Food is a great source of motivation for both man and beast alike.
Real Estate was far from my first occupation and I hate to admit it but Real Estate ranked pretty low on my motivational scale. That being said even lower was my attempt to follow in my dad's footsteps as a Life Insurance agent. I did find some motivational inspiration however when my dad gave me a book by Joe Gandolfo, the only life insurance agent to sell a billion dollars of life insurance in a single year (and that was back in the 60's). His book was The Thrill Of Selling.
Believe it or not one of the most motivational jobs I had was working at a surplus hardware store (now a small chain) named Mac's. At that time Mac's worked with several Hutterite communities who paid with beef and chicken for their purchases. Mac's would use the meat to motivate us to sell more hardware and receive bonuses in beef and chicken. In addition to our regular pay it was not unusual to receive 20 lbs of beef as a bonus.
Then again there is MONEY
My favorite occupation was the most financial rewarding and like Mac's they had bonuses of both cash and "things" you could pick out of a catalog. That company was United Church Directories and I'd still be with them today had they not sold out to a horrible company (in my opinion) called LifeTouch. UCD was a national company and had several competitors. I was consistently one of the top three agents nationally and I earned a lot of money because I loved the job and the rewards.
In both cases stated above I found my motivation in the bonuses. This was also true with another early career selling stereo equipment. Bonuses were stereo equipment and something new to me at the time... spiffs. Spiffs were cash right out of the till for selling certain products (instant gratification).
Speaking of "food" as inspiration and a bonus it is only fitting that I end this post with an explanation of John 6:53. When Jesus said what he said in John 6:53 - 58 many of his followers left him because they didn't understand and were freaked out by what he said. What he was saying was that we must totally consume him for total understanding and eternal life. You can not top the bonus of eternal like with God and that is why I consume Him every day.