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What Motivates Us?

8 Jun 2015, 05:28 UTC
What Motivates Us?
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Along the lines of lessons from religion that I think may have strong utility for secular life as well is the concept of what motivates us, and the thought that some types of motivations are better than others. If you’re the areligious sort, I would skim or skip the next section, but it provides some useful background for the more secular analog I want to describe in the section after that.
Motivations for Service from a Religious Context
Before I get into the details, I wanted to provide a tiny bit of background. I have heard variations of this lesson about differing levels of motivation a few times in church, so I decided to try and find the original source. As best I can tell, the basis for this was a conference talk by Dallin H. Oaks in October 1984. He had just been called as member of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles earlier that year, but hadn’t been able to speak in the first conference of the year because he hadn’t finished wrapping up his time on the Utah Supreme Court. He decided to focus his first conference talk on the various reasons why people serve, particularly ...

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