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?→
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.
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→
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.
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→
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.
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:
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?