This week we had a great guest post by Danny about the topic of motivation and eliminating the mindset that holds us back.
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Talking about motivation is nothing new here. I have written a few articles about motivation and getting things done over the past year. I think that understanding what motivates us is key.
Everyone should understand the things that drive them to succeed, or as Peter puts it, the things that get you motivated each day.
To be successful with the “Internet Lifestyle” there is a lot of work that has to be done. Whether your approach to it is more from an affiliate marketer angle or as a blogger.
It doesn’t matter what road you take, there has to be time, effort and patience involved to build a successful business online. Building a successful business on the internet takes time and energy.
Why do people fail:
People fail for many reasons. Often it may be because they buy into the unrealistic hype of earning an online income. So many products out there hype the Internet as an easy way to make money. Free, easy, fast, simple, quick : these are often the words you hear thrown into the mix for making money online. The reality is that trying to earn an online income is none of these things. It take hard-work, effort patience and above all, motivation.
What is motivation? Everyone will have their own answer to what motivates them. There are some very common factors for motivation.
Money: Many of us do work online for the money. Hey it is nice to get some extra green, right? As motivators go this is a bad one. The people that are really motivated by money and only money are those people that use the internet nefariously. They can lie, cheat and steal to make a buck.
Making money is a motivator. No doubt about that, but it shouldn’t be the only motivator. It is fine to hope for money but you need something more.
Basic needs: This could be a subset of money, but it is also its own motivator. If you are doing something to put food on the table, pay your electric bills and survive, that is a motivator. Actually that is great motivator. “If I don’t get this done, my children don’t eat“ It is hard to get more motivated than that.
There is a problem with this motivation. It only lasts as long as you are filling the basic needs. It shows no love or passion for the work. You may get the job done, but it will be without joy.
This is also a bad motivation for working online. Many of the ways to earn money online are built on doing things today with the idea of building something for the future. There is not often an immediate payback. If your motivation is the paycheck to fill those basic needs, chances are you will not last long. Those paychecks take a long time and it is far to easy to get discouraged and quit.
Social: Some people are social. They get motivated by feedback. They enjoy people and want people to read what they have to say. They like the attention and interaction of a peer group. This is a need that can really do well on the internet. There are a lot of ways to connect with others. Being motivated by the social aspect is something that is normal and natural for an outgoing person.
Achievement: This is my favorite. You are motivated by the goal to create something. You may perhaps set little mini-goals along the way. Even if the tasks themselves may be things that do not “motivate you” there is still the ultimate goal that does.
Real achievement means stepping outside of your comfort zone. Trying new things. Failing. Succeeding. It is not for the faint of heart and certainly involves lots of planning and goal-setting.
Passion: Yes, passion is an overused word, but no other word describes the topic as well. Passion for the topic itself is certainly a big part of success. You should find something that you just, “enjoy” talking or writing about. It makes the whole process easier.
So my question for you is simple:
What motivates you? What gets you excited? Why do you do what you do? Are you truly motivated or simply going through the motions. Share you thoughts on motivation and what it takes to succeed.To Your "Internet Lifestyle",