Recently I was talking with a co-worker about motivation. It was a simple enough conversation about what we think motivates others as well as what we find is our own motivation. Motivation is really a complex thing to understand, and more often than not the simplest motivator can be the littlest thing to the masses… but to that one person it can mean everything.
That’s really what the driving difference is amongst people in general. Too often we get focused on what we think should be motivational, and forget that what we have as motivation will often differ from theirs. Because everyone is different identifying what may potentially motivate them.
Some will be motivated by the sense of victory over a challenge.
Some motivation can be found from a feeling of duty towards someone else or in a certain situation.
Some can be motivated by the knowledge of having a positive effect in the lives of others.
Some are motivated by something as simple as a pack of their favorite gum.
Others will be motivated to do not by either a sense, feeling, knowledge, or a material item but rather simply by those who are around them and motivated enough for their own individual purpose.
So the real question becomes, how do you find out what motivates someone? Can you decipher it from what they eat? Will observation provide clear answers or at the very least clues? Perhaps making mental notes in passing conversations will tip their driving force to a keen listener? All of those things can help you discover someone’s motivation, but there is a far simpler and easier way.
So what motivates you?