What Motivates You The Most?

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This is going to sound corney, but for me it's cash. I like the feeling of making money

How about you?

is it money?

is it success?

is it your family?

what's the greatest motivation for you during your lonely IM hours?
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    Originally Posted by Morgan Richman View Post

    This is going to sound corney, but for me it's cash. I like the feeling of making money

    How about you?

    is it money?

    is it success?

    is it your family?

    what's the greatest motivation for you during your lonely IM hours?
    It's definitely a combination. I'd be lying if I said that money wasn't a decent motivator, but it's also not everything, although others may have different thoughts.....I definitely like the idea and feeling of having people read products that I produce...it feels good knowing that someone likes something I produced, AND are actually willing to pay for it...lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      My motivations have changed over the years.

      At the beginning, it was money and providing for my family.

      Now, it's keeping from getting bored. I can't just sit around twiddling my
      thumbs. I tried retirement and it was fine for a while, but eventually, it
      drove me crazy. So now I've gone back to working full days because I want
      to. I enjoy it, odd as that may seem.

      Will I always feel this way? Who knows? Maybe next year I'll tire of working
      again.

      But I seriously doubt it will ever be about the money again.

      Those days are, thankfully, behind me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Morgan Richman
        I remember back in the day you said something about making music in your own recording studio. Were those the retirement days?

        Just curious
        M.

        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        My motivations have changed over the years.

        At the beginning, it was money and providing for my family.

        Now, it's keeping from getting bored. I can't just sit around twiddling my
        thumbs. I tried retirement and it was fine for a while, but eventually, it
        drove me crazy. So now I've gone back to working full days because I want
        to. I enjoy it, odd as that may seem.

        Will I always feel this way? Who knows? Maybe next year I'll tire of working
        again.

        But I seriously doubt it will ever be about the money again.

        Those days are, thankfully, behind me.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhopkins
    Its a combination of they above, but mainly for me. This life is about choosing what I want to do and when I want to do it. There are so many different things you can do in this business that if one method gets old, you can always branch out and do things a little differently with just as a good if not better results. It never gets boring like the old job did.
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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    Originally Posted by Morgan Richman View Post

    what's the greatest motivation for you during your lonely IM hours?
    Ah..the nice cup of coffee with my wife by weekend under the shady coconut tree along the beach...

    Nah...it was freedom
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Making money is obviously nice, but for me, there's alot more to it than that. After spending years working in a newsroom, missing out on holidays and birthdays with my family, having a job where I can work from anywhere is a definite bonus!

    Plus, I like the feeling of knowing I'm working towards something. Instead of churning out the news (which is old by tomorrow!), I'm building something that's my own. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.

    I also love the competition. SEO is like a big race. Everyone wants to be at the top. When I'm writing (either for my own marketing or for my clients), I always want the finished product to be the best, to beat out everyone else!
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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    My motivation is to be able to provide for my family and help my mother since her income has been slashed terribly since my dad passed away. I also want to give to a lot of charities.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    for me success... i just don't want to give up. it's either become successful or die. No matter how worse it gets. Figure this stuff out or i'm better of suicide.
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Originally Posted by tylerdrun View Post

      for me success... i just don't want to give up. it's either become successful or die. No matter how worse it gets. Figure this stuff out or i'm better of suicide.
      This doesn't sound crazy at all. Actually, I have had thoughts like this myself... either figure this stuff out or life is just useless and too painful...

      I mean, imagine being stuck in a 9 to 5 job for the rest of your life. Call me crazy, but I can't bare the thought.

      I'm sure you agree on this one.
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      • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
        Definitely a combination of seeing other people succeed and the desire to control my own energy, intelligence and knowledge...never again do I want to be forced to stoop to someone else's level to earn a paycheck.

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      • Profile picture of the author MagicAce
        What motivates me it's the dream that I have to work from home. Get up in the morning beside my love, make something to eat, then work 2 hours in my bed on my laptop wearing my pijamas...then going out with friends and enjoying life...comec back in the evening and smile as I check my bank account...visiting other countries

        Seriosly now it's the dreams, the vivid imagination of things to come it's what motivates me the most.
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        • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
          What motivates me? Family and money. I want to be able to provide for my family and I am sick and tired of living check to check and juggling bills. Also I kinda want to prove to my family that I can be successful doing what I love to do...my Dad doesn't consider sitting at a computer all day a real job, he calls it 'playing on the computer' and even to this day says I should go get a stable job in a factory like he did for 30 years. My ex felt the same way and couldn't understand why i would spend so much time on the computer and didn't believe I was working. I want to prove that I can make it my way and show my daughter that being a wage slave isn't the only way to live.
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      • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
        Originally Posted by KatyaSenina View Post

