The conventional rules miss the fundamental act of good management — managing for progress.

— Teresa Amabile

People ask me what my number one piece of advice is for attaining the motivation to do great work. It's usually at a dinner party or some other social function, and I think they're disappointed by my answer. For three reasons:

1. I get all super-academic-excited.
2. I don't say the usual simple stuff like ‘just believe’ or ‘visualise your success’.
3. The answer is as simple as it is powerful.

Here it is:

Make progress visible.

That's my number one piece of advice. If you stop reading now, and just go out there and reduce the latency between effort and meaningful feedback, then you will have ...

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