19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day

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"I'll show you."

I'm ashamed to admit it, but one of the best ways to motivate me is to insult me... or for me to manufacture a way to feel insulted, regardless of whether I'm actually justified in feeling that way or not. Justified is not the point; fueling my motivation to do whatever it takes to prove that person wrong and, more importantly, achieve what I want to achieve is all that matters.
Call it artificial competition or manufactured anger; call it childish and immature; call it creating perceived insults… but it works for me. (Hey, it worked for Michael Jordan.)
And it can work for you.