Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Magnetic Force of Enthusiasm: Motivation: It's a Topic of Great Discussion and Debate. If I Had a Dollar for Every Time I'm Asked How to Motivate Employees, Well, You Know the Adage: I Would Rival Oprah in the Net Worth Department. Motivation Moves People to Action-Both Internally and Externally

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Magnetic Force of Enthusiasm: Motivation: It's a Topic of Great Discussion and Debate. If I Had a Dollar for Every Time I'm Asked How to Motivate Employees, Well, You Know the Adage: I Would Rival Oprah in the Net Worth Department. Motivation Moves People to Action-Both Internally and Externally

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Enthusiasm Motivates

Without excitement for a cause displayed by the one(s) leading the cause, how can others get on board? Why should I believe and support your vision if it doesn't stimulate you? Being enthusiastic acts as a magnetic force to bring others to us: People enjoy being around those who are passionate about what they do. This applies equally to the individual applying for a job and the leader inviting others to work toward the company's goals.

Enthusiasm can be like Anthony Robbins' "rah-rah" and fire-walks, but not exclusively. A rose-colored-glasses attitude will only take you so far; genuine enthusiasm and deep belief in your cause will make the difference.

Enthusiasm Doesn't Live in a Vacuum

Enthusiasm isn't a panacea; knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) must be present to win. However, once present, enthusiasm elevates the player. Be clear though, KSAs must be acceptable before enthusiasm should count toward the winning hand. Passion can be so bewitching that many elevate its importance.

Proceed With Caution

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