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from: 18 . 02 . 16


…So fear is a powerful factor of motivation. This is probably the most wide spread factor of motivation for people. In most countries of the world, children in their millions wake up the morning to go to school. We all know it is not because they want to. Most of them probably don’t want to go, but the fear and the perception of the society keeps them coming back to those classes. The parents make sure their kids go to school because they are driven by societal expectations, while the kids oblige to the requirements of the parents and go to school because of fear of punishment. So fear is a factor everywhere.

“Fear sells. Fear makes money. The countless companies and consultants in the business of protecting the fearful from whatever they may fear know it only too well. The more fear, the better the sales.” – Daniel Gardner.

When kids refuse to do their assignments and home works, the teachers use the fear factor to keep them straight. The students are told they will not get money, they would not get promoted and all kinds of things. Unfortunately, with the modern world of social media, and information age, people are getting themselves free off the fear factor. So we need to look for other ways of keeping people motivated apart from the more traditional reason like fear.

“Fear begins and ends with the desire to be secure; inward and outward security, with the desire to be certain, to have permanency. The continuity of permanence is sought in every direction, in virtue, in relationship, in action, in experience, in knowledge, in outward and inward things. To find security and be secure is the everlasting cry. It is this insistent demand that breeds fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti


Money is another big factor of motivation in all generations of human history. In fact many would argue that money is the number one motivating factor for human endeavors. The grip of money over the souls of men is so undeniable that even the Lord Jesus Christ gave it recognition through his teaching.

According to Jesus everyone either worships God almighty or the god of mammon which is the god of money. Jesus therefore elevates the role and the influence of money to equal that of deity. The influence and power that money exacts over people is almost as strong as religious deity. Just like with God, money demands obedience. Just as with God, money demands worship. Just as with God, money demands supremacy. All these reasons contribute to why Jesus equates the power of money to that of deity.

“You can be motivated by fear, and you can be motivated by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self-motivation.” ― Homer Rice

Money and the desire to possess it, drives people to do and undo. Money causes people to give themselves up to an eight hour of daily labor just to be able to take something home at the end of the day. People basically sell themselves into temporary slavery just to be able to take something home. Money is a powerful force of motivation. For money, men and women agree to abandon their families if they would be sure to come up with an amount of money that satisfies their desires.

To be continued tomorrow with the following points:

  • The human dissatisfaction with the money factor in motivation
  • The love factor in motivation


By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.


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