motivation

A Quote by John Irving on injustice, instinct, and motivation

A personal injustice is stronger motivation than any instinct for philanthropy.

John Irving (1942 -)

Source: Dr. Lowji Daruwalla, in A Son of the Circus, by John Irving, 1994

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A Quote by John Burdon Sanderson Haldane on motivation

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.

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892 - 1964)

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A Quote by Jim Ryan on habits and motivation

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryan

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A Quote by James F. Oates on acceptance, character, day, determination, faith, motivation, nature, optimism, pride, purpose, sacrifice, spirituality, study, success, virtue, and work

Factors necessary to develop us into real eminence in any field: Whatever may be the nature of our work, or the character of our own vocational activity, eminence always involves the following: [And then he named four factors, and I want you to mark them.] 1. You must have the determination to excel. 2. You must have the willingness [And I want you to mark this.] to pay the price, to study, to live through disappointments with optimism, and to accept the sacrifices necessary to succeed. [Now, do you get the significance of that?] 3. You must have the steadfast pursuit of purpose, doing the work day after day, week after week, yes, year after year, whether you feel like doing it or not. 4. You must have pride and faith in the virtue of your calling. [That is to say, spiritual motivation.] (James F. Oates, Address before the YMCA at Los Angeles, California, April 15, 1960.)

James F. Oates

Source: quoted by Harold B. Lee, LDS Church president, at BYU, February 7, 1962

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A Quote by Harriet Braiker on excellence, motivation, and perfection

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Harriet Braiker

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A Quote by Harold B. Lee on acceptance, america, business, character, day, determination, faith, life, motivation, nature, optimism, pride, purpose, sacrifice, spirituality, study, success, virtue, and work

One of the greatest business leaders in America today, James F. Oates of the Equitable Life, said this about factors which he said were necessary to develop us into real eminence in any field. He said: Whatever may be the nature of our work, or the character of our own vocational activity, eminence always involves the following: [And then he named four factors, and I want you to mark them.] 1. You must have the determination to excel. 2. You must have the willingness [And I want you to mark this.] to pay the price, to study, to live through disappointments with optimism, and to accept the sacrifices necessary to succeed. [Now, do you get the significance of that?] 3. You must have the steadfast pursuit of purpose, doing the work day after day, week after week, yes, year after year, whether you feel like doing it or not. 4. You must have pride and faith in the virtue of your calling. [That is to say, spiritual motivation.] (James F. Oates, Address before the YMCA at Los Angeles, California, April 15, 1960.)

Harold B. Lee (1899 - 1973)

Source: at BYU, February 7, 1962

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A Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith on advice, chance, change, courage, curiosity, dogs, failure, giving, good, ideas, indifference, mind, motivation, people, persistence, praise, secrets, trying, wonder, and work

Good enough never is. You can't get to second base keeping one foot on first. Unless you're lead dog, the scenery never changes. Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want. You will never be able to discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Be not afraid of rowing slowly. Be afraid of standing still. There are people who make things happen, and there are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do. If you were to write down all the possible ways to motivate people to do better work, friendly praise would have to come near the head of your list. The true secret of giving advice is, after you have given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Hannah Whitall Smith (1833 - 1911)

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A Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith on motivation, people, praise, and work

If you were to write down all the possible ways to motivate people to do better work, friendly praise would have to come near the head of your list.

Hannah Whitall Smith (1833 - 1911)

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A Quote by Greg Anderson on dreams, goals, life, love, meaning, motivation, needs, and purity

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

Greg Anderson (1964 -)

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A Quote by Grant Von Harrison on determination, exercise, failure, faith, fatherhood, goals, heaven, motivation, opportunity, power, and principles

When you set goals that cannot be attained or realized without the Lord's help, you should consistently remind yourself of the process of faith that is required to call down the powers of heaven. You will become frustrated if you set goals that require assistance from the powers of heaven to be realized and then fail to exercise the necessary faith that will allow your Father in Heaven the opportunity to assist you in attaining your particular goal. It is extremely important that you are conscious of the role of faith as a principle of power in the attainment of some goals. The faith that motivates you to have determination will make it possible to realize some goals, but faith as a principle of power is the key to achieving many other goals.

Grant Von Harrison

Source: Drawing on the Powers of Heaven, p. 24.

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