Human motivation is hard to understand but some triggers are common. Altruism and the need to help others is the highest form of ourselves but difficult to sustain. A prayerful outlook helps, along with a deep practice of doing something meaningful. Do-gooders never lack self-motivation, even when they don’t have resources.
For the majority of the population, the bartering system of the global economy suffices —in order to maintain self-interest just enough to pay the bills on-time and hold onto a job. Being a world citizen is a birthright in itself, and most of us are happy to live another day.
For entrepreneurs, the greatest trigger of all is competition. Life is a game to be won. Business is about maximizing return on investment. Let the best ideas win. The winner-take-all system favors the smartest guys in the room. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists want to solve business problems, first and foremost. Real problems are set aside quickly when short-term rewards are hard to forecast. It’s a lot easier to make money on games like March Madness than trying to fix public schools.
There’s nothing wrong in incentivizing everything we do in order to get a shot at the prize. Everything is becoming gamified or scored in one way or the other, and the millennial crowd thrives in these systems.
What I worry about is the lack of attention towards solving real problems. We need more prize-laden competitions to encourage giving back.
Sustainability is not dead. Perspectives are in short supply. Real problems are discovered sometimes when the game is almost over. Agree with what’s written here..
My perspective shared on a blog some time ago…
There is enormous opportunity to fix things before you will be told what to do. There’s still time left.
Jerry Seinfeld once said, “to live is to keep moving.” Pico Iyer, a well-known travel writer, argues for the opposite perspective. Movement is often confused with progress.
Pico Iyer has influenced my outlook. He lives in Japan and writes for a global audience seeking refuge away from themselves. At some point, the non-stop journey yields diminishing returns. In this interview, he says the best thing to do is to go nowhere and just find your inner peace wherever you are.
Good luck to Coach Smart and Coach Strong. Texas may need to hire a Coach Wise, too.