Some warm-up exercises

Motivation, talent, experience, wisdom, opportunities

Before you jump into the material, or at least at some stage in your research, try the following warm-up exercises to develop your thinking. Write down what you think:

  • Motivates a member of a government cabinet?
  • Motivates a member of a board of directors of a commercial organization?
  • Motivates a member of a board of directors of a non-commercial organization?
  • Motivates a middle ranking member of the above organizations?
  • Motivates a junior / low ranking member of the above organizations.
  • Motivates Madonna?
  • What has and does now, motivate Bob Dylan?
  • Motivated the great classical composers (maestros Bach, Handel, Mozart, Wagner, Chopin etc?)
  • Motivated great, truly remarkable figures from history, the simple clockmaker John Harrison, Galileo, Newton, Lord Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi, Mandela, or any other historical figures you are familiar with?
  • Using hindsight, what has made the above historical figures and the others you are familiar with great and their legacy so enduring?
  • Motivated, until fairly recently (due to the discovery of diamonds on their lands) the Saan or Bushman people of the Kalahari? (They are hunter / gathers whose lifestyle, in probably the harshest environment on earth, has not changed in the 20,000 years of their recorded history (their rock paintings.))
  • Motivates a Buddhist monk (everything means nothing and achieving nothing(ness) means everything)?
  • Motivates the members of the lowest income group in your society?
  • Motivates the members of the middle income group in your society?
  • Motivates the members of the highest income group in your society?
  • In general, motivates people in a developing country?
  • In general, motivates people in a developed country?
  • Look around you, draw on your life experiences and sense of humanity, and determine who you think are the happiest people in the world and why?