Inspired by Meaning?
THE BED ROCK of all ambition is motivation--an intense and sustainable drive toward a specific goal. Any effort you make to increase your ability to achieve must begin with an examination of your motivation, with an eye toward how you can increase and maintain your drive. Traditionally, women's motivation to contribute has been most powerfully expressed within the home. Achieving outside the home requires harnessing that same motivational energy and directing it toward goals that are less safe and familiar. This shift of motivation is challenging, often opposed not only by social and familial forces but also by internal anxieties and self-doubt. How have those women who have achieved managed to find the determination to succeed?
To explore this, consider the motivation of three great women of history: Hildegard of Bingen, Harriet Tubman, and Florence Nightingale.
I have always remembered a fact I learned in medical school: The seventeenth-century British anatomist William Harvey is called the father of