Quotes of the weekend: Rewards, punishments, baseball, and bullets
From the playing fields of 21st century America to the killing fields of 20th century Europe, here are two interesting perspectives on motivation.
“I was offered a very nice contract from the Yankees [after the 2007] season but it was a reduction in pay. I could get the money back if we won this, that, and the other thing. I was insulted that they thought I needed to be motivated financially to go out there and do a better job. That’s when I walked away.
The second comes from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (buy it here, here, or here), who emailed me a short passage from Stephen Spender‘s autobiography World Within World, in which he describes a solider he calls “Jimmy”:
“As with most soldiers, the army had disciplined him at the price of breaking down any power of self-discipline which he might once have had. Outside the Army he seemed lacking in will and purpose, because these had been forced on to him by punishments and drills.”
Food for thought on a Saturday afternoon.