Dan Pink on What Motivates Us

This certainly addresses one of the reasons we teach 🙂

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 28,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org

Maker Business — Peloton to break ground at a new manufacturing campus in Ohio

Wearables — Tear it all apart

Electronics — Disable unused channels!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: CircuitPython tops Tom’s Hardware Best RP2040 Boards 2021 and more #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Toddler Clock, Predictive Weather Station, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Arcade Beginner Skillmap

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Products 06/16/21 feat. Terminal Block Breakout Module Board for Raspberry Pi Pico!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !


  1. THAT was amazing! I suddenly realize why I’ve been so unhappy at work since I got a new supervisor – Even Though he got me a nice big raise. He’s a micro-manager and a control freak. Before, when I used to decide how the software worked, and what features went in, and what the release schedule was, I was very happy/satisfied with my job. I spent a LOT of time thinking about how to improve the software. Now, my day is locked down – I have virtually no creative license, and EVERY move is strictly controlled. And I’ve never been more miserable in a job.

    One interesting side note is that shortly after I got my new supervisor I turned to electronics as a hobby at home. Now I know that I HAD to fill in the self-direction, creativity, and mastery I was missing at work.

  2. Interesting presentation/analysis that I suspect a lot of people in electronics can relate to. Money is definately important up to the point where it’s no longer an issue in your day to day life (you earn enough to buy what you want within reason, put a bit away every month, etc.), but autonomy, creative feedback, and ownership are definately just as important or even more important once basic monetary needs are met.

    In some ways, money is the easiest problem to solve in a financially stable company, and you can always attract good people with good salaries. You’ll only keep them, though, if you can offer something more than that, and the people who are only staying for the money may be exactly the kind of people you don’t want to have around or want to work next to.

    Refreshing to see this presented in such an accessible, easy to understand way. Everyone instinctively relates to the points made in one way or another, but it’s helpful to connect all the dots and show some solid research behind that intuition.

  3. This is basically a summary of the first bit of his book “Drive”, great book. Daniel Pink has multiple books that ring home and touch on many of the maker movements.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.