Sunday, December 14, 2008

Physics & Human Nature

Physics and human nature have lot many similarities. We are aware of Newton’s laws of motion and its applications. But do we know these laws apply to human nature as accurately as it applies to Physics.

Newton’s Second law of motion:

The rate of change of momentum of a body is proportional to the applied force and takes place in the direction in which the force acts.

According to this law it is the applied force, which decides how long a moving mass will continue to move in a particular direction. This is also called as Velocity. Very often the word velocity and speed are used interchangeably. But these two words are different. Velocity is a vector quantity, which has both magnitude as well as direction, whereas speed is a scalar quantity having only magnitude.

Similarly, this is our ‘Motivation’ i.e. our desire/interest (the velocity), which decides extent of our success. More and more is the desire/interest towards a particular job better are our chances of success. But remember, if the actions are not aligned in the direction, which help us to achieve goals we can gain speed, in other words will work hard and much faster than others, still will not yield results as expected. Therefore, this is our duty to set the direction for ourselves as well as our team members so as our motivation ‘the force’ works as velocity and take us to those heights of success, which nobody has attained so far.

Excerpts from the book: ‘Why My Horse Doesn’t Drink – Learn to motivate people around you

Vivek Mehrotra

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