Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work
“You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.”
BY MARIA POPOVA
“If we design workplaces that permit people to find meaning in their work, we will be designing a human nature that values work,” psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote in his inquiry into what motivates us to work. But human nature itself is a moody beast. “Given the smallest excuse, one will not work at all,” John Steinbeck lamented in his diary of the creative process as he labored over the novel that would soon earn him the Pulitzer Prize and become the cornerstone for his Nobel Prize two decades later.