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Demotivational Posters

Early in my career, when I was employed by a very large telecom company, I worked in a cavernous 80,000 square foot office with purple cubicle walls, purple pillars and rows and rows of fluorescent lights. Dozens of stereotypical office motivational posters were tacked to the office walls encouraging us to "achieve our goals", "strive for success" and "persevere at all costs". These inspired me to write a few demotivational posters of my own and add them to the taleas comic collection. Several of these posters can even be found decorating the office walls in a few startups around the Austin area.

Traditional motivational posters use a white frames, black background with a centered inspirational image and, mockingly, demotivational posters use the same light on black format with either an ironic image and sarcastic caption or an inspirational image with a sarcastic caption. In keeping with my whimsical and cartoony style I have decided to draw my demotivational posters in my own style. While it's a very stark departure from the expected format I feel like it presents the dark and sarcastic tones in a more lighthearted manner.

Perseverance Demotivational Poster

#64: Perseverance Demotivational Poster

An iceberg. "Perseverance: impossible, buddy that was just the beginning."
Courage Demotivational Poster

#65: Courage Demotivational Poster

A stick figure jumps off a cliff into very shallow water with rocks. "Courage: easily confused with stupidity"

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Courage Demotivational Poster
Integrity Demotivational Poster

#67: Integrity Demotivational Poster

The Enron logo. "Integrity: optional"
Endurance Demotivational Poster

#68: Endurance Demotivational Poster

A melted snowman. "Endurance: even the best have limits."
Achievement Demotivational Poster

#70: Achievement Demotivational Poster

A poster with a stick figure standing on top of a very tall mountain. Two taller mountains overshadow the very tall mountain. The stick figure exclaims, "Seriously?!". "Achievement: Sometimes it's better to just lower your standards."

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Achievement Demotivational Poster
Punctuality Demotivational Poster

#74: Punctuality Demotivational Poster

A poster with a worm wearing a necktie with the sun rising in the distance. "Punctuality: as for the early worm - well, he gets eaten alive by the first hungry bird that comes along."

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Punctuality Demotivational Poster
Ideation Demotivational Poster

#80: Ideation Demotivational Poster

A poster containing a lit candle, a tungston lightbulb and a compact fluorescent bulb. "Ideation: and you thought you were the first to have a bright idea."
Team Demotivational Poster

#112: Team Demotivational Poster

Demotivational poster with the word TEAM written in a square-blocky style with a lowercase letter "i" as the whitespace in the letter "a". The caption reads: "Apparently there is an "I" in team after all!".

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Team Demotivational Poster
Not Listening Demotivational Poster

#121: Not Listening Demotivational Poster

Demotivational Poster with black background. Blue text reads, "The most destructive thing one person can do to another is not listen." - I don't remember, I wasn't listening