Today, I asked my work team what I felt was a pretty important question: What motivates you to work? I don’t think they really thought about it because most said, “that’s a good question” and were all pretty much caught off guard by my question lol. In talking to a close friend of mine, she put this question in my mind. But, think about it. If you work just as many hours as you see your family, if not more, you might as well be happy doing your job right?
In a management position, I want to keep others happy and smiling when they come to work. Just because you have to be here, doesn’t mean you should be miserable for 8 hours lol. Other than needing money, something motivates us to work hard or not give up or we’d be fired at this point. So, ask yourself what really motivates you to work and/or do your best in life? What keeps you going when times get tough? When you feel like giving up what keeps you pushing forward?
Well, here are 5 things that keep me motivated to work hard not only at my job, but in life as well:
I work hard to continue the legacy of my Grammy and mother. Both of these strong women in my life worked very hard and put their lives on hold to ensure the next generation succeeded. I work hard to fulfill their legacy and to leave one of my own. At the end of the day I go hard for my son because I want him to be proud of me, and to know that in spite of all my trials and tribulations I succeeded and made something out of myself. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon and am the child of a single mother. I have student loan debt, had to work for everything I have, and will probably have to pay for my own wedding, and I’m okay with that. But, what I need to ensure is that my reality isn’t the same for my son’s. I want to leave him something behind so he won’t have to struggle like I did. After all , he will be my successor and carry on the next generation. When you have kids, they are an extension of you. What you teach them will be passed down for generations and they will carry on your name in their veins. Even if a parent isn’t wealthy or has the best job, what they teach their child is their legacy. They will set the bar and tone for their children, which will be a determining factor for how they live their lives in the future.
2. Enjoyment of Life
Another reason I work hard is to truly enjoy life. I work so I can engage and participate in leisure activities. What’s the point of working if you can never enjoy anything? Who wants to work just to pay bills and live bogged down to the overwhelming stresses of life? No one. I get it, sometimes it’s jut like that because adulting sucks, but hopefully at some point we point some things on hold to enjoy and do something for us. I love to travel, eat good food, shop, and do other things that I enjoy and refuse to just be alive and breathing. After all, I want to enjoy the fruits of my labor as should everyone else.
In order to be successful you must work hard at whatever you do. Whether you want to be a journalist, blogger, Youtuber, business woman, doctor, etc., success doesn’t come over night and must be worked on overtime. I want to be successful at my job and in life period because it’s a personal goal of mine. I was raised to work hard and be the best at whatever you do and by doing so, it’s helped me achieve success so far.
Let’s face it, not everyone has a job they’re passionate about, and that’s perfectly okay. But, hopefully at some point, you work to do what you’re passionate about. I understand that sometimes, especially starting out, your passion may not generate income. My passion is blogging, but regardless if it made money or not (it doesn’t btw lol), I’d still do it anyway because it’s my passion and purpose. It took me awhile to find my passion, but nonetheless I did and now I try to encourage, inspire, and motivate people to find there’s and live freely. At the end of the day we all work hard to do the things we’re passionate about, whether it’s having fun, traveling, starting a business, etc., we work to do what we love and the things we enjoy most in life.
Some people work hard because they are self-motivated like myself. I work hard for myself and I motivate me to do so. For me, working hard is in my nature, a personal goal I have for myself, a character trait. I push myself to keep going regardless if anyone encourages or inspires me, because it’s who I am as a person. I actually, work harder when people tell me I can’t do something or secretly want me to fail. I do things for little praise and reward from others, because I know working hard will eventually help me get to where I want to be life, which is a reward within itself. However, some people aren’t self-motivated and that’s fine too, and that’s where people like me, hopefully come into play to inspire, help people believe in themselves and their dreams no matter what, and encourage them not to give up and to keep fighting for what they want in life.
At the end of the day, I work hard for these various reasons and if I can help motivate someone to work hard for what they want and to never give up, I’m satisfied with that. I hope you related to this post, found some motivation, or just found this blog post interesting. I know that different things motivate others and so I’d love to hear what motivates you? So, please drop a comment and let me know what motivates you!
Until next time, love always….