“Money, Success, Words and Motivation…” – How Are They Connected, How to Stay Motivated, And Chase

motivationIs there a link between motivation, words, success, and money? If yes, how are these four connected? How can you remain motivated? Which is the best strategy to chase success?

According to scientific evidence, a link exists between motivation, words, success, and money.


Words are extremely powerful. They boast the ability to persuade, motivate, and inspire. Unfortunately, words can also dissuade, dismiss, and discourage. Words wield the power to plant failure or success seeds in your mind. Ultimately, you reveal what you believe, how you think, and who you are.

Tips to persuading, inspiring, and motivating using words

  • Always say ‘you’ rather than ‘I’ – The words ‘your’ and ‘you’ are the most persuasive words especially in an attempt to influence the thinking of another person. This is because they refer to the listener directly.
  • Practice these three; Ask, Acknowledge, Appreciate – Simple words that show how you value a person not only generate emotions but also create job satisfaction.
  • Use short words – According to research, the most persuasive words happen to be the oldest and shortest.


Just like many other things, success starts with attitude. When struggling, small bursts of inspiration can result to a big difference … When you see so many successful motivational speakers, politicians, celebrities, businessmen and athletes, it is easy that they are very special. Granted, they’re — they worked hard to achieve their dreams. However, it does not mean that they’re any more special than you.

You possess everything it takes to achieve your dreams just like any other successful personality out there. You just need to know what you need to do in order in order to be successful in whatever it is you put your mind and heart into.

For sure, greatness is not elusive; it’s something that truly exists in everyone.


Does money really equate to success? Is money the best motivator? Scientific research suggests that money might not be the best way or strategy to motivate desirable behavior. Actually, it can be the worst ways.

Compared to money, emotional sources of motivation tend to be more powerful. For instance, in an organization, the approval of your personal network, admiration of subordinates and respect of peers can all lead to more motivation.

Money is normally considered a default motivator since it is fungible, tangible, and measurable. Trouble will always strike anytime the prospect of lacking money becomes the main goal. It feeds an extremely self-serving emotion, greed.

Exactly what works better compared to money?

It solely depends on the form of motivation you are after. Money is great at both attracting and retaining individuals compared to influencing their behavior. If you want to be successful at motivating work behavior, you need to focus on exactly how workers feel about the work itself.

Feelings of fairness and relatedness are also motivators. Daily perceptions, social networks, and informal interactions compared to formal promotions or money inform such feelings.


Motivation, words, success, and money are all linked in some way. Money, success, and words play some role in motivating individuals. There is no doubt about that.

Writer In Residence

Writer In Residence

Deborah Tyler-Bennett

During the Festival weekend at the Newton Building, Deborah Tyler Bennett will be running

    • Poetry Writing Workshop (Saturday 16th February, 12.15- 1.15pm).
    • Fiction Writing Workshop (Sunday 17th February) 1.30pm -3.30pm.
    • Drop-in workshop in the foyer – inspiring people to write using lace from the University Archives, as well as other objects and pictures.
    • Over-seeing the creation of a public poem – Hearts of Lace, encouraging everyone to add a couple of lines to the poem.


Deborah Tyler Bennett works as a poet for many national galleries and museums, including the Science Museum, National Gallery, The Collection, and the Usher Gallery.
She was recently resident poet for Sussex Day at the Royal Pavilion Tearooms, Brighton.
In summer 2010 she was a Poetry Lives Here resident writer at Keats House, Hampstead.
Many of her poems are influenced by vintage fashion which she collects and wears.


  • Revudeville (King’s England, 2011): sequences united by images from visual art
  • Pavilion (Smokestack, 2010): a collection set in Brighton and inspired by dandies
  • Clark Gable in Mansfield (King’s England, 2003), Her first collection, from which the title poem is published as the epilogue to Clark Gable in Pictures: Candid Images of the Actor’s Life, by Chrystopher J. Spicer (McFarland Books, 2011).
  • Mytton… Dyer… Sweet Billy Gibson… (Nine Arches Press, 2011)
  • Take Five (Shoestring, 2003), selected poems


Photo: Frances O’Donnell


Recent readings have included:
  • Castor and Pollux Modern Artwork (Brighton)
  • Beeston International Poetry Festival (Notts)
  • Keats Festival 2010/ 2011 (London)
  • Poetry in the Crypt (London)
  • Lowdham Book Festival


  • Scottish International Poetry Competition: The Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy 2001
  • Scottish International Poetry Competition: First prize in the Long Poem section 2005

Nottingham Festival of Words goes to University!

