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Do You Know Your Why?

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4 months ago

When I saw that @bbyblacksheep tagged  me for @JonicaBradley 's Writing Prompt No 2: Motivation Challenge, the first thing that popped into my mind ias my post "Why I Do I Keep On Writing?"

In that article, I shared that my main motivation for writing is to earn for my family.

But after reading the motivation challenge article, I thought I could go beyond my motivation for writing. Because if earning money for my family is my main goal, there are lots of opportunities in front of me. Most of them though involve selling. Something that I am not good at.

I am more motivated to write and draw than sell. But of course, I know I still have to 'sell' my skills to earn more.

Anyways, I had more than a fair share of failures and a lack of motivations in the past.

Failed Blogs and Fiverr Gigs

I started my blogs before.  I even spent on a couple of domains and hosting… just the cheap ones.

But after posting a few times… poof! My motivation is either gone or diverted. I barely earned $10 in my Adsense.

Same thing with my Fiverr gigs.

After two or three paid gigs for creating caricatures from photos (or photo to vector), I stopped working in Fiverr. At the time, the Internet connection was just too slow and unstable. Or probably, I merely lost my motivation to continue offering my services.

sample of my photo to vector gig

Revenue Sharing Sites

Then I found Redgage. A revenue-sharing site where I can post articles, photos, videos, etc…

It was the first paying social media platform that I have joined. I was earning more than $100 a month back then… until they upgraded their server and the payment stopped.

IT Jobs

I was invited to join a start-up an online English Tutorial school owned by a friend of mine. I was hired to manage their network infrastructure.

One of the networks that I needed to rehab and redesign

I joined, not because of the salary offer, which was just a little more than the minimum, but because it was an opportunity for me to apply what I know and learn something new.

I did learn a lot of new things in the field of Information Technology.

A few years later, I was absorbed by the mother company owned by my friend's family. A real estate development company.

I joined with a goal in mind… to fix and upgrade their network infrastructure. That I accomplished in three years. Then I was motivated to do something else. Something outside the area of Information Technology.

I joined an insurance company. I joined not because of the possibility of earning high commissions. My motivations were to learn how to market and sell and personal financial management.

I passed the exam to become a licensed Financial Adviser.

source: Unsplash

I learned the personal finance management part. But the selling part? I could get some clients but could not close any deals.

Somehow, earning commissions is not a good motivation for me.

Do What You Love To Do

This is what I have been trying to do for years. As they always say, "find your passion!"

That's what I did! At first, I was confused. There are lots of things that I'd love to do. Design and develop websites, design, implement, and. manage network infrastructure; photography and photo editing; graphics design; teaching; writing and then some more…

Later on, I narrowed them down to three things that I love to do even if I don't get paid for doing them.

  • Writing,

  • photography, and

  • drawing (hand drawing and digital).

But something is missing!

Start With Why

Doing what you love is a great way to start things up… but without knowing the purpose, not knowing where you are going gets you nowhere. 

I WAS going nowhere. I have listed my dreams. Look at them almost every day and memorize them… but nothing… I could not connect my passion to my dreams.

Not until I saw this talk by Simon Sinek:

Simon Sinek: Start with why

Then I added something to my list of dreams. A reason why I wanted to achieve those dreams.

Then I connected my passion as the way to achieve those dreams.

And established what to do to achieve those dreams.

And every day, I have to remind myself of that why. As Zig Ziglar says

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

In conclusion, if you want to be motivated, find you're "why".

Before I close, I'm tagging the following for this Writing Prompt No 2: Motivation challenge

Here are the rules:

  1. Write about motivation

  2. Write 100% original content

  3. Write at least 600 words

  4. Tag @JonicaBradley

Have fun and thanks for reading.

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Try mo din red bubble and teespring for your art works☺️

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4 months ago

Thanks. Me Redbubble na ako. Pero wala pang kita. Weakness ko ang marketing eh. Pinag aaralan ko pa.

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4 months ago

Heheh, same tayo di ko din nabantayan na...nabusy sa noise at sa life..hehe

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4 months ago

Thanks for this. Yes, we often miss out on the WHYs of the things we strive for. Best to make that a priority when setting goals.

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4 months ago

Waaaahhhhh!! Napakahusay Kuya ArtBytes. 👏 nadala ako sa bawat salitang mga sinambit mo. Isa yang "Do What You Love" sa mga maraming favorite lines ko. Hahaha. Pero tama ka naman na ang pinakaroot ng motivation is the why pwede din who.

Di ako nanotify na nakatag kasi typo sa bbyblacksheep. Hehe.

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4 months ago

Thank you. Hindi ko napansin ang typo. Aayusin ko. Salamat.

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4 months ago

I made an article about it few days ago as I was tagged too heheh! I like zig ziglar's quote, very practical. Im grateful that my passion aside from writing is my work and that is to restore sick patients back to their functional level, it is challenging and rewarding too, here in the Philippines not much in the financial aspect, but seeing them ro be able to walk again and function normally back to the community is a joy to see.

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4 months ago

I'm going to read your work later on this subject. Are you a doctor? You will reap your bountiful rewards soon. I know this because I was raised by a selfless doctor. 😌

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4 months ago

Ay hindi nmn po doctor heheh! Physical Therapist po ako.. Hats off to the doctor who raised you he did a great job!

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4 months ago

Thanks. Ah, I see...
PT pala kayo... The unsung heroes of the medical field. Kayo yung tumutulong sa mga tao para maka fully recover mula sa pagkakasakit.

I will make a post about that doctor soon. :)

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