There are two kinds of people in this world: sources and sinks. Those who give and those who take. You know that guy who always makes you feel optimistic and hopeful? He’s a source. As Oscar Wilde put it:

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Some live as a life-giving spring: feeding and inspiring nearby folks as they wend their way across the land.

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as I work on various projects, I’ve noticed that one thing motivates me almost more than anything else—gratitude. Yes, yes, when we got our first sale I did a little dance. That was exciting and motivating. But when people stop to say thank you, in an email, post or chat, it motivates me all the more. A little thanks can make a lonely, discouraging day much brighter. Because truthfully, we all waffle between being sources and sinks at times.

Consider who you could thank today. A spouse, child, co-worker, cashier, open source maintainer, stranger or friend.

Be a source.