[...] Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers.
They all say: “I didn’t quit.”
[...] The biggest reason founders stop working on their startups is that they get demoralized. Some people seem to have unlimited self-generated morale. These almost always succeed. - Paul Graham
[...] Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. – William Feather
Marelisa has put together an awesome list on how to stay motivated:
- Create a bulletin board and hang it up where you can see it often.
- Think about the reasons why you want to achieve a particular goal.
- Create a list of all the regrets you’ll experience if you don’t follow through on your goal.
- Make a list of movies, videos and music that motivate you and start collecting them.
- Start collecting motivational quotes that inspire and motivate you.
- Find a phrase that makes you feel motivated, which you can repeat to yourself over and over again whenever you feel your motivation waning.
Not dead, can’t quit.
- Do it with a buddy.
- Stay away from naysayers.
[...] When they say they YOU cannot DO it. It only means THEY who cannot DO it themselves. You CAN.
- Give yourself constant rewards.
- Keep track of your progress.
See: Progress is motivation by Pete
- Accept that overcoming obstacles is part of the process to reaching your goals.
[...] Our biggest obstacle may be our selves. (by Terrence)
- Remind yourself of everything that you have accomplished so far.
- Come up with your own list of ways to stay motivated.
- Take steps to increase your self-confidence.
See also: Develop self-confidence by public speaking via Dale
- Create checklists.
- Start early.
- Take a piece of paper and draw a thermometer on it to measure success.
- Too many goals at once will wreck havoc on your motivation
- Whenever you have a few moments between meetings, or when you’re stuck in traffic, take out the card and look at your goal.
- Allow yourself to take breaks and do stuff that’s not productive, but that you enjoy doing.
[...] Most things aren’t impossible, most people just give up too soon.
Intrinsic motivation is when I am motivated by internal factors, as opposed to the external drivers of extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation drives me to do things just for the fun of it, or because I believe it is a good or right thing to do.
There is a paradox of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is far stronger a motivator than extrinsic motivation, yet external motivation can easily act to displace intrinsic motivation. – changingminds.com
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