to make an impact. This includes fixing problems, taking initiative, banking wins, and helping others, all of which can lead to respect and success in the new position.

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Love vs. fame: A framework for social applications
by Li Jin (8 mins)

  • The article contrasts social apps focused on personal connections ("love", like iMessage and WhatsApp) with those aimed at fame and reach (like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch), analyzing their user engagement and business models.
  • It discusses the shift of platforms like TikTok and Instagram towards fame, emphasizing content discovery over connections, and the implications for advertising and monetization.
  • The potential of crypto in fostering "love"-focused social networks is explored, highlighting opportunities for smaller, high-context groups and alternative business models to mainstream social media's ad-based approach.

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What Is Self-Determination Theory?
by Kendra Cherry (7 mins)

  • Theory Essence: Self-determination theory centers on fulfilling three innate needs—competence, connection, and autonomy—emphasizing intrinsic motivation for psychological health and well-being.
  • Fundamental Assumptions: Developed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, the theory suggests people are driven by growth and fulfillment, requiring autonomy, skill mastery, and social connection.
  • Practical Impact: High self-determination leads to satisfaction and success in areas like work, education, and relationships, enhanced by self-awareness, self-regulation, and social support.

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  • 🟨 Read5for5:
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