The book Skillful Means: Patterns for Success by Tarthang Tulku is powerful read about the motivation underpinning human work.
Here is an excerpt:
"Skillful means is a three-step process that can be applied to any situation in our lives. The first step is to become aware of the reality of our difficulties, not simply by intellectual acknowledgement, but by honest observation of ourselves. Only in this way will we fin the motivation to take the second step: making a firm resolve to change. When we have clearly seen the nature of our problems and have begun to change them, we can share what we have learned with others. This sharing can be the most satisfying experience of all, for there is a deep and lasting joy in seeing others find the means to make their lives fulfilling and productive."
"When we use skillful means, we directly approach our work, take immediate action to solve our problems, and uncover the strength of our natural abilities. Each of us has this potential, and if we realize it, we can then share our insights and appreciation with others. Eventually, we may be able to bring benefit and enjoyment to all of humanity, so that all will learn to lead satisfying lives."
Excerpted from Skillful Means: Patterns for Success by Tarthang Tulku (Nyingma Psychology Series). Copyright © 1991 by Dharma Publishing. All rights reserved.