Praise, Recognition, and Material things Interestingly, surprisingly few people are actually motivated by money although they may think they are. Surveys of the very successful have confirmed that most people are motivated by a sense of self-respect or achievement. In fact, money often comes way down their list. Instead they want others to think of them as successful people or as people to look up to and respect. When people reach this position in life, the money usually follows as a by-product. What Humans Need Many years ago, Abraham Maslow put forth his hierarchy of human needs. They can be summed up in three simple categories: Basic needs such as
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