Friday, 11 October 2013

what motivates you?

When job hunting one question that initially threw me was 'what motivates you?' After consulting Job Hunting for Dummies (not a joke, actually a very good tool) I decided that there was no wrong answer.

If you go in saying 'MONEY! I want to be rich beyond my wildest dreams and retire at 30', then they may think twice about hiring you. Money, however is a legitimate answer, as long as contextualised. The book highlighted these common motivators:

  • Money
  • Recognition
  • Making a difference
  • A challenge 

In my job now I'm still learning what motivates me. If you'd have asked me 6 months ago, I would have said a combination of all the above. Ask me now and I lean towards then 'making a difference' and 'recognition' combination.

Recently I've been thinking a lot about motivation, both in and out of work. I need to figure out what motivates me, so I can work at my best. I can tell those who rely on me what is needed and they can pump me up when I'm down. If recognition is my thing, I'll have to ensure I don't fall on the needy side. If making a difference is, I need to ensure I'm questioning the status quo enough.

What I want to know is, what motivates you?


  1. That is such a tricky question. I also find the question "Tell me why you would be good at this job?" or "Why should we hire you?" because answering it always feels like bragging, and I don't like doing that.

    What motivates me to work? The children. I love seeing the children happy; I love coming up with new ideas that entertain them and help them grow; I love watching them grow into gorgeous little human beings and knowing I had a helping hand in making them who they are. Also recognition, because it does feel really nice when parents recognise the work we do. The added bonus is the cuddles from the children, and seeing their faces light up when I start my shift or they get dropped of, children can make you feel so loved. :)

  2. Feeling like I'm achieving something motivates me, and being able to see the point in what I'm doing- which applies in both work and my personal life! Like I understand the point of my job, so enjoy it (sometimes). And when I'm running, I'm motivated because I know it's going to make me look awesome at some point... maybe! xx

  3. I'm loving your recent musings, these are questions that affect us all at some point or another. I'm job hunting right now and some days it can be quite difficult to summon up any motivation to keep going, but I think what motivates you really depends on what needs you have, in sort of a hierarchical model. If you have money, then it's acquisition no longer drives you, if you have recognition in some other area in your life...then it will be making a difference.. and so on and so forth. I think we never stop wanting something really, which I think is a good thing as we have this continuing excitement and hope for the future. I think it's when you feel your goals are truly unattainable or you can't figure out what it is exactly that you want that you stagnate a bit.

    Currently I'm at the bottom of the food chain .. I really need money in order to survive in London, and I suppose what drives me is the idea that I'm on my own now and I really need to figure it out! Lovely post as always! x

  4. Love this post. Success motivates me, the recognition that I have done a good job makes me want to do it again and even better. That makes me sound like a child wanting to be praised!... I also like a challenge.


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