If you dream of being a rock star, motivation experts believe it’s all in your hands whether your dreams materialize or just fizzle into thin air. This is true whatever you may dream of. The key to success in science or surfing, business or sports, art or good housekeeping all depend on the amount of effort you are willing to devote to it. Perhaps with the exception of housekeeping, which can be all consuming, with no applause or candy at the end of it. While some may have considered innate intelligence to be the greater factor in success, motivation researchers beg to differ. What really matters is the drive to succeed and the willingness to put in the effort. “It takes 10 years and 10,000 hours to become an expert,” said researcher, Dr. Anders Ericsson.
Anyone can do something for the fun of it. But it is the way you cope with the drudgery that separates success from mediocrity. Every pursuit has its moments of drudgery. The brilliantly designed product must be manufactured, marketed, inventoried, distributed and monetized. Much drudgery is part of the process so it’s best to accept the drudgery. The steps to succeed in dance, graffiti art, software or softdrink design all require work beyond the fun moments. It has been said that greatness comes at the edge of destruction.
Word from Jim Taylor who works in “Performance Psychology,” says motivation is either, internal or external, negative or positive. The preferred type is internal-positive because it comes from “a place of strength and comfort.” Other configurations of the motivation matrix may lead to success but they won’t lead to happiness. Dr. Taylor believes the most motivated people have the three “Ds,” Direction, Decision and Dedication. In the absence of such motivation one might consider investing in lottery tickets. (Noted French writer Voltaire was highly motivated, but was not economically successful until he won a large sum of money through a syndicate that invested in lottery tickets.)
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