Friday, October 29, 2010

Lean Quote: The Only Lasting Thing is Self-Motivation

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation." -  Homer Rice

Self-motivation is not something which you can buy. Self-motivation is a form of self-encouragement. You tell yourself that you have the capacity to perform still better and surge ahead. This keeps you pushing further until you reach your goal.

Being self-motivated is an important quality to have in the workplace. It means that you know exactly what needs to be done and will do it without having to be asked twice. You may even go beyond what is asked for you because you enjoy your job so much or because you want to achieve success in your career.

Self-motivation is a process where one needs lots of reflection and self-assessment. These are very important because it will help you to know what your strengths as well as your weaknesses are. If you know what your strengths are, then you will be able to continue what you are doing and even enhance it. On the other hand, knowing one’s weaknesses is as equally as important because through this, you will know what areas you should improve on. If you know your weaknesses, you may be able to turn these into opportunities which will make you successful in the future.

One thing that can help you get started with self-motivation is to continue learning different things. If you don’t stop learning new things, you will be able to acquire new skills that can help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

Through self-motivation, people are given the chance to maneuver or control their own lives which in the future will help them be the best that they want to be.

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