Some people are motivated by money. Some by love. Some people are motivated by their need for validation. Some people aren’t motivated at all. When I really think about it, my motivation for success boils down to two things: my friends and my ego.
I have an immense respect for so many of my friends, and there are a bunch of people I know doing amazing things with their lives. I’m reminded of this every time I check Facebook and Twitter. I have friends that own their own dance studio, another who travels around the world making videos for a living, another who’s probably one of the youngest energy traders in the industry, another who just moved to Australia for a great opportunity, another going to school at Columbia, friends living it up NYC/Chicago/LA, etc. etc. I see pictures from all over the world of my friends’ travels – Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Hawaii, London, Rio, Chile, etc. These are my peers, and I’m proud of what they’re doing for themselves. It’s impossible to settle for mediocrity when you see all of these great things on a regular basis.
Which leads me to my ego. Deep down, if I’m really being honest, I don’t want to be average. When I leave this world, I want to have left my imprint. This is one reason why I want to hop out the Matrix. If I never existed, someone else would be doing this desk job, and the world would never notice. In the Matrix, I am replaceable. I want to do more, because I feel like I’m capable of more. To use an exaggerated example to make my point, imagine how different the world would be if Diddy never existed. Think about that statement for a second and let it sink in, because it is entirely true – the world would be different without Diddy. No Sean Jean, no “take that take that remix”, no Bad Boy, no Biggie.
How different would the world be without you? Would it even matter? I want to matter. Maybe not to the extent Diddy or Elvis or MLK matters, but I still want to influence the world around me. This is my motivation. What’s yours?