This article got passed around a lot last week, and I planned on posting it, but didn't get around to it.

Truly creative people tend not to be motivated by money. That’s why so few of us have any. The riches we crave are acknowledgment and appreciation of the ideas that we have and the things that we make. A simple but sincere “That’s quite good.” from someone who’s opinion we respect (usually a fellow artisan) is worth infinitely more than any pay-rise or bonus.
— http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/

The author is accurate in pretty much everything he says. I've been in nearly every single one of the situations described. Some of it is so true it's a little bit of a gut check, especially considering the author died of cancer a few weeks ago.

Once you're done with this article, read some of the others on his blog.

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AuthorSheffield Leithart