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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 40. Holding yourself accountable

There are two kinds of motivation that can cause people to get work done: internal—the motivation that comes from inside us—and external—the motivation that comes from outside penalties or rewards.

Internal motivation is much more effective than external motivation. When we’re motivated internally, we get much more done and we tend to do a better job as well. The trick is getting your primary motivation to come from inside you instead of from the outside.

That’s what this chapter is all about. Motivating yourself by holding yourself accountable to...you. Making promises to yourself does you no good if you can’t keep them. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic in depth, you might want ...

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