Personality at Work: The Role of Individual Differences in the Workplace

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Chapter 4

Personality and work motivation

Business is like a wheelbarrow. Nothing ever happens until you start pushing.

Anon

I was made to work; if you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.

J.S. Bach

There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.

A. Huxley

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.

Robert Frost

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.

E.B. White

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli

The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality and the desire for achievement and success.

Lin Yutang

Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father’s store or farm.

C.W. Mills


4.1 INTRODUCTION

One of the most interesting but difficult questions with regard to personality at work is why people work: what motivates them to work as hard or as little

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