“Keep Calm and Carry On” is the most famous motivational poster, with “Tomorrow is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life” coming in at a close second. But back in the 1910s through the Depression-era 1930s, motivation was in its golden years. How did industrialists and business leaders get the most productivity out of their workers? Not through cost-of-living increases or profit sharing or unexpected bonuses—but through a barrage of motivational sayings.
Watch for tomorrow’s Daily Heller for more fresh motivations. [Update: Here’s part two.]
.Still feeling unmotivated? Try the book Inspirability: 40 Top Designers Speak Out About What Inspires, or Glenn John Arnowitz’s webcast on “Design Inspiration for the Wired, Tired and Uninspired.”