By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I LOVED the first 120 pages or so of The Motivation Myth, the new book by popular Inc. magazine writer Jeff Haden. (And I liked the last 120 pages or so, too, just not quite as much as the first half that I LOVED.) I started reading this book and immediately pulled out my highlighter, and I am not a highlighting-books type of guy. There were just so many paragraphs and sentences that rang true to me.
The basic premise here is that motivation doesn’t come from a fiery pep talk or a Tony Robbins fire walk. It comes from actually doing something, finding a small success, and feeding off of that success as motivation to go further. You are naturally motivated by success to make more success. Any unnatural motivator is only going to last for a short while; you simply can’t keep a heightened state of frenzied activity going for very long. And you definitely can’t remain in that unnatural motivated state if you have a big goal that is going to take a long time to accomplish. You will burn out.