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Motivation Illustrations

  • sky raysThis is the beginning of a new day.

    You have been given

    this day to use as you will.

    You can waste it or use it for good.

    What you do today is important

    because you are exchanging

    a day of your life for it.

    When tomorrow comes,

    this day will be gone forever;

    in its place is something that

    you have left behind...

    let it be something good.

    - Author unknown

  • hand shakeThere is a special place in life,
    That needs my humble skill,
    A certain job I'm meant to do,
    Which no one else can fulfill.

    The time will be demanding,
    And the pay is not too good
    And yet I wouldn't change it
    for a moment -- even if I could.

  • dog lazyOne day at the veterinarian's office where I take my dog,  the receptionist and a man were verbally sparring with one another. After a few tense moments, a technician came to her co-worker's defense.

    "Sir," she interjected, "are you aware of what happens to aggressive males in this office?"

  • strollerWhile visiting the Atlanta area, I walked through a lovely park with a wide path where people could jog, run their dogs or ride trail bikes. As I descended a hill, I saw a woman coming toward me, pushing a stroller with two toddlers in it.

    "We're coming to a hill," the woman announced to her children, "so you'll have to help me. Are you ready?"

    I wondered how the little ones could be of assistance, but as I passed by I heard them earnestly repeating their encouragement:

    "I think I can, I think I can..."

  • drivewayThe teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found.

    Undaunted, she went outside and in a few minutes returned with the lens in her hand.

    "How did you manage to find it, Mom?" the teenager asked.

    "We weren't looking for the same thing," she replied. "You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for $500."

  • parachuteA passenger is in a plane enjoying the view of the clouds when a man in a parachute appears at the window. The man says "Would you like to join me?"

    The passenger responds with, "No thanks."

    The man says, "Suit yourself, I'm the pilot."

  • man large21. Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner...as well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it's nice to see how much weight you've lost overnight.

    2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair.

    3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case, blurred vision is an asset. Don't forget the earrings, these things can weigh at least a pound.

  • dry cleanersOne day, at the dry-cleaning shop of a local air force base, I overheard a young airman describe in great detail how he wanted his uniform cleaned and pressed.

    When he finished, the counter clerk asked, "Are you getting an award, or do you have an important military function to attend?"

    "Nothing like that," the airman said. "I'm going home on leave, and my little brother is taking me to his second-grade class for show-and-tell."

  • office womanWhen I take a long time, I am slow.
    When my boss takes a long time, he is thorough.

    When I don't do it, I am lazy.
    When my boss doesn't do it, he's too busy.

    When I do it without being told, I'm trying to be smart.
    When my boss does the same, that is initiative.

  • cowboy tackThe cowboy walked into the tack shop. "How much for a pair of spurs?" he asked the sales clerk.

    "Forty dollars."

    The cowboy looked in his wallet, thought for a moment, then pulled out a twenty. "I'll take one spur."

    "What'll you do with just one?" the clerk asked.

    The cowboy replied, "I figger if I can get one side of the horse movin', the other side'll go too."

  • Teenagers see the opportunity.Someone in our neighborhood put a huge sofa out by the curb for trash collection.

    Since it was in good shape, many motorists slowed down for a look. But when they saw how enormous it was, they'd leave.

    Eventually, a sports car pulled up, and two teens got out.

    "This I've got to see," I thought.

    They removed the cushions, turned the sofa upside down, and shook it hard. Then they picked up all the coins that tumbled out and drove off laughing.

  • student1There was a kid taking a Statistics Class in college (STT101). He finished his exam in half the time allotted, and the rest of the time he sat and flipped a coin.

    The teacher asked what he was doing and he said,

    "I'm checking my answers."