Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Motivation is a complicated subject, I think I spend a lot of time thinking about it. In the process of making my Everest presentation I was asked to discuss goals. While goals on their own I never really directly addressed, this is one aspect of achieving goals I find helpful, if not necessary.

Motivation for me starts with the pull toward what you want. It is also countered by the thing or things we fear or hate, the things we might actually be running from. There is also a positive feedback loop of previous successes. Because I had good grades during my education, I feel that in business I can also do well. Because I ran a good workout two weeks ago, I can run a good race. This is also countered by our previous failures. Because Janzen Gear was a failure I will never approach a business or a patent the same way. Failure happens, and I feel it it best to learn from it and use it as motivation as we move forward.
The Flow of Motivation
It's not the best graphic in the world, it has some issues, but it's the best I have so far. The main point of this is to show, it's not just a vacuum drawing us to what we want, motivation is a much deeper more experience based mindset.

This has particular value to me because I feel I have buckets of motivation, and I have great difficulty giving that to others. This graphic is one small step in the direction toward motivation education. In other words, the ability to teach or mentor someone to have great motivation. It is possible, but certainly difficult.

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