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I’d like to share some slides I found on slideshare via techcrunch here today,

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Written by randomwalls

May 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

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Motivation

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It’s been a while since I last posted here.

I’ve been really busy at work, trying to get back into the groove of jogging everyday, and trying to learn how to code in python, just for the sake of learning something new.

I recently subscribed to the new Sitra WiMax internet service in my area, which in itself is an interesting experience I might post about (hint: the service is hit or miss, sometimes it’s really fast, sometimes I just can’t connect, but that’s another story).

Now at work I have been taking on more management responsibilities meaning that I am spending more time talking and listening to people and trying to solve problems, and less time behind the screen in front of my computer grinding away. Which is fine because I guess that’s what management is supposed to be, interacting with people.

One interesting interaction I had was in a sharing session I held with all my team members, one person asked me, “What is your motivation?”

Instantly I was reminded of something physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shared on reddit a few months back during an AMA  when he was asked by a redditor on any advice he might have to a young person looking for motivation in life. Dr. Tyson had this to share, (and you can see the original thread here):

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.

Inspiring words from a great man. This perfectly sums up my feeling on what motivation is. All along my youth I thought that I needed people to tell me what to do or what to be, only after I gained the confidence to believe in myself and create my own path in life did I achieve any personal progress, and this belief that we have to generate our own motivation has driven me so far.

So back to my session, I answered simply that for me, my motivation comes from within myself, to be a better person today that I was yesterday, and to make this world a better place for everybody around me, starting with my family, my colleagues and friends, and so on.

That is my motivation in life.

Written by randomwalls

May 23, 2012 at 2:40 am