When life is so good in America, it's easy to slack off. Here are three keys to motivation. None of them have much to do about money.
Here's a short 10 minute video I stumbled upon which eerily highlights several things I do and why (ie play guitar). The video also touches upon reasons why some people are willing to do things for free. While others strongly consider giving up big salaries to just work on a hobby.
When I first wrote this post in 2010, I was already beginning to try a find away out of finance. This video helped me think of ways to get out. Ultimately, I negotiated a severance after 11 years and left in 2012.
Three Keys To Motivation
I find myself agreeing with pretty much everything the video has to say. Money has become a secondary motivational factor for me over the past several years.
Three Keys To Motivation
Something just happened where I've become satisfied in making what I make, oh my! Sure, I have a “make $1 million bucks” goal for 2010, but that's really just one of those fun, see if I can do it goals. Autonomy, mastery, and purpose are things I look forward to now.
Progress is a wonderful feeling, which is why I try and play a musical instrument and sing in my free time. Music also helps fill the void when I'm injured due to sports.
Going from not knowing the chords and the words of a song, to mastering a tune from memory that's good enough to record is an unbelievable sense of accomplishment.
I've been working on getting the finger picking of Pearl Jam's “Just Breathe” for the past month, and I can't seem to get it right. But dammit, I'm going to keep practicing because it's such a beautiful song!
After you have a certain amount of money and experience, you definitely want autonomy. You're no longer a fresh college grad that is constantly micro-managed by senior colleagues.
A sure fire way for a company to lose a star employee is to restrict their freedom and ignore their good work.
Blogging Has Given Me All Three
Blogging is an incredible example of autonomy. Nobody is going to tell me what to write and that's so liberating. I'll thrive and fade with my decisions alone.
Purpose is something that can either be questioned before you start your journey or after. Having purpose is one of the most important keys to motivation. Purpose is why I'm still blogging 3X a week since 2009!
You can be a high school or college student who has no freaking idea what you're supposed to do in life.
Or, you can be a 20 year veteran in the workforce who has built a great resume, as well as financial security, but realize you're middle aged now and wonder if there's more to life since you've already conquered insecurity, be it financial or otherwise.
The purpose of this site was never to make money, even though it now makes a good amount. The purpose was to just create something tangible that serves as a creative outlet for someone who was once creative. I want to be that kid in pottery class again, molding that wet clay on a rapidly rotating swivel stick.
Finally, after writing 2,000+ articles since 2009, I have mastery. It feels great to be in the top 1% in something.
Readers, what are several motivating factors for you in your life or in your job? Have you noticed money increase or decrease in importance as a motivational factor? Share with us your keys to motivation.
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