People can be motivated by many different means.
Fear is commonly used. So is guilt.
But many people find that other kinds of motivation are
usually more effective in getting more out of those with whom
we live and work.
A twelve-year-old girl took her younger brother, who suffered from a
mental disability, Christmas shopping. As they went into a department
store, the boy accidentally bumped a display, knocking shoes in every
A weary and frazzled clerk grabbed the boy by the arm and demanded,
'Pick them up.'
'No,' the boy screamed in defiance.
'Pick them up,' the clerk shouted.
'No,' the boy shouted back.
His older sister began picking up shoes and the boy started to help.
Before long, the boy, his sister and the tired clerk were working together
to put the shoes back in order.
When they finished, the girl taught the clerk a profound lesson with these
'You have to love my brother into doing it.'
If you live or work with people, you may benefit from her advice.
If you want people to respond to you, try loving them into action.
Bees and people prefer honey. When you fill people with what they want,
you're likely to get what you want out of them.