What Motivates Me?

Hello, welcome and happy Monday! Having recently embarked on a journey of self-exploration (i.e. job hunting) I feel like I’ve had to tackle some big questions recently. Questions such as: What is your dream job? Where do you see yourself in five years? And perhaps most daunting, what motivates you? While I feel like I’ve been able to get a better grasp on what my dream job is, and am working on a rough outline for the next five years, I’ve had the hardest time putting into words what motivates me. So naturally, I figured I would write about it and try to collect my thoughts on the subject because that’s what bloggers do, right?

Is it wrong to say that I am motivated by working hard? I enjoy being productive and staying busy and feeling accomplished at the end of each day. I love setting goals and then surpassing them. But above all else, I like helping people and making life easier for others. I know that response is not very “millennial” of me, but I’ve spent so much of my life helping out and constantly working towards something that it’s strange to be 25  years old and thinking about my passions and what my dream job would be for the first time in my life.

My dream job has always been having a job. I think that anyone who supports themselves would agree with that statement. Because of that, I’ve worked in positions that were exhausting and all-encompassing. Those exhausting positions have pushed me beyond my limit (more than once), and I wore my constant hard work as a badge of honor. I hate to say this because while I do feel like there is more to life than work, if I didn’t have the most productive day at the office I felt worthless and like I offered no value to the world. It’s embarrassing for me to admit that because one thing, whether it’s a job or a relationship or a hobby, should not dictate whether or not you offer value to the world.

At the end of the day, I’ve taken this time of self-exploration to understand that I provide value in multiple ways, not just through my job. However, my desire to work hard and be productive at a job while improving the lives of others has not wavered. The understanding that I have goals to meet, whether they are big picture dreams or simple day to day tasks, and knowing that those goals will not get accomplished without my hard work and dedication is what gets me out of bed and ready for work every morning.

So, this is your gentle reminder that it’s okay to not have everything figured out. And if find yourself without any answers and want that to change, find out what motivates you. And then put it into practice every single day.

-Melissa

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