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Intrinsic: A manifesto to reignite our inner drive

Sharath Jeevan

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Self-help & personal development

Leading expert on motivation brings us an inspirational manifesto for re-igniting our passion for life and overcoming burnout by tapping into the essential ingredients of inner drive.

We live in an extrinsic world. It's all about material rewards and incentives, economists tell us. Money, status and power are what make the world go round. But chasing money, rewards and status rarely makes us feel truly happy, motivated or fulfilled. That's why so many of us feel burned out.

As a leading expert on motivation, this was something Sharath Jeevan saw day in and day out from all sorts of people in all walks of life. Sharath discovered that when you move the focus from external rewards and look instead at developing a sense of autonomy (the belief that you can change things), mastery (the notion that you can improve) and purpose (the feeling of being connected to something bigger than yourself), you achieve more lasting fulfilment and success. You re-ignite that passion for life.

In 2012 Sharath founded STIR Education to help teachers, and the children they work with, find intrinsic motivation, that inner drive to succeed in life. He started with just 25 teachers and today he works with 200,000 teachers across 35,000 schools in India and Africa. The positive results are staggering.

In Intrinsic, Sharath Jeevan takes us on a journey around the world to find practical and inspirational answers to the question of how we can find intrinsic motivation in five key areas of our lives: work, relationships, parenting, talent development and citizenship.

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Sharath Jeevan

Sharath Jeevan is a global pioneer in the field of intrinsic motivation. In 2012, he founded STIR Education to help teachers fall back in love with teaching and, in the process, help 6 million children fall back in love with learning. The organisation works with 200,000 teachers across 35,000 schools in India and Africa. He also serves on the high-level steering group of The Education Commission, the global think tank founded by Gordon Brown.

Prior to founding STIR Education, Sharath served as CEO of Teaching Leaders, an innovative leadership programme for inner-city schools in the UK, which was taken to the US with the support of the Gates Foundation and the Obama Administration.

Sharath's work has sparked collaborations with the Surgo Foundation co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell, the Malala Fund, Obama Foundation and India's IDFC Institute.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. An accomplished speaker, Sharath has addressed large audiences at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Lego Ideas Festival in Denmark, TEDX Shiv Nadar Conference in Delhi and WISE Summit in Qatar to name just a few.

In 2020, Sharath founded Intrinsic Labs to help organisations and individuals re-ignite their inner drive and solve deep motivational challenges. Visit

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