Motivation from Inspiration
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.”—Henry Ford
Feeling a lack of motivation to hit the iron? Perhaps a short Latin lesson is in order. Motivation comes from the Latin word for "movement." Inspiration comes from the Latin word for "breathing." I don't know about you, but I don't do much moving without breathing. Your problem is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of inspiration! Get to the library. Grab a classic or two and remember the words of Uncle Herman, "All deep earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea, whilst the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore" (Melville's Moby Dick).
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