Motivation can be defined as the driving force within an individual that leads to persistent effort in attaining a goal. Motivation in many circumstances can be the difference between success and failure.
Motivation stems from many factors. It can be influenced by past experiences, the people around you and job you are carrying out. For example, one may be trapped in a boring, monotonous job, leading to high levels of de-motivation.
Therefore to prevent that from happening, I believe that motivation is fundamental trait from an early age. Personally, I was happy to move through school achieving very little up until the age of 14. At that point, my father showed me that I could do a lot better, and ever since I’ve enjoyed continued success. He got me started, but ultimately I had to carry on and maintain my motivational levels.
There are some people that are naturally very intelligent and may not need to work as hard as others at an academic level. However, once that stage has passed, motivation plays a very key role. It can be the difference between an individual gaining successive promotions or staying at the same level for many years.
There are a lot of different motivators that are discussed by the different motivational theorists, such as F.W. Taylor, Maslow or Herzberg. Each person will have a different motivator, but personally, I am driven by success. That feeling of high achievement is second to none.
In business terms, motivation may not be the sole reason for promotion or winning awards, as talent plays a part, but it is of significant importance and if one can maintain a reasonable level of motivation, I can guarantee they will be successful.
Aristotle sums it up nicely; “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit”