Some of us are hardwired with motivation. While others have to really work at staying hungry. Gary Vaynerchuck, serial entrepreneur, four-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker and internet personality, says there are two major factors that can drive your motivation:
“You have to be selfish with the time you have left and grateful for the time you’ve had,” Vaynerchuck writes in a blog post.
Selfishness, Vaynerchuck explains isn’t about money it’s about the legacy. He gives an example where if he could have $500 million and the narrative of his career would be, “He did a nice job. He did well for himself and he made money.” Or he could have $200 million and the narrative would shift to “He mentally changed how the industry thought about attention.” The impact is what holds the most value for Vaynerchuck not the amount of digits after the dollar sign.
In order to achieve this, you have to have a shift in perspective and to enjoying the process more than the things the process can get you will help you stay motivated.
“Most of the time when people ask me about motivation, 80% of the time I attribute it to gratitude. If you want real fuel to win, be grateful,” Vaynerchuck writes.
During some of his most challenging times in business, Vaynerchuck attributes being able to take a step back and reflect on where he came from—an immigrant from Belarus in the former Soviet Union—and being grateful for all that he has been given as a way to get through those tough times.
“It’s the understanding that time is your number one asset; you have to do right by it by being grateful with the time you’ve had and selfish with the time you have left.”
It’s that mindset that has allowed Vaynerchuck to stay motivated. Because, who really knows what tomorrow brings?
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