What is the number one motivator in your life right now?

The things we have to do in life are hard. There’s no easy path in this life. We have to wake up everyday and fend for ourselves. And we have to protect our families and loved ones. It’s not easy. Many of us have to wake up everyday and do work that we truly don’t want to. And pretty much everyone has to work for everything they have. Nothing is handed to you on a silver platter. And if was handed to you on a silver platter, it’s only a matter of time before you lose it to someone that’s outworking you. That’s how it works. You have to get up and go get everything you need in this life. And you have to work even harder for the things that you want. It can be a tough journey pushing through inequalities, unfair disadvantages, and harsh people. But in the end, the only choice we have is to push through to reach our goals.

Through all the ups and downs in life, it can get discouraging. It’s hard when you’ve worked hard for years and years just to see yourself in the same place you started. Everybody gets discouraged at some point in life. And many times all we truly want to do is quit. We want to quit searching for love, quit trying to get a better job, or quit trying to create a life we enjoy. But when times get dire, the ones who push through are often the ones that succeed. And the only way to push through is to stay motivated. We have to keep our motivators front of mind in the face of adversity. And there will be adversity. If we can get motivated, we can face almost any challenge. That’s how the best push through. You have to keep your motivators front and center. It could be the difference between quitting to early and seeing your dreams materialize. So what is the number one motivator in your life right now?

Here’s my thoughts on what the number one motivator in my life is right now.

Aww shucks! I really wanted to write out a story for this answer. I’ve been trying to incorporate more stories into these answers. They give me a chance to illustrate more of my life and personality. And frankly, I know they’re much more interesting to read than some random dude’s thoughts on something. Nonetheless, I can’t really think of a solid story for this answer. Honestly, I was having a hard time even coming up with a real answer. It’s not because I’m not motivated. I’m a super motivated person if I don’t say so myself. But rather because I don’t know where that motivation really comes from. I’ve always been someone that was naturally motivated to do my best. Ever since I was a kid, I was a high achiever. And I always wanted to go above and beyond every chance I got. Of course that eventually fizzled out. I started doing just what was needed to get by.

If that meant I just had to answer seventy percent of questions right on my test, that’s what I would do. And I would just “Christmas tree” the rest. Even though it would usually just be the top half of the tree with such little space left. But that’s pretty much how I ended up evolving throughout school. I lost my motivation to be the top of my class and ace every little quiz. When you’ve been acing tests for years, at some point you realize it doesn’t make or break your life. So that evolved into me not wanting to waste my time and energy doing something that had little to no return for me. I realized that I was just wasting all my time and energy trying to prove myself to people that didn’t really know me. And they surely weren’t going to be able to judge my intelligence with a handful of regurgitated questions they found on some online question bank.

So gone were the days that I focused on being the best in class. I knew my intelligence and work ethic was solid. Okay maybe not the work ethic part. I was a chronic procrastinator. But I always got things done by the time they needed to be done. Again, it was one of those things where I just hated wasting my time. If I could pump out an above average poster for a project in one night, why would I spend a whole month working on it? Let’s just I really grew to hate the public school system. The way the school system was designed made me feel like a number in a hat. I never felt like an individual. Everything was tested, graded or scored. And once you got those scores you were automatically compared to everyone else. It was a weird feeling. And somehow you ended feeling inferior to the lucky kid with photographic memory that memorizes his whole textbook every semester.

But through all of that change and evolution in my approach to school, I was still motivated. I still wanted to be the best and accomplish great things. I just didn’t want it to have anything to do with the normal metrics of school. I wanted to be the best in the areas that I cared about. It could of been something as trivial as being the best person on the First Robotics Engineering team. Or it could be the best videographer in the school. Whatever it was, I still had my motivation going at all times. That is what drove me to become an entrepreneur later on in life. That is what drove me to stay in many AP classes throughout my highschool career. And that is what drove me to start creating videos for nonprofits and companies. I always wanted to be the best and do my best. If I didn’t want to be my best in something then I didn’t truly care about it. And if I didn’t care, then I didn’t really want to be a part of it.

I stayed motivated and it helped me get really good at a lot of things. I got really good at playing poker. I got really good at film and video editing. I got really good at “picking up girls”. I got really good at business networking. And of course I got really good at business in general. Or maybe we’ll have to wait and see on that one. Nonetheless, I got good at things because I was always motivated to get good. And the reason I was always motivated is the same reason I’m motivated today. My number one motivator in life today is the same number one motivator I had when I was ten years old. I’m motivated by myself. I’m motivated by my peace of mind. I don’t like doing things half-assed. I don’t like being subpar at things. If you’re going to do something in this life, then you might as well do it to the best of your ability. And that’s been my perspective ever since I was a kid.

My peace of mind is important to me. I’m someone that is a very harsh critic. I am quick to tell others that they’re not doing their best or they’re not good enough. And most people hate to hear that harsh, blunt feedback. But I know that, sometimes we need to hear it like it is to find the room to grow. So I continue to tell the people I care about, what I truly think they can improve on. It’s constructive criticism. Now take that criticism and imagine hearing it twenty four seven. That’s my life. I’m always being critical on and to myself. When I do subpar, I’m honest with myself. When I half-ass it, I keep it real. And when I’m not doing my best, I’m straight up about it. I don’t want to hear myself, on my ass all day about not hitting the gym, eating right, or getting work done. So I stay motivated and get those things done. And when I don’t… you better believe I won’t hear the end of it. So my number one motivator in life is my peace of mind.

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