Employee Motivation Quotes

“Intrinsic motivation is conducive to creativity; controlling extrinsic motivation is detrimental to creativity.”

Daniel H. Pink


“For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation-the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing-is essential for high levels of creativity.”

Daniel H. Pink


“Money can extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity, encourage unethical behavior, foster short-term thinking, and become addictive.”

Daniel H. Pink


“Most people aren’t anywhere near to realizing their creative potential, in part because they’re laboring in environments that impede intrinsic motivation.”

Teresa Amabile


“Monetary rewards are not a substitute for intrinsic motivation.”

W. Edwards Deming


“Economists and workplace consultants regard it as almost unquestioned dogma that people are motivated by rewards, so they don’t feel the need to test this. It has the status more of religious truth than scientific hypothesis. The facts are absolutely clear. There is no question that in virtually all circumstances in which people are doing things in order to get rewards, extrinsic tangible rewards undermine intrinsic motivation.”

New Scientist, April 9, 2011


“I’m saved every day by the intrinsic value of the work I do, which I truly enjoy.”

Al Jarreau


“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”

Benjamin Franklin


“Paychecks can’t buy passion.”

Brad Federman


“To build a culture of engagement it is important to incorporate training on intrinsic motivation and employee engagement into management development programs.”

Kenneth Thomas


“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.”

Betty Bender


“We find that financial incentives… can result in a negative impact on overall performance.”

Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch, London School of Economics


“Rewards usually improve performance only at extremely simple—indeed, mindless—tasks, and even then they improve only quantitative performance.”

Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes


“Monetary rewards are not a substitute for motivation.”

W. Edwards Deming


“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone tries to light that fire for you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

Stephen R. Covey


“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs


“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

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“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Henry Ford


“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.”

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Mark Twain


“Motivation will almost always beat more talent.”

Norman Ralph Augustine


“Any time you’re trying to upsell someone else, stop what you’re doing and upserve instead.”

Daniel Pink