You have to love the world of slang for providing the most vivid definitions for words. We talk a lot about finding your mojo – what we describe as your purpose or the reason for your work.
However, in other areas, mojo is also a slang word for drugs, a charm or a magic spell.
I think these all still apply to the way we look at mojo. When you have a purpose driving you, it’s a bit like a high or being under a magic spell. It gives you extra strength, the ability to see things in a new light, and allows you to do things you didn’t think you could.
Check out this TED Talk by Dan Pink that explains how there is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does. While science tells us that internal motivation – having a yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves, wanting to direct our own lives and a desire to get better at something – is what truly drives people towards great work, we are still stuck in workplaces that try to entice through bonuses, commissions and other incentives. This is a method that many studies have shown actually dulls thinking and blocks creativity.
Mojo is the secret drug the business world is missing.