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Mastering Self-Motivation by Michael J. Provitera

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CHAPTER 5

Recognizing Your Strengths

The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

—Mark Twain

You are not essentially motivated by salaries, bonuses, commissions, perks, benefits, grades, or cash awards. You expect these things. You cannot motivate others with these types of rewards either, and even if you do motivate them it will be only temporary.

The Beatles were correct in their famous lyric about people’s not being able to buy love. Money is an extrinsic reward (one that comes from someone else), whereas recognition is an intrinsic reward (one that comes from yourself). We need both to be motivated.

Extrinsic rewards, while they have a place in motivating people, are not the best approach to motivating yourself. Before ...

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