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A number of weeks ago I asked readers to tell me what motivates them. The most original/inspiring contribution was awarded with $100 worth of software development books. Some of my colleagues acted as an independent jury, and Russell Ball, the author of the Caffeinated Coder blog, was selected as the winner, because of the great blog post he wrote on this subject. (And Russell's blatant attampts at unashamed begging did not even make a difference!)
In this post I just want to share some highlights of the many emails that I got. The list below should serve as a reminder that your team members' motivation is often very personal, and can be as undefineable, unpredictable (and ridiculous) as their tastes in food, music, and (wo)men. On the other hand, the list can also serve as a sanity check for our own motivation. Software development is a great profession. If you look at this list, isn't it hard to be not motivated…?
The original question:
What is it that gets you motivated to do your job really well?
Note: most people sent me large emails with many reasons for motivation. But these particular lines, hand-picked from those emails, somehow grabbed my attention…
As I said, I received much more than this. (I trust you will thank me for not copy-pasting everything.) This is just a non-random sample, but it nicely reflects the diversity of people's motivation in software development.
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