Nottingham Festival of Words goes to University!

Saturday 16th February and Sunday 17th February
10.00am – 5.00pm

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February, the Festival will take over Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building.
Passes can be purchased for entry to talks, panels, readings, performances, workshops and more.
The Newton Building is wheelchair accessible throughout.
Free Entrance to the foyer, for the book market and ‘have a go’ activities.
Newton Building Passes available from Festival Box Office

Newton Building Passes
In Advance
Adult (18+)
In Advance
In Advance
Child (12-17)
On the Door
On the Door

Weekend Pass






Day Pass






Half-day Pass







Concessions = Full time students, OAPs and unwaged
Half-day passes give access to the keynote speech and events before that (morning pass) or after that (afternoon pass)
or online from the Festival Box Office
If you wish to attend a workshop, once you have obtained your pass, please email info@nottwords.org.uk to book your place.

Flash Fiction Competition

Flash Fiction Competition

To celebrate National Storytelling Week (Saturday 26th January – Saturday 2nd February) Nottingham Festival of Words has run a Flash Fiction Competition. Here are the best stories. Enjoy!


The Wasp

Andy Boulton

With an elegant ferocity, he took skywards. Tumbling through the sharp summer air, buffeted by his own hunger, his furious thirst for the sweetness of man’s dark nectar, a primitive stench of violence burning beneath the nothingness of his eyes. Poor Ian. He really thought he was a wasp.

Runner Up

How the Music Lingers

Zelda Chappel

The music lingered only in her ears. Outside streetlights offer an awkward spotlight ’til the guys join her, adrenaline spiked, two girls following. High-fives and cigarettes exchanged, their laughter hangs melodies on cold air. She stole his eyes, held them in her pocket. In these times, she thinks, it’ll do.

Runner Up

Another Door Opens

Neil Baker

I told my husband that anticipation was everything. There is not enough suspense, I said. He thought for a year and said this: I will leave you for another woman, but I won’t tell you when – would that do? You are a year too late, I said, shutting the door.


Isaac Counts Coins

Pete Walsh

In the moments before time ends, Isaac counts his coins. Whether they are ducat or florin is immaterial, so is the concept he does it to remain occupied. Whatever drives him, Isaac surrenders freely when the end of time arrives. Not everything stops however: the coins fall from his hand.

Seventeen Letters and One Reply

Lauren Rogers

“They’ve replied!”
Lynne rushed into the kitchen waving the letter.
“What does it say?”
“I haven’t opened it yet.” She propped the letter against the jam pot. “I can’t do it, George. Open it for me, but only tell me if it’s good news.”

The Door

Andy S. Barritt

The door was black and set in a wall near the park. ‘Daddy lives there’ I told my sister. Years later she called it a mean trick, not realising it was a secret I shared because I loved her. A door Daddy never entered was one he could never leave.


Sue Barsby

She saw him through a gap in the loom. The machinery moved and he was gone. And back again. And gone. He appeared in full, incongruous beside a tatting display, took one look at her and they ran from the museum. Fingers woven together, they left the past behind.


Jane Hogan

I go down on her. She goes down on me. We have sex. We play Call of Duty.


Emma Zimmerman

There was that day when you got found out. The police—like ants at first—advanced up the rough field, handcuffs strapped to their waists. I ran and hid and couldn’t look at you. For weeks I stared at the ground, tears burning my hot pink cheeks.

Working Towards The Weekend

Kate Rounding

The roar of productivity from the huge machines dwarfed the tiny figure of Shell. She reached up and dragged the huge plate down, turning the cranks to create another step in the evolution of the tiny socks with lacy edges. One step nearer pay-day and party time.

Man’s Best Friend

Kate Cartwright

Sacha found him in the woods. I wanted to get help, but he stopped me.
‘I’m sick,’ he said. ‘I’ve come here to die, like your dog would.’
She nosed at his hand.
‘Let her stay awhile?’ he asked.
I called her away; he would be colder alone.

