What REALLY drives you to succeed?

by CPH007
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I have a question around drive and success:

What really drives you to succeed? Is it really the "more time with family" or "more freedom" Is it secretly to become stinking rich and have a better car than that "fool I used to work for"

My personal story is in my offline business I was pushing and pushing as I thought that money and objects made me happy. I had a break down of some sort and went off the rails, throwing all my values away and nearly losing everything I love. Anyway so glad it happened as it made me realise what's important to me. I truly am looking for more time with family and more freedom but that comes from either more money or wanting less!

Well I love my lifestyle and have come to realise wanting objects isn't unspiritual or wrong it's just me. SO more money it is but knowing it won't buy me happiness and if it all went tomorrow I would still have what matters

SO what drives you? The cars and big house are fine, just let it all out here.

Have a great day

Colin
#drives #succeed
  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Freedom and Cars.

    If not for the price of Cars I would likely choose the easiest path to not working.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      Money and no income ceiling are good, but freedom to work when you want and where you want is what makes a profitable Internet business worth it to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author George Hutton
        I was never really into "things," I never liked any particular car or lifestyle.

        I am most driven by a desire for complete and absolute freedom. The ability to go anywhere, and do anything, without having to get "approval" or "buy in" from anybody.

        The ability to "give the world the finger" at a moment's notice, so to speak.

        The funny thing is that in the pursuit for freedom, I'm working a lot more focused than I ever did when working for somebody else.

        But it feels much better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    The prospect of being a multi-millionaire. (More as an “achievement” than what the money can do). And the sincere desire to make a difference in people's lives.

    The latter keeps me going more. : ) I'd happily take less money for reaching more people.
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    • Profile picture of the author WeaverJ972
      Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

      The prospect of being a multi-millionaire. (More as an "achievement" than what the money can do). And the sincere desire to make a difference in people's lives.

      The latter keeps me going more. : ) I'd happily take less money for reaching more people.

      You need a real and definite 'why', not something as simple as "I want more money" or "I want to be a millionaire/billionaire/etc.", these things do not actually drive you because there is no emotion connected with money; it is the things which having money allows us to do which have emotions attached to them. Without attaching an emotion to your motivation, you're pretty much dead in the water.

      For instance, what would you be able to do if you were a millionaire? I believe answering that question will provide you with much more drive and motivation than simply the phrase "I want to be a millionaire". For myself, it is that I would be able to spend much more quality time with the people whom I care a great deal for (Family, friends, etc), and that I'd be able to have more experiences that make my life more fulfilled (i.e. culture trips to Korea, Italy, China, etc).

      In addition, I believe that generosity and giving back is an absolutely vital element of the human experience, it is something which we all need and which we will all try to fulfill within ourselves; we all want our lives to be significant. Do not overlook this aspect of your life when you are answering the question of what being a millionaire really means to you.

      God bless!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Hi WeaverJ972.

        I'm a lucky person. I already have a lot of personal freedom and every weekend I spend 3 days with my family. Particularly my younger Brother who is my best friend.

        I agree with some of what you're saying.
        Something I didn't mention is that I'm planning on helping my family become debt free. That's definitely more motivating for me than simply being a Millionaire.

        At the same time I think it would be a good “achievement.”

        Thanks for the advice. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Stan1
    I want to work for myself and not have to be under the leash of someone else. The idea of freedom and building myself from the ground up to become something drives me to keep on going. I don't want to take the well-trodden dirt path that everyone else follows. I want to pave my own trail through life and have a unique and successful experience with the satisfaction that I earned what I have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrewards
    I think it is relative to individuals..If you can be happy from what you do, that is success
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  • Profile picture of the author hirechrisgunn
    Unfortunately...people are my motivator! The more I talk and interact, the more I get motivated. The other thing is down time to encourage myself. This doesn't always work well because when I don't have a lot of down time and I don't get to hang out with people, I struggle hard to persevere.
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  • Profile picture of the author CPH007
    I agree totally with above statements. I state always state you need to get a clear vision in your mind of what the money can buy you and all it's benefits such as nice cars if that drives you, being able to decide on day off with kids if you fancy it etc.

    Money is a motivator but a very short term one unless of course your hobby is making money.

    I am tending to treat projects as a game nowadays and enjoy everything they throw at me and the same applies to making money.

    Have a great day

    Colin
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Something that hasn't been mentioned is enjoying the process of becoming wealthy / building a successful business.

      I would imagine the more you enjoy what you do, the less “motivation” you need to succeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author FusionFinish
      What is the old saying "enjoy what you do and you will never work a day in your life"
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  • Profile picture of the author CPH007
    It's often the other way round to most peoples thinking. Money follows success and not the other way round.
    Once we achieve personal success then money will follow if that it's what we desire
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    When I think about working a 9-5 job again, I instantly get up and work on IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikcoo
    Freedom, purpose, and peace of mind. The little successes along the way aren't bad either...each time I check something off of the list or make a new idea work, I know I've got to keep pushing.
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      To be different a free from the 9 - 5 grind. I don't like paying for gas and I didn't like paying for gas just to get to work even more (used to work 60 mile round trip daily).

      My commute is from my bed to my desk, about 4 feet away from my bed. Knowing I can hit up the gym and I can do whatever i need during the time most people are at work. That feeling alone is near priceless.
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  • Profile picture of the author cjagodka
    I really do want a crap ton of money but its not to say that I am better than everyone to show off the things I have. It really comes to having the ability to do whatever I want whenever I want.

    I do have a specific number for what a "crap ton of money" is to me and when I get there thats when I will be content.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgray
    I have 2 main driving forces:

    1) Freedom of time to spend with family

    2) To help others and give to my church

    I could pretty much care less about material items but I do need to keep my motivation. I got up at 3:30 to 4 am for years before I finally broke free of my day job. It's been 6+ years since I quit but I still think about that every day (mostly because I still get up at 4 am).
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  • Profile picture of the author ronaldperks
    The future of my family drives me to become successful.
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