Motivation Through The Media

Motivation is not a new word in the English language, but only in the past decade or so has it come into common usage. This recent usage probably came about by psychologists, school teachers, and parents who wonder whether their offspring will be sufficiently motivated to make a success of their lives. My dictionary defines "motivate" as "to provide with a motive; to impel; to incite." Motivation is a noun form of the transitive verb "motivate." So, we want to motivate people, perhaps impel them. It is doubtful that we should incite them except in extreme emergencies. The word "incite" has been too often associated with riots or other civil disturbances. The latter connotation may better be dropped at this point. If we are going to motivate people, or attempt to motivate people, it might be well to first decide what we want people to do. Well, what do we want them to do? It is doubtful that any state represented here has more than three or four hundred people engaged professionally in trying to provide better hunting and fishing for upward of a million outdoorsmen who have every right to expect better hunting and fishing, and more important, and more recently, a better environment in which to do so. Only a handful of devoted people cannot possibly, by themselves, accomplish an almost impossible objective. They must have active assistance from what we loosely term "the general public." First, let's get down to objectives. Hunters want better hunting. Obviously, they do their hunting in the fields, woodlands, marshes, and swamps.

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