Motivation Revisited

I had written an article a few weeks back about motivation, saying that skills are more important than motivation.  What I mean by that is simply that sometimes companies try to motivate their people to perform, but the motivation alone is not enough to improve productivity.  People also need to know what to do.

The same could be said of an entrepreneur.  He might listen to motivational tapes or go to seminars, but without knowing what to do, he will just be spinning his wheels.  Most people need to take a pragmatic approach to being productive: First learn what to do, then motivate yourself to do it like crazy.  You may also what to revisite the “what to do” every so often to try to improve the skills you have.

Now if you improve your skills, but you are less than motivated to put them to work, of course nothing happens.  I personally think that results are motivating, so I will work hard to get to the first success, but after that the work kind of does itself, no need to add motivation.  Maybe you feel the same way, maybe not.  But regardless, to be successful you need to do as well as learn, no getting around it.  And usually you need to do much more than you originally think you do.  While this can be disheartening, it also presents you with a challenge that you can accomplish if you put the remainder of your heart into it.  People can do much more than they think they can.

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