"Motivation is like the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. Everyone claims to know where it is. They can all help you find it but no one actually knows where it is"
"Motivation is like "steam." Properly channeled it can move large objects, like a steam powered train. But without it, the train remains motionless."
"Motivation starts and ends with you. Smart and enlightened sales people and business owners know that their personal motivation is like a thermostat. They set and maintain the level of their motivation. It's a choice and that's what sets them apart and defines their income."
"Motivation can be described as either direct or indirect. Direct motivation is like hunger. The action that you perform (eating) directly satisfies the need (hunger). Indirect motivation is a little more complicated because there is something in between the action and the fulfilled need. For example, money may be an indirect motivation to work hard. Money by itself is useless unless you spend it on something, like your rent or mortgage. Having a place to live is the motivation to work hard and money sits in the middle as an indirect motivator."
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"Motivation isn't the problem though. Motivation is like oxygen – you only know it's missing when you are gasping for more."
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