These 20 Business Icons Will Help You Stay Motivated and Driven On Your Path to success
Regardless of where you are in life in terms of your professional, personal or social growth and development, everyone needs to stay motivated in order to achieve their goals. Motivation is not some magical spell that you cast to keep you focused and working harder than ever. It is a gradual process that occurs over a long period of time. Self- motivation takes perseverance and determination. The key to staying driven is never giving up.
1. Take Pride In Everything You Have Accomplished So Far
”I am so proud that I’ve made it through some difficult trials in my life, like a divorce and have leaned deeper into family, friends and faith in the process. I’m proud of the ways that I’ve learned to balance vulnerability with authority and I have no doubt I will keep learning that. I’m incredibly proud of the students in our program who wake up every morning determined to create their future even amidst all of the trials and hardships they face.” – Rachel Goble – Wedding, Portrait and Humanitarian Photographer,
One of the first factors for self-motivation is pride. You need to acknowledge all the work you have put in as well as the many obstacles which you have overcome to get to where you are today. Once you can put in to perspective just how far you have come, you will think twice about throwing all that away and giving up on your goals.
2. Be Passionate About What You Do
“What drives me is passion for what I do. I must be immersed in some sacred notion of pleasure in order to achieve.” – Issa Diabaté – Yale graduate and Managing Director of the Koffi & Diabaté Architectes agency in Ivory Coast,
When you are passionate about something, you are willing to take more risks. Taking extra risks places you in the position to succeed because you do what no one else is willing to do to achieve their dreams. Passion for your dreams also makes your work more pleasurable
3. Be Driven By The Urge To Make A Difference
“I am driven by a desire to help those less fortunate.” – Martin Burt – Director Ejecutivo-Fundación Paraguaya & Executive Director-Teach A Man To Fish,
When you set out to accomplish your goals, think of the broader picture. Ask yourself: “will this goal/ dream have a positive influence on the people around me?” “Will it affect anyone negatively?” The dreams you aim to achieve should have a higher purpose. If more people are relying on your accomplishments to improve their lives, you will be more driven to achieve them.
4. Be Grateful For Everything You Have In Life And Make The Most Out Of Each Day
“I wake up every morning with the realisation that there are only 24 hours in the day, no more or less, no injury time. I get on my bike and cycle, watch the sunrise and go back home to take my kids to school. I tell them they’ve missed the most fantastic morning (they think I’m mad). I remain grateful for the 24 hours I have to live in a day and I try to live them as positively and productively as I can.” – Stephen Saad – Founder and Chief Executive of Aspen Pharmacare,
Oprah Winfrey once said that if you are thankful for all that you have, you will end up having more, but if you concentrate on everything that you are lacking, nothing will ever be enough. Appreciation for the blessings (both big and small) in your life will push you to accomplish even more. It allows you to stay grounded and perpetuates the hunger to accomplish all that you have set out to do.
5. Be Driven By The Need To Find Solutions To Arising Problems
“The necessity to fix what could be wrong and to build what seems to be missing.” – Dr Demi Getschko – engineer and CEO of the Center for Information and Coordination BR Point (NIC.br),
Problem solving is one of the most essential skills in any human being’s life. When we are faced with challenges, we can either tackle them head on, or run away from them. If you really want to be successful, avoiding the problem is not the answer. Stay motivated by taking the bull by the horns and conquering the challenges that face you. Try looking at your problem as if it were a mathematical equation. Find the formula you will need, and solve the equation. The more problems you solve on your own, the more confidence you will gather to solve more challenging problems in the future.
6. Be Driven By Curiosity
“I am driven by learning. I like ideas and the pursuit of new ideas that address problems in novel ways. In this regard, I like to define the paths that others will study and offer insights to others along that path. I don’t always have answers, but I like to ask interesting questions and make useful observations.” – Dave Ulrich – Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group.
7. Be Driven By The Desire To Improve Yourself As A Person
“I’m driven by a desire to continually improve and to be better, both in a professional sense and a personal sense. There’s always scope to learn new things, try new challenges and to be a better person.” – Avin Rabheru – CEO and Founder of Housekeep, and angel investor,
Self-improvement is universal to human progress. The ability to see our flaws and the fervent desire to correct them is what sets us apart from any other living organisms. All it takes is a little bit of extra elbow grease each day and you will reach new heights faster than you thought possible.
8. Let The Things That Inspire You Be Your Driver
”I am inspired and driven forward by ideas and visions; by the belief in something so strongly that it is the first thing I think about when I wake up, and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I get excited by the whole design process, but there is one moment when you’re creating something, where you stop thinking and just start doing. That is what drives me. It’s the moment when good design just happens.” – Beatrice Witzgall – CEO and founder of LumiFi, and award-winning lighting designer,
Having inspiration is crucial when it comes to staying self-motivated. Inspiration is the spark that ignites the initial desire to dream, and ultimately achieve those dreams.
9. Have A Vision For A Better Future
“I would say that the concepts of dignity and justice have been instrumental in driving me at every step since I started my work in the development sector. The people who I work for live in some of the most disaster-prone areas in the world and perhaps consequently are some of the poorest citizens of the country. Despite being resilient and determined, they live in close bars of poverty and misfortune that strip them off their dignity. These people have a right to live with hope and dignity but the injustice of being overlooked at every stage in their life makes me work harder towards ensuring a better and liveable future for them. I live by a vision – a vision that they will eventually be able to reach a tipping point in near future from where they would be able to live their life independently ‘having equal opportunity’ as the mainstream society.” – Runa Khan – founder and Executive Director of Friendship
This links in with making a difference in your surroundings. Find a higher purpose, something that is way bigger than the short-term goals you have created for yourself. Think of the bigger picture, and set goals holistically.
