I just heard this excel­lent line: “Don’t send your ducks to eagle school. It will not help. It won’t help at all. They will remain ducks although they have a badge, a cer­tifi­cate and a hat with an eagle on it.”

Let me write a few lines on this topic. I have already men­tioned it in my pre­vi­ous posts, but here I go again. The sub­ject is: MOTIVATION.

Let’s get the most impor­tant thing out of the way first. Moti­vated peo­ple are not trained, they are found!

George-Pankewytch-katdaned-eagleduckThere­fore for­get about moti­vat­ing some­one. They have to have self moti­va­tion, oth­er­wise you will kill your­self trying.

Find good peo­ple who are self moti­vated, who’s inter­nal engine is running.

Every­thing else is a ben­e­fit and a bonus. The lunch tick­ets, num­ber of days of hol­i­days, train­ing, cars, phones, gym per­mits, nice offices.… etc. None of these things will ever make peo­ple moti­vated. They are stim­u­lants. Noth­ing more, noth­ing less. They do not last. They become a stan­dard and lose their value after some time.

Oh, and last but not least, if you ask: and what about the career plan­ning, isn’t that an impor­tant thing? Doesn’t that moti­vate peo­ple?” A good ques­tion. Career plan­ning falls into a cat­e­gory of self-actualisation. A big one. A big deal.

It is a big deal. Guess who gets pro­moted, grows and tru­ely wins (trans­la­tion — has results, over­comes obsta­cles and brings value con­tin­u­ously)? Self moti­vated people.

The bot­tom line is: you don’t need a super sophis­ti­cated know-how or an exter­nal con­sul­tant to make your peo­ple moti­vated. Get the self-motivated peo­ple to start with. Peo­ple who are inspired to become eagles and then train them to get even bet­ter in what they do while using their inter­nal fire. That is the only way to a long last­ing motivation.

Thank you, Jim Rohn, for the reminder :)



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