Char of life-long learners LO5495

Michael McMaster (
Sat, 10 Feb 1996 13:45:02 +0000

Replying to LO5397 --

One more foray in my campaign to kill off "motivation" as a useful
word in a non-manipulative environment.

Why say "tap into the motivation they already have."

What about, say, "engage the interests they already have" or, if we
mean the *self-generated life-force* then, "engage their existing

Why do I offer this? Because motivation implies a force from the
outside - at least in my dictionaries, understanding of its
historical roots, and common management language - even when we use
it to talk about our internal motivation. We talk about motivating
ourselves as though our selves and our motive force are separate.

Michael McMaster

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