Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." – Bruce Lee
Motivation is a key to making things happen, whether you’re developing software, leading teams, or just getting yourself out of bed and on with your day.
It's hard to change the world, or even just your world for that matter, if you lack the motivation or drive. In a world where there is plenty that can bring you down, the best thing you can do is arm yourself with motivation techniques that work, and motivation theories that explain *why* they work.
Motivation Techniques You can motivate yourself with skill, as well as others, if you know the key motivation techniques. Here is my latest collection of motivation techniques and methods at a glance:
You can use the motivation techniques to motivate yourself and others.
Motivation Theories There are a lot of motivation theories that are relevant, and some have evolved over the years. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is useful to know for understanding some basic drivers. It’s also useful to know David McClelland’s Theory of Needs , and that focuses on achievement, affiliation, and power as key drivers.
It’s also useful to distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. For example, if you depend on other people to carrot or stick you, you’re driving from extrinsic motivation. If instead, you’re doing something because it makes you feel alive or unleashes your passion or simply just for a job well done, then you’re driving from intrinsic motivation, and that is a powerful place to be.
It’s also useful to know that at the end of the day, purpose is the most powerful driver, and if you can connect what you do to your purpose, then you bring out your best and you’re a powerful force to be reckoned with. Purpose, passion, and persistence change the game.
Timeline of Motivation Theories, Studies, and Models Here is a timeline of some interesting work on the study of motivation:
Motivation Quotes If you need some inspiring words of wisdom, be sure to explore my collection of motivation quotes.
Sometimes is enough to avoid the de-motivation techniques.
I am absolutely thankful for the techniques you had given, it would really help us a lot.
@ Adrian -- True that.
@ Motivation -- Thank you.