The Truth About Maintaining Motivation

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The Truth About Maintaining Motivation


Sean: What are the simple ways to maintain your motivation career for career success?

Jeff: I like how you framed it, as you say, how to maintain your motivation, because I also believe that motivation is not external – it’s internal, it’s intrinsic. So it’s something that you do for yourself, not how others would eventually prompt you to be motivated. I follow Francis Kong on this one, he doesn’t also like to be called a motivational speaker because motivation is intrinsic. So I like how you framed it. How do you motivate yourself for career success? I guess Sean and I touched on this a while ago, really the bottom line is your purpose, the mission that you have should be enough to eventually – there is this commercial thing. Who do you rise up for in the morning? So who drives you up to wake up in the morning is, of course, that’s somewhat a misnomer to say. In fact, God allows you to wake up in the morning. It’s not you who drives yourself, but I get the point, you know. What drives you to eventually do what you do each day, day in, day out.

And I suppose the answer to that should be your God-given purpose or your mission in life. See, one of the saddest things in life, and I would usually share this one, is that you have done so much, you know, you’ve bled, you’ve sweat, you’ve cried, you’ve pushed the limits and you’ve persevered. You were determined on accomplishing so many things, only to find out it was the wrong thing or it’s not what you were meant to do. I think that’s the saddest thing in life, right? So we have to be motivated. We have to know the purpose and the mission we have that we’re been given by God. And then eventually that would drive you to persevere, to have that grit.

And I don’t know if you’ve watched this movie, Sean. This is my last point. I don’t know if you’ve watched the movie “True Grit” by Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld. And it’s a great movie. She’s a cowboy. She had this mission in life is getting back or getting revenge on the person who killed her parents. And she endured so much, she went through that extent of running after, getting a mercenary, getting someone that would help her, and so on and so forth. But that’s what it is. People will go to certain lengths, to extreme lengths because they have a goal to achieve. Now, my challenge is that make sure that that goal is what really is your purpose is in life and your mission in life. The saddest part is not when you don’t achieve what you want to achieve. The saddest part is when you achieve something and you found that it wasn’t what you were meant to do in the end. It’s very sad.

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