In business, school, sports, etc. we often observe cases where the most talented and/or brightest individuals do not succeed anywhere near the level they are expected to reach. Often, the cause of this situation is because the person is simply not naturally motivated nearly as much as those with fewer capabilities. These less motivated people will not get the big raises or promotions because their value to the employer is not high, and they will be first on the “to-go list” when staff cuts are required.
On the other hand, highly motivated employees will get raises and promotions because they will always:
- Do more work than is expected.
- Do better work than expected.
- Complete tasks ahead of schedule.
They also make work fun because they are excited about the opportunity, and their positive energy will raise the performance of others working with them.
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Highly self-motivated individuals put themselves in a position that almost always assures that they will be favored when it’s time for bonuses or promotions. Superiors quickly recognize that motivated employees either make their own job easier or allow their boss to do more so that they can be recognized for advancement. Their superiors consciously or subconsciously realize that if other less motivated individuals were favored ahead of the highly motivated employee, the more motivated employee could leave, making the bosses’ job harder.
Usually, the advancement into a higher position occurs in a step-by-step process, mainly based on continuously demonstrating superior work because of a high level of self-motivation. The importance of the relationship between self-motivation and success is expressed by the following quotations from references discussing the topic:
“Motivation is the most significant predictor of success.”
“Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your career, your success will depend almost entirely on how well you can motivate yourself.”
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
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