The Secret to Motivating Others

A seal is rewarded with a fish by its trainer.

Dogs learn obedience from positive reinforcement – a treat is one way to reward an animal.

Humans too frequently resort to negative tactics to win cooperation – sometimes it works, but never for the long term.

  • Almost no one doesn’t respond to positive reinforcement whether it’s another adult or even a teenager.
  • Rewarding effort is better than criticizing performance.
  • Teach by asking indirect questions rather than make demands
  • A human “treat” is a “well done”, “I’m proud of your effort” or “thank you”

By showing others how to succeed, you succeed.