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Motivation & Inspiration

Are YOU Ready to Become a Linchpin?

Are you ready?
Are you ready?

Like most of you, I’ve gone through the public school system and learned English, Math, Social Studies, Science, P.E. and conformity. That in itself wasn’t a bad thing during the industrial age when industry required many workers that demonstrated conformity and careful following of instructions. The work was monotonous, but people were able to earn a comfortable living mass-producing widgets. Thus the educational system was tailored to produce pre-programmed ‘cogs’ ready to follow a set of instructions input by management.

“Sit down, shut up and conform with the rules.”

As is with most large systems burdened by bureaucracy, our educational system has been slow to evolve and has fallen behind in understanding what is currently in demand by society. Unfortunately, the idea of conformity and ‘going with the flow’ has become a de facto rule in making a living for oneself. Parents encourage us to stay in school, graduate and find a stable, well paying job. Peers calculate your success depending on the size your employer. Continue reading Are YOU Ready to Become a Linchpin?

How to Improve Your Odds of Achieving Your New Years Resolution

What's Your Resolution for the New Year?
What's Your Resolution for the New Year?

January 1st is fast approaching. Have you thought about your resolution for the coming year?

Even though most of us are full of broken New Year’s resolution commitments, every year we tell ourselves that we will commit ourselves to one thing or another. I have to admit; I don’t even remember what my resolutions from past years were. It’s obvious that New Year’s resolutions haven’t worked out for me. Continue reading How to Improve Your Odds of Achieving Your New Years Resolution

What Matters Now: Free Ebook by the Worlds Thought Leaders

Get inspired, download the ebook today
Get inspired, download the ebook today

Once in a while, something ‘remarkable’ happens.

For us, today is one of those days when ‘gratis’ and ‘significance’ collide to make huge waves across multiple industries leaving positive change in their wake.

Seth Godin, the author of the Purple Cow and many other great ideas released a free ebook today containing a compilation of over 70 ideas and inspirations by the world’s thought leaders.

If you’re in need of inspiration to do great things or even if you’re burning with motivation, take some time to download the ebook and give it a quick read. I’m sure you’ll find something that will push you to take the next step.

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The Formula of Motivation | Motivation Series Part 4

Predict Your Motivation
Predict Your Motivation

In this last installment on motivation, we’ll be looking into the formula of motivation.  As we familiarized ourselves with a theory of motivation, internal and external motivators and 8 ways we can boost our motivations in the previous posts, we will now look at 3 factors that predict individual motivation.

The motivation formula I’ll be sharing with you today is based on the work of Victor Vroom, a professor at the Yale School of Management.  Vroom explains that our motivation is based on three factors, 1) how much you want a reward, 2) your estimate of successful performance based on your efforts and 3) your estimate that performance will result in receiving the reward. Thus the formula is: Valence x Expectancy x Instrumentality = Motivation.  But rather than repeating the terms used by Vroom, I’ll use straightforward terms to help us understand the formula better. Continue reading The Formula of Motivation | Motivation Series Part 4

8 ways to Boost Your Motivation | Motivation Series Part 3

When do you feel the most motivated?
When do you feel the most motivated?

In the first 2 parts of the motivation series, we discussed a theory of motivation called the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow. The theory focuses on how our motivations are based on needs from basic survival to the need to be accepted by others and more. We also looked at 2 types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (internal/external) and how we can discover what drives us.

Now that we have a basic understanding of motivation, we will look into how we can boost our motivation when we feel our motivation taking a dip. In part 3 of the motivation series, we will discuss 8 ways we can boost our motivation. Continue reading 8 ways to Boost Your Motivation | Motivation Series Part 3

Discovering Your Motivations | Motivation Series Part 2

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” - Stephen Covey
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” - Stephen Covey

Have you ever given thought to what motivates you?  Do you do things because you simply enjoy it?  Do you tend to be motivated because you have an itch for competition?  Do you work hard for rewards like trophies or money?

In part 2 of the motivation series, I’ll be discussing the two types of motivation and sharing suggestions on how you can discover what motivates you.  Although we usually have many factors of motivation that contribute to our actions, internal motivation called ‘intrinsic motivation’ has more influence on us than other forms of motivation.  This is why many people who have succeeded in their respective fields encourage us by giving advice to “Follow our passion.”  The second type of motivation is called ‘extrinsic motivation’ and is based on external factors. Continue reading Discovering Your Motivations | Motivation Series Part 2

Understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs | Motivation Series Part 1

Do you understand your motivation?
What motivates you?

Do you ever catch yourself saying things like, “If I was motivated enough,” “I need more motivation,” “I just don’t feel motivated”?

To understand and stimulate our motivations, I will be creating a 4 part series on motivation. We will be looking at a variety of motivation types and how we can apply the knowledge to our daily lives. Motivation is usually broadly defined as a strong will or desire, but things that motivate me may not motivate you, and at its core, motivation is a very personal topic and its foundation may be vastly different for each individual.

Continue reading Understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs | Motivation Series Part 1

5 Lessons I Learned From a 300 Million Dollar Man

Are you taking advantage of learning opportunities at your workplace?
Are you taking advantage of learning opportunities at your workplace?

5 Lessons I Learned from a 300 Million Dollar Man

Living in a capitalistic society, I tend to wonder what characteristics contribute to a financially successful person. Although I currently work in a constrictive corporate 9 to 5, there are many opportunities to learn and enrich myself within the confines of my company. Even among the negatives of the corporate world, I’m lucky enough to work in an environment where the president of the company is readily accessible.

Thomas, the president of the company, created the business from scratch 35 years ago with his father and brother. With only $20,000 in capital to start the company, they worked tirelessly out of their small living room. Since then, the business has grown exponentially, raising revenues to $300,000,000 and employing over 600 full time staff.

I used to be a night owl and had a difficult time getting out of bed and getting to work. (If you haven’t read my post ‘night owl turned early bird,’ let’s just say I was consistently late to work) Obviously, the president took notice of my tardiness and so began the “come into my office, for a talk.” Rather than threats or intimidation, however, he began teaching me what he believed lead to his successes in life.

The 5 lessons I learned from the 300 million dollar man:

Continue reading 5 Lessons I Learned From a 300 Million Dollar Man

What Are You Doing To Prepare For The Future?

Are you prepared for the future?
World Population Since 1300 A.D. Chart

Did you know:

There are 540,000 words in the English language; about five times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

Did you know:

Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago; New media, Organic agriculture, e-business, Nanotechnology, Homeland security

Did you know:

1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005 met online

Continue reading What Are You Doing To Prepare For The Future?

Nick Vujicic: An Inspiration to All

How do you see your problems? Do you see them as obstacles in life that are there to pull you down? Or do you see problems as opportunities for personal growth?

Since the fall of the global economy, the company I’ve been working for has been hit hard and I’ve been inundated with feelings of frustration for my own future. The slumping sales add to the gloom of the company atmosphere as we all look for a light at the end of the tunnel.

We are confronted with a multitude problems every single day and each problem can range from petty to severe. But how we confront these problems is what dictates our future. When a problem knocks you down, do you whimper and stay down? Do you run away? Or do you get back up and overcome those obstacles?

Continue reading Nick Vujicic: An Inspiration to All

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