Old school is “carrots and sticks.” New school is “inspired action.” I think of inspiration as, “to breathe life into.” Inspiration is powerful because it comes from within, and intrinsic motivation wins over extrinsic motivation in the long run.
I’ve put together an extensive collection of some of the most inspirational quotes of all time. In a patterns & practices sort of way, I drew from a lot of sources, including Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Emerson, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Twain, Franklin, Churchill and more. Bruce Lee is in there too.
Use the inspirational quotes to help you roll with the punches, stand strong when tested, and bring out your best in whatever you do, whether it’s writing the code to change the world, leading projects to change the game, managing people to bring out their best, or simply giving your best where you’ve got your best to give.