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A talk about motivation

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Time to graduate from college

My best motivate was when i saw mom and all family are very happy

I think there are many kinds of motivation. Some of them are material but some are not. You can be motivated by bonus (extra money to your salary at the end of the project if the thing will go well) or promotion (once again we're talking about money - the bigger salary). But, you can be motivated not only by money but by fame or respect as well. It's good to know you're the best employee in your company or to see your photo on the honour board.
Of course, money is money and everybody wants to earn more but it's only one side.
People also want to leave a mark in history, to be respected and recognized. It's a good motivation in many fields (sports, culture, science).
Definitely, money plus fame is the best combination ever but sometimes we have to make an important choice between bread and glory. And bread doesn't always win, you know.
So, I totally agree with the main idea of this topic - money and promotion aren't the only way to motivate people nowadays. And many different kinds of research prove that statement.

My motivation goes up when I achieve my goals especially when I success in an exam then I am so motivated to study.

I guess the most important idea related with the motivation is to love what you do... if you like your job you will do an excellent job , to give people rewards is not necessary for achieving goals in the company.

Hi everyone

Well, my biggest motivation is self-development. In this case I learn English myself to become magistrate at exact and natural science. I am Geographer and my dream is to work in National Geographic as a saints, write interesting article about nature, environment people, culture and tradition and help using my job whole world. All those lessens helps me moving forward to my dream and I would like to say thanks all Learn English team for support.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
he offered no incentive, but he told them he was going to use their times to calculate an average time.
What's that mean 'use their times to calculate an average time' ???
Is that mean they free to go or not to go to the office for work?
The most important thing is the job finished??
Thank you very much for your answer and attention.

Hello fahri,

The people were timed (entry 2.2: to measure how long it takes someone to do something) as they solved a problem. The resulting numbers were the people's 'times'. If you have several numbers, you can add them all together and then divide by the number of numbers ('to average') to get the average (entry 2.2).

The people who did this did not win anything ('no incentive').

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

One of the easiest listenings I've had. But about the question, unfortunately due to the easy access to information people tend to read just headlines and not the whole idea as well as following instructions. Doing things quickly and fast is a goal that doesn't need to be rewarded, depends on us.

When I'm interested in this task, I will be motivated automatically.