“One Final Kiss”

Elizabeth Simpson

“In a relationship.”
Two years together, and this was how he chose to tell her he’d moved on? A Facebook update? After a few moments spent in shock, Laura composed herself. Hacking into his computer was easy.
She blew him one final kiss before pressing “send” on the virus code.

Wednesday 15 October

Death Sentences in The Galleries of Justice


  • 2 – 4.30 pm
  • 30 ( 25 conc.)

Please note: the workshop is on a first-come-first-served basis and advance booking is essential.


  • 7 pm
  • 10 ( 7 conc.)

Join three of the UK’s best-selling crime writers, Stephen Booth, Steven Dunne and Anne Zouroudi, as we delve into the dark underbelly of crime for a creative-writing workshop and reading event at the infamous and award-winning Galleries of Justice, the most haunted building in the UK!

In the afternoon, 18 writers of all levels of experience will be led to a place of writing execution to take part in a workshop with Stephen Booth and Steven Dunne. This is a chance for you to explore the craft of crime writing with a series of short exercises, including ‘creating a killer’, and detailed feedback to get you started on your crime novel.

In the evening Steven and Stephen will join Anne Zouroudi at the magistrates’ bench in the atmospheric Civil Court, as they read from their newest titles, The Unquiet Grave, The Corpse Bridge and The Feast of Artemis. After the reading, there will be a chance for you to meet the authors who will be happy to sign books.

There is a 20% discount on a group buy of five or more tickets for the Reading event. Use Promotion Code: NFW5

A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth has written 14 novels featuring young Derbyshire police detectives DS Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, which have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and are currently in development as a TV series. His most recent title is The Corpse Bridge.

Writing Hungary

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

  • 4 – 6.00 pm
  • 4 ( 3 conc.)

    In 2012 Hungarian Nobel laureate Imre Kertész described Hungary as a country ‘on the wrong side of history facing both east and west’, while composer Gyorgy Ligeti spoke of the great lyrical qualities in Hungarian poetry.

In this event, celebrated poet and translator George Szirtes, poet and children’s writer, Anna T Szabó, and academic and writer, Anna Menyhert discuss historical and contemporary Hungarian literature as well as read from their own work.

Tuesday 14 October

Writing the First World War – Workshop

Bromley House Library
11.30 – 1.30 pm

(Limited numbers so booking is essential)
Judith Allnatt, the Festival Writer in Residence, will draw on the Bromley House Library’s exhibition of WW1 letters, objects, images and art, to explore the stories of the Nottinghamshire men and women caught up in the conflict. Through writing exercises, participants will step off from this starting point into stories or poems of their own.


Sillitoe Room, Waterstones

  • 7.30 – 9.30 pm
  • 5 ( 3 conc.)

    In a world increasingly divided into haves and have nots, or believers and apostates, what is the role of the writer?

Belfast playwright Gary Mitchell was forced into hiding following his depictions of life in Loyalist communities.

Poet Suhrab Sirat lives in exile unable to return to war-torn Afghanistan.

Writer and Editor Malu Halasa showcased the work of artists and writers in Syria Speaks which challenges the culture of violence and intimidation in a country split between military factions.

They will read and discuss their work with Jo Glanville director of English PEN.

Please note: there is a 20% discount on a group buy of five or more tickets for this event. Use Promotion Code: NFW5

Volunteering Opportunities!

Are you interested in doing something constructive or different with your spare time?
Do you want to improve your CV with volunteering experience?
Are you interested in helping with a landmark literary event in Nottingham?

• Front of House: We will need volunteers at various venue around the city to staff events during the Festival, including taking tickets, greeting guests and assisting event organisers with various tasks. The main commitment for this will be February 9th–24th 2013.

• Box Office Assistants: Tickets for events at the Newton Building will be available at our box office in the Newton Building itself. This will be staffed in shifts.

• Social Media: We’re looking for enthusiastic and social media savvy individuals, who would be interested in promoting the build-up to our event and post messages live during the Festival as well. This will mainly be on Facebook or Twitter, and you could do one or both, with regular updates preferred. This will include following the right people, getting retweets from people like local media and raising online awareness of the Festival.

• Technical Assistants: A number of events at the Festival, primarily at the Newton Building, will require the use of computers, projectors and other AV equipment. In order to do this we need volunteers with knowledge and experience to help operate these during events.

For more details or to sign up, email us at info@nottwords.org.uk.