Intrinsic motivators will last much longer than extrinsic motivators. You can be driven by both, but relying on only extrinsic motivators will cause you to fall short.
“I noticed a common thread:… people were surprised to discover that monetary rewards were insufficient to sustain them in their careers. It turned out that money was not the powerful or consistent motivator they thought it would be… Many of us are encouraged to focus more on extrinsic motivators – those that can be manifested visibly (money, status, title, etc.) – as opposed to intrinsic motivators, which are those things that motivate us internally (such as passion for the mission, intellectual stimulation, and close relationships).” – Robert Steven Kaplan in What You’re Really Meant To Do
At some point, the carrots at the company we worked for weren’t enough to keep us. They seemed so enticing at the beginning, but they satisfied and motivated us less and less.
And so we left. We started our own businesses. We joined a cause. Or we rediscovered the intrinsic motivators in our current job we forget. We had to tap into something deeper to power us through our next phase.
I wish you that you find what you need to sustain yourself. I wish you well.
- Rob Stephens
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