How would YOU define motivation?
that which provides an incentive or moves us to action; what pushes us
What are the primary sources of motivation?
INTRINSIC (motivation from
I have come to the conclusion that my subjective
account of my motivation is largely mythical on almost all occasions. I
don't know why I do things. J. B. S. Haldane
The first glance at History convinces us that the
actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters
and talents. Georg Hegel (1770–1831), German
Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to
personal growth. Anonymous
The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those
that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and
pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as
you can do it. Lloyd Dobens and Clare
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey (American Author)
What we obtain too cheap we esteem too little; it is
dearness only that gives everything its value.
Thomas Paine (US Founding Father)
EXTRINSIC (when other people help motivate us)
Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is
made by the friends whom we choose. Chinese
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I
was standing on the shoulders of giants. Issac
The only motivation I need to write a musical is a
phone call from the producer. Cole Porter
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people
say you cannot do. Walter Bagehot (1826 – 1877)
Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There’s an enduring American compulsion to be on the
side of the angels. Expediency alone has never been an adequate American
reason for doing anything. When actions are judged, they go before the bar
of God, where Mom and the Flag closely flank His presence.
Jonathan Raban (b. 1942), British author, critic.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim
of weak ones. C. C. Colton (1780–1832), English
What can distract us from what motivates us?
To receive applause for works which do not demand all
our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It
usually means that thereafter we stand still. G.
C. Lichtenberg (1742–99), German physicist, philosopher.
A dog in a kennel barks at
his fleas; a dog hunting does not notice them.
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what
ships are built for. Unknown
Heaven cannot help those who do not seize
opportunities. Chinese Proverb
I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately
triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail.
Woodrow Wilson (US President, 1913-1921)
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in
cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
George Eliot (1819–80), English novelist, editor.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make
anything. Edward Phelps
Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin (US Founding Father)
Life's Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise
too late. Benjamin Franklin (US Founding Father)