If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Though attributed to Saint-Exupéry in several business self-help books, no example written by Saint-Exupéry has been found. See wikiquote for more discussion on the matter.
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