Don’t Misuse your Motivation in a World of Endless Opportunity

In my opinion there has truly never been a better time to exist on this planet than present day. The opportunities created with our current technology and the ability for anyone with a phone, tablet, or computer to learn any specialized skill with a single click or finger push.   

The problem of the current generation has never been lack of opportunity, the problem has only ever been wasted energy. With more opportunities than ever before we also now face more ways to misuse our motivation and misguide our own potential.

As individuals I believe there is a level of intuition present in each of us that tells us if we have talent in a particular field. For instance, if you have a propensity for public speaking you already know you would have an advantage as a politician. If you are very visually inclined your talents could be used effectively behind a camera lens or directing a film. Why is it that so many of us either ignore or fail to listen to that natural intuition? To me its not about “do what you love.” Its more about do what you’re good at, learn everything about what you are good at, and you WILL love what you are good at because you’re good at it. The key thing to remember is you are likely good at multiple things. Not just one thing.

A complete misuse of motivation strikes me as someone deliberately trying to work towards a career that does not appeal to them, and that they are intimidated by during the learning process. If you are intimidated by what you are learning, that is your intuition telling you that it isn’t right. If you enjoy learning about something, keep at it. 

A failure to listen to your intuition also creates a willingness to take shortcuts. A shortcut can be a person giving up while they are working in a field that does not fit with their natural propensity and trying to make quick money with no thought process or strategy. This commonly leads to failure. Say a person wasn’t making enough money so they set up an account on a website like Clickbank.com and they had no selling ability whatsoever. They saw an easy way to make money but failed to think through that there was no value in it for them because they do not possess the ability to sell “sand in a desert.” Then they have wasted valuable time on something irrelevant to them and are left demotivated.

Instead of wasting time pushing a boulder uphill, make a list of ten tings that come naturally to you and then come up with a list of ten ways to make money for each item on the list. Then narrow down to ten, then down three. Now pick your favorite. There you go, now start up a side business, read everything you can, learn everything you can and watch your level of contentment grow as you earn money.

Don’t waste your time. Figure out what you are good at now and make a living with your existing talents.

Risk vs. Safety: Why playing it safe takes the value out of time

Every day we all make choices and sometimes these choices involve taking a risk or playing it safe. This can be applied to nearly any situation so I want this philosophical jargon I am about to rant about to be applied to choosing a career. When we are children we often declare the profession we dream of pursuing “when we grow up.” As we get older this thought fades away and some of us settle for a “realistic” way of life. This reality check shapes nearly every aspect of our adulthood and often forces any dreams to be locked away in the back of our mind. A person that dreams of becoming an actor may get a business degree instead and send out 1,000 resumes only to end up with no response and a true calling that had been ignored completely. If the person does get the job they spend their days unfulfilled thinking about a future that may have been if they had just been willing to take a risk.

“A ship is always safe at shore – but that is not what it is built for.” -Albert Einstein

When is a risk worth the risk? When does playing it safe cause a mundane existence? Can there be a balance?

Far too many people play it safe in this life instead of pursuing a dream and risking a loss. The irony of those that work to survive is that they are just buying meaningless time to exist longer on this earth with no true personal fulfillment. There are those who would argue some do not have a choice and the cards they were dealt prevent them from making a dream into a reality. A valid argument, but also a glorified excuse in my opinion. There is ALWAYS a choice. The choice to take a calculated risk with a high chance of loss may not be available today or even tomorrow. However, taking a risk over playing it safe is a choice that every person does encounter in their lifetime. Personality can play a role in the outcome of this choice for each individual but at the end of the day it creates two types of people. Those who choose to exist but wish they could live and those who chose to live regardless of the consequences. Yes, every risk does have consequences and some can have a lasting impact on our lives good or bad.

Where is this all leading?

Without taking any risks, just choosing to exist, never acting on any desires or impulses, and never acting on an idea is the ultimate risk. The risk of never feeling alive.

We can all “buy” time and draw out our inevitable end experiencing life in the most mundane way, but instead why not focus on the value of the time we have rather than the duration of our time. Therefore a risk isn’t a risk at all but rather a fulfillment of our existence.

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