Week 8: What motivates you?

Please share your ideas or your own experiences or even just a “whoop whoop” below. I love to hear from you and according to Walter that means I may be more motivated for the next 357 days I have left!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what drives and motivates us. For each person, that will be different but there are some things that we all appreciate and can relate to.

One of those things is genuine encouragement from the people around us. Another intertwined reason is the feeling that we are progressing, getting better at what we do and making a difference in the world!

In fact, I found a little scientific data that proves it!

Walter Chen shared the following:

Psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer interviewed over 600 managers and found a shocking result.  95 percent of managers misunderstood what motivates employees. They thought what motivates employees was making money, getting raises and bonuses. In fact, after analyzing over 12,000 employee diary entries, they discovered that the number one work motivator was emotion, not financial incentive: it’s the feeling of making progress every day toward a meaningful goal.

3 Things that Motivate us

He goes on to say that there are in fact just 3 very simple things that drive nearly each and everyone of us to work hard:

  • Autonomy: Our desire to direct our own lives. 
  • Mastery: Our urge to get better at stuff.
  • Purpose: The feeling and intention that we can make a difference in the world.

I really like the last one because I believe that we all can and do make a difference in the world. Sometimes, we don’t even realise it.

So let me leave this with you today (and I mean it!)

    Go out there and change the world because you really can! I believe in you ♥ 

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