Friday, 21 July 2017

What Motivates us to be successful? By Alex Afriyie

Yesterday I was at my daughter's graduation. This was her masters degree. Of course as a father I am so proud of her. However she has struggled through many trials to get this qualification. I also met a young man James who said he had dropped out of education at aged 18 when both his grandparents died. However here he was at 28 receiving his social work degree and he had a job waiting for him. It made me ask the question - what motivates us to be successful?

1) Doing what we are passionate about - James told me he discovered his burning passion for Social work when he was working with children. He then decided to take it to the next level and get a Social work degree. 

2) Taking it to the next level - I see this same passion in my daughter who after finishing her first degree went on to do her masters in order to become qualified to help people through the medium of dance and psychotherapy. 

3) Recognising our skills and abilities - In both James and my daughter I can see that they recognised their natural abilities. In James case this was for working with children and in my daughters
case this was for working with people in need. They then combined their ability with their passion and looked for ways to enhance this through training.

4) Suffering - Sometimes the most motivating thing can be suffering. Things have been tough and we know the only thing that will get us out of this state is pushing forwards to reach our goals and dreams. By taking an action every day we eventually reach our goal. 'Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts' (Winston Churchill) 

5) Having a clear vision and end goal - For both James and my daughter they had a clear vision and end goal in mind and this motivated them to continue each day. True success is faithfulness to the vision, passion and abilities that God has placed in you.

What is your passion?
What gifts and abilities do you have?
How can you take these to the next level? 
What training do you need?
What suffering will motivate you to take action?
Write down a clear vision and end goal?
Then, step by step, day by day, just do it!

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