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Motivation, Drive, The Truth

How do you stay motivated? What drives you?


A common question in interviews that always come with "Canned" responses, like money, or family status.


I'm not interviewing you, there is no job on the line. What REALLY Drives you?


And for bonus, WHY?


I'll start, to feel like I matter, have some sort of a legacy that people can look to an say, yea he did it the right way, I want to be like him. Is it vain, sure, is it wrong? I don't know, but I have never had it and it's what I want.

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CoorsKing
WR Officer
+11
King of the Coors Knights
I like being able to afford to travel, and do whatever I want on weekends. My hobbies (Skiing and Mountain Biking) are expensive as fuck.Β 

I work hard to support the lifestyle I want.Β 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
100% travel is huge, i dont do nearly enough of it
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Agreed, finding weekend hobbies that you enjoy gives you something to look forward to.Β 
Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
Sometimes 'canned' responses aren't dishonest though. For me, money really is important and absolutely motivates me
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
for sure and there is nothing wrong with them i guess its just what i have used and its felt dishonest, happy for you that its your drive!
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Money is defiantly motivating but finding other things that motivate you specially can be helpful. Even little things such as going home after leaving the office and cooking a good meal, seeing family and friends, etc.Β 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Being able to do as I please so money is honestly my why
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
understood! nothing wrong with that
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Money is always a big one, especially for sales
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
The ability to look back at all the high school administrators that told me I'd never get anywhere and say FUCK YOU! (with a smile obviously) I make more than most of them now, so I guess I win.Β 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
get it! powerful feeling of proving others wrong, but make sure you do it for yourself!
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
YES!! Proving people wrong, the best feeling
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Being a provider for my family so my children can grow up both comfortably but appreciating the fruits of hard work. My parents worked hard (career educators) to provide for my brother and paid for our college. I hope to do the same.Β 

In the same vein, the last decade for me has been somewhat of a "rags to riches" story, humbly. But when it was rags, there were many people who were unbelievable generous (in many forms) towards my family, when we were in need. Beside providing for my own family, my main motivator is to be able to extend generosity towards others who may be in need, either on an individual level, or more philanthropic level.Β 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
thats an awesome story! pay it forward! what are you doing now that's "riches"
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Slayed hard from the ground level (SDR) to now being in a strategic account role, in the security space. It's been a lot of work, but well worth it. And I know that I'm not unique to that story, in this room. Not smart enough to be a doctor like my father in law and brother in law...but dammit, I'm gonna work my ass off to make as much as them!Β 
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User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Family is a great motivator!Β 
BillyHoyle
Tycoon
+10
Senior Account Executive
My primary driver in life is not being worse than my peers. Not sure how healthy that is, but I honestly love burying my team members lol. Maybe I need a competitive outlet in my life again...
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
healthy competition is always good!
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Freedom.
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
Boom
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
God Bless America!
WolfOfTechSales
Catalyst
+4
Manager, Sales Development
Living a life of abundance instead of scarcity when it comes to money. I don't want money to drive my decisions on a daily basis.Β 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
i feel you there! such a hard thing to deal with
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
agreed, nobody wants to have to worry about that stuff
Law
Good Citizen
+2
Head of Business Development
Impact because I think it's important waking up feeling a sense of purpose, that fuels me to keep going even on the darker days
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
struggle with this constantly, best of luck to you @LuwΒ 
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Love that! this can be hard sometimes, easier said than doneΒ 
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
To be successful enough to do the things I *really* want to do. Learning, mastering my craft.Β 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
what tools are you using to master it? and what do you *Really* want?
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
learning new things is super powerfulΒ 
D_Crush
Good Citizen
+1
Director, Customer Success
Money is definitely a driver for anybody in sales and if money doesn't motivate you, you shouldn't be in sales. So that one is a given, but for me, the "why" is my daughter. Demonstrating work ethic, drive and showing her how to be independent and successful. And in terms of the job itself, the challenge - the climb - that's the motivation. Sales is fast-paced and stressful but also so fun and rewarding. Every day is different and new challenges are placed in your path and that is what motivates me to keep on keepin' on!
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
awesome man, I wouldnt say money is required though, perhaps you just really want to see people and clients succeed? Money can just be a byproduct of that Sounds like ur daughter is learning from a good example

User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
this is great, my family and friends is my "why" it gets me through day after day
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Having my own business helps a lot with motivation
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
creating something of your own gives you a great purpose of life
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes amazing stuff

Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
what do you do @AceΒ 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Sell HR Tech SaaS product
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Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Healthy money for wealthy levels of peace in mind :-)! That's my why, so money+peace!
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
interesting phrase, may steal, thanks!
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
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User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
money can make life easier there is no denying thatΒ 
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Unsure on peace though :)
AlexT
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Step 1 - Make money, Step 2 - buy assets, RepeatΒ 
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
assets baby!
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
investing in the stock market all the wayΒ 
User1234567
Politicker
+5
User1234567
Taking it day by day motivates me the most and knowing the future is going to be great. One bad day does not predict anything.
Kevinbacon
Opinionated
+6
Sales Manager
Family.Β  I believe it is my DUTY and obligation to achieve the highest level of success both professionally and monetarily for my family.Β Β 

Anything less than giving my all is a failure.Β 
Stratifyz
Opinionated
+9
Business Development Rep
We share the WHY! I’m all about leaving an impact/legacy for those to follow. Is this more common than I thought?
friendlyginge
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
I don’t want my financial ceiling to be limited. Turns out I also love the glory when things are good
SaaSyBee
Politicker
+5
Sales Content Writer
Human connection. That's what drives me more than anything.
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