What motivates you?

Posted on November 11, 2015

I am deeply immersed in my volunteer consulting project. I am working more hours and much harder than I ever did when I was getting paid to work. But, you know what? I am having a blast and I wouldn’t change anything. Sure, I have some frustrating days, but on the whole, I have never felt more alive or intellectually challenged.

This got me thinking about what really motivates me. In the early days of my career, it was money, pure and simple. I didn’t give a thought to the costs associated with making a lot of money, I just wanted the power and the prestige. At this point in my life, my motivations are far, far different.

Why do I love what I do?

1. It’s my choice.

I chose the project and I chose the team that would work with me on this project. Of course, many things you can’t control, but it’s nice to have some control.

2. Good people.

I work with an awesome team of fellow alumni who are also committed to giving back to the community. There are no egos involved. We are working on this project because we truly want to help others.

3. I am using my skills and learning new things.

I need to be always learning new things and feeling like I am making a difference. I love learning about new clients and how to approach problems in a new way.

4. I am useful.

By using our business skills to help a non-profit better serve its constituents, I am able to help others in a meaningful way.

What motivates you?