10. Stay Motivated By Embracing Innovation
“I am always driven by the idea of creating something new. So I guess bringing ‘innovation’ has always been the core motivational factor of my life. Another factor drives me immense- the force of love and smile. I love to see smiling faces wherever I go. And it is impossible not to mention about my beautiful wife and children and how they drive me to become a better man both in career and family context.” – Saif Rashid – Founding Director and CEO of JITA and rural enterprise expert,
Innovation is what happens when curiosity meets the desire to solve problems and do things differently. Set yourself apart from the pack by being innovative and be inspired by the thrill of creating something completely original and brand-spanking new.
11. Love What You Do
“I love my work and find it meaningful. I have no plans to ever retire. Why should I?” – Marshall Goldsmith – American leadership coach and author of management-related literature
When you love what you do, you will find it easier to overcome challenges and find solutions to your problems. It will not feel like work, it will simply be a hobby that you get paid to do. Try and find meaning in everything you put your mind to, so that you can develop it into something driven by a real purpose.
12. Be Driven By Your Hardships
“I am driven by the hard work and struggle that generations of my family have endured. I often say I have the luxuries of a 3rd generation Mexican-American and with those privileges I dedicate my career to supporting youth in under-resourced neighborhood.” – Marisa Urrutia Gedney – Director of Education, 826LA,
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous adage “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” is extremely relevant in this case. The hardships you experience in life will only strengthen you as a person, and inspire you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Embrace your past struggles and use it as motivation, rather than use it as an inhibitor to your present.
13. Be Driven By Discovery Of The Unknown
“I know there are endless things in the world to discover and I also know I’ve barely uncovered any of the surfaces. So what drives me is the beauty beyond what I already know. Because it’s there, just waiting.” – Zach Tutor – Creator of SUPERSONIC ART,
Don’t we all want to be pioneers of our time? Do not limit yourself. Push the boundaries and excel in your field. Be fresh, be original, be Limitless. See the beauty of things and find opportunities all around you.
14. Life Is Short And Precious, So Make Sure Every Day Counts
“There are many drivers in my life, one I notice more and more is how rapidly time passes and much remains to be done” – Jean Kissell – Director of WADAN (Welfare Association For The Development Of Afghanistan),
Stop waiting for the “perfect moment”. If you want something, pursue it today! Take that first step, and do not procrastinate. Take action towards your goals now, because life is too precious to waste on regrets.
15. Stay Hungry For Life
“HUNGER- But this hunger does not get satiated with food. As a young girl, I experienced literal hunger in my motherland, Guatemala. This hunger is not what drives me now, or any other allegorical hungers I have experienced throughout my life. I remember being hungry for acceptance; hungry for detachment; hungry for belonging; hungry for solitude; hungry for chaos. The hunger that drives me now is hunger for wisdom, happiness, and a hunger for reconstruction and deconstruction.” – Claudia d. Hernandez – Photographer, poet, and bilingual educator,
We are all hungry for something in life, whether it is fame, fortune or food. Hunger feeds passion. When you are hungry for something, the only way to satisfy that hunger is to accomplish your goal. Stay hungry to stay driven.
16. Be Driven By The Injustices Of Your World.
“I am driven by my constant astonishment at how unfair our world is. I simply don’t believe it has to be this way. Secret Pillow Project is one of the ways I will live out my dream to live in a fairer world as it will a) re-allocate resources b) give those resources to the people who are most capable of using them wisely and for the benefit of others, women.” – Fritha Vincent – Social Entrepreneur & Founder of Secret Pillow Project,
Let the philanthropist in you come alive and use your goal/s to help balance out the injustices you see around you. The amount of good you are capable of doing will surely keep you motivated to stick to your goals.
17. Let Your Self-Confidence Drive You
“The self-confidence and belief I have, drives me to do things which normally many people would not do. I select difficult goals and I aim at it until I accomplish it. There is a feeling of satisfaction in achievement.” – Dr Manu Chandaria – Kenyan Magnate and CEO of the Comcraft Group Nairobi,
Never stop learning. Try to constantly grow and develop as a person. There is no end to your capabilities so do not limit yourself. Be driven by the passion of discovery.
18. Use Your Goals To Create A Legacy
“The idea that the only way I’ll be able to make some sort of mark on this world is if I give it my very best every day.” – Barbara Mallinson – Founder of Obami.com,
Use your goals to create a legacy that will live on long after you have fulfilled your purpose in life. Create something that will have a positive impact on people for generations to come
19. Draw Motivation From Your Loved Ones
“Family” – Takaharu Tezuka – Founder of Tezuka Architects,
Your loved ones should drive you to work harder, so that you can create a better life for your family, and thus inspire others that surround you. Remember that family always comes first
20. Be Motivated By Your Fears
“Fear of boredom. Fear of not mattering” – Nancy Lublin – CEO of Do Something Inc. and Founder of Dress for Success,
Work to be remembered. Even if you do not reach the goal you initially set out to do, at least your efforts will not have been in vain. Do not go down without a fight. Become someone worth remembering. Be someone who matters in life.
Sir Richard Branson dropped out of high school at the age of 16, to sell magazines in the streets of England. Today, he is the CEO of The Virgin Group with a nett worth of over 4.8 Billion U.S dollars and over 400 companies.
Now, in today’s society, a tenth grade certificate won’t get you very far unless you have DRIVE. Drive is what set Sir Branson apart at such a young age. He had a vision, and he stayed motivated and driven until he turned that vision into a reality.
Take a page out of this billionaire’s book and stay driven. Never lose sight of your goals, and NEVER GIVE UP.