What Motivates People?

The promise of accumulating certain things, and the threat of losing those things seems to spur people to action:

  • Money
  • Status
  • Respect
  • Fame
  • Power (more specifically, entitlement over the fate of resources and people)
  • Relationships
  • A feeling of accomplishment, of having made a difference
  • Moral superiority, being proven good
  • Being proven right, being able to say "I told you so."
  • Unique, special contribution

Tags: Economics, Philosophy

Updated at: 22 April 2008 12:04 AM

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