        I mean, imagine being stuck in a 9 to 5 job for the rest of your life. Call me crazy, but I can't bare the thought.
        I did the 9 to 5. Got the house, the cars, the cash and was VERY unhappy. Why? Because I was makin the companies I worked for MILLIONS! Yes I mean millions ($2.4billion firm) and my projects had a ROI totaling 12 million for 12 projects. I could not bear the fact I was getting a small pittance of that. This time those millions are going to be MINE! Do or die!
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    Its having choices and the power to dictate. If you are at the worlds whims its frustrating. Control comes from money and your mind and its nice to have both the power of a strong mind, money, freedom, choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    Like Steven, at first it was money. But now it's really the
    independence that a little cash-flow brings. I love the feeling
    that with God's help I'm kinda in control.
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  • Profile picture of the author ConnorMcCreesh
    Hrmm well there are several layers. What originally motivated me was having no cash after a car write off and my girlfriend moaning at me to take her on holiday.

    The cash coming into my paypal is an awesome motivator when i am actually selling a product or making cash.

    And making people happy is always a good one, whether its praise in product reviews or finally making my other half happy when i was able to take her to a carribean island
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  • Profile picture of the author Hotbux
    all 3 but the most is family...
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  • Profile picture of the author mariomvr
    Myself. :-)

    I believe that we shouldn't do things for money, for the family, or anything else. We should do it because we feel that we deserve to have a better life. Of course that the family is going to play a good role on your success but to me the most important thing is to make it for myself.

    Just think about it, if you put your success in the hands of other or if you need other people to motivate you what happens if they stop supporting you? will you quit?

    Do it because you want, do it because you feel that you deserve the success that you want to acheive and then share your success with the family.

    By the way I think that people that are driven by money don't make money.

    I don't remember of anyone that has made money just for the sake of it. In order to be successful I believe that you need to have passion for what you do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Demian V
      The vision I have of being financially independent and being able to help my friends and family achieve that independence as well are my main motivators.
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  • Profile picture of the author kbmciver
    The potential money that I can make doing this plus the preforclosure notice that just came in the mail has added urgency in my determination to get this business going.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristineP
    Freedom - plain and simple.

    Freedom to work - or not (success is 100% my choice)
    Freedom to stay home with my kids
    Freedom to travel
    Freedom to not answer to an employer or contract holder..
    Freedom...
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Knowing IM will finance my ultimate life goal. Cant do it on 40K/yr.
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  • Profile picture of the author thewealthywiseman
    Actually, the failures I have had are what motivate me. It's like, I show you who rules the cyberwebs!
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    Id have to say money plays a big part making a sale will always motivate you lol however another part of this business that motivates me is meeting people and hearing about their success stories from what they have learned from me.
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  • Profile picture of the author webdelux
    My six kids
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  • Profile picture of the author MidnightMarketing
    For me, it's having the ability and freedom to stay at home to raise my kids and still make money to support the family
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      For me, it's having the ability and freedom to stay at home to raise my kids and still make money to support the family
      Makes two of us. After more than a decade of being a Journalist, not having off on holidays, having to work through natural disasters, working overtime during elections...:rolleyes:

      Well, writing as a freelancer gives me the flexibility to still do something that I love and be with the people that I love, especially now that my husband and I decided to add more members to the family.
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  • Profile picture of the author netmomof2
    For me it's money and creating the lifestyle that I want - meaning, having flexibility with my time and being in a position to afford the things that I want.

    I'm a teacher, so if I work at my job, I would like to do it because I really WANT to, not because I HAVE to.
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    For me, it is mainly about family and freedom. Of course the money can be very nice with internet marketing, but the main thing for me is to have the freedom to spend more quality time with family and friends.

    I would be lying if I said money was not a motivator, but it certainly is not my chief motivator!
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  • Profile picture of the author fortress
    Earning money is actually what I am doing for my family. Anyone can be motivated making money for their loved ones. To me, what motivates me most is my family. Because they are my inspiration that I am succeeding making money through selling online.
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  • Profile picture of the author PandoraHarper
    The freedom to make my own choices. And like others here, this can be money, career decisions, family, and so many other things. Oh, and I hate hate hate being bored. It's uh..boring.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayPeete
    It is knowing that I have the ability to help people succeed. They have to want it for themselves and be willing to work but if they do I can cut the learning curve down to a minimum.

    I hope to positively affect 1 million people in my lifetime. A big goal I know but if Tony Robbins can do 3 times that and growing each year, I can at least do it in a lifetime.

    Can you imagine what the world would be like if only 10 percent of people on the planet felt this way?
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  • Profile picture of the author The_Archer
    -The fear of having to work for someone else again
    -The fear of having to get up before noon again
    -The fear of becoming a corporate gerbil again
    -The fear of having to wonder if I'll have a job the next day
    -The fear of living paycheck to paycheck again
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      • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
        For now, paying my rent and my other essential bills. Later, put some aside for a rainy day, save for retirement and not have to worry. Going from 96K a year to 19K kind of kills you.

        Plus, if I could get off the stress of having no money, would make me think and produce so much better. Trying to gear up when you are down financially is extremely hard to me. But, I WILL do it, lol
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      • Profile picture of the author pianorosa
        In the beginning, it is the desire to start a business.

        Then when the business takes off, then you find you can help a lot of people with your expertise.

        I never thought of internet marketing, but when you begin to find quick ways to become skillful, especially when you are not a technical person, and then you can share your ideas with other people and other people find your method so neat - this is big motivation.

        If something is difficult and hard, it is not motivating at all.

        Some quick shortcuts with REAL good proper results are really motivating.
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    Success.

    And having to wear a tie to work...
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  • Profile picture of the author numba8
    I used to think I was money hungry, but I have since discovered that its more about the freedom. To me, money=freedom. Making enough money to not have to work for someone else is freedom!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
      Originally Posted by numba8 View Post

      I used to think I was money hungry, but I have since discovered that its more about the freedom. To me, money=freedom. Making enough money to not have to work for someone else is freedom!!!
      omg i couldnt agree more. its like u want to be rich not to be rich, but so u wouldnt have to work ur whole life for someone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author subse7en
    1. Freedom to live where I want, be what I want, and be who I want!
    2. The money (or rather the freedom that it gives me).
    3. The ability to invest in the way I'd like (DRIPs, stocks, etc...)
    4. The ability to help other start-up business owner's achieve their dreams.
    5. The ability to help my friends/family...
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    Financial Freedom ^_^
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  • Profile picture of the author swordman
    money,success and family.
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  • Profile picture of the author frqhuss
    Well for me first it was money but now its for success....
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  • Profile picture of the author jerrygonder
    Earning money is everyones happiness but happiness can still be earn without earning money.
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    succes and money
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  • Profile picture of the author scorpion
    What motivates me is to clear my debt. I want to live a debt-free life.
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    • Profile picture of the author subse7en
      Originally Posted by scorpion View Post

      What motivates me is to clear my debt. I want to live a debt-free life.
      FREE(dom) is the KEY, my friend (you're right)!

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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    My family is my inspiration to work. I needed to provide them with their daily needs.
    I'd rather stay at home then work - I don't have a boss that would nag me all the time.
    I handle my own time and work.

    Setting my target and my goal - Working with a proper mindset and attitude.
    I am where I am now because I helped myself =)_
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt.Lake
    A side from everything that's already been mentioned, something that I think motivates me is creation. The actual proccess of creating something out of nothing. Something beyond myself.

    It's really cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author khanhdom
    my family motivates me to make the most and also my fellow IM friends who are making a killing. If they can do it, so can I.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saladin
    To be honest , Most of what people motivations are about are purely egoic .

    Money isn't going to make you happy even in a million year , It just gives you a certain feeling of false security that could fade any any moment this money stream is in danger or change , Hence this is why its emotional core is based upon fear .

    Anyone who has the world within his heart will never be happy .

    Money should be only means to an end , Make life easier so you could focus on the most important thing , The purpose of life and why you're really here !
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  • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
    what motivates me is just the idea of being my own boss and succeeding on my own. its like im proving to myself that i can be my own boss and succeed on my own. so its a combination of money as well. once i see money roll it, it motivates me and shows me proof that i can do this. so i keep going and try harder.
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  • My motivation is based on the alternative most of my friends are stuck at: the corporate rate!

    Nothing spurs me like knowing that I am WAY more flexible, WAY better paid, WAY more rewarded and WAY less stressed than my friends.

    Quite frankly, quitting my corporate career in order to search for an online alternative a few years back has been the best move I've made in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author fcf360
    Freedom !!! Financial Freedom, Freedom to work whereever, whenever and doing something that I enjoy doing.

    Also, it is kind of a game as well which keeps me excited each and every single day.
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    • Profile picture of the author romolo
      ah ah, that's a really good question, what motivates me the most during my IM hours??
      well, let me just think about it,
      I think a number of things but to them in order of importance I think;
      1) The prospect of leaving my 9 to 5 and the freedom that brings
      2) A consequence of one is making a relevant amount of money
      3) A consequence of two is the ability to help others
      4) A consequence of three is the reward you get when you make a difference on other people's life thanks to your hard work

      and on and on.....
      Thanks for making me think about it though...
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  • Profile picture of the author Joksu
    My motivation is money and the freedom it provides.

    I'm an avid golfer and my dream is to be able to play golf all around the world with the money I make from the Internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    I'm just amazed every time I get paid for something that I did. It's not the money, it's the value aspect. It's that validation, where I go "I did this thing" and someone doesn't just clap and say "good job!" - they actually hand me money. I love that. It's the real, honest proof that you really do find value in it. You're not just blowing smoke up my arse, you put actual cash on the table.

    And having the cash is nice, but knowing someone else actively agreed I was worth that cash is what really matters to me. It's feedback. So long as the money keeps coming in, I must be doing a good job.
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