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What keeps you motivated as you work?

Do you keep your energy high or low, when it comes to working with others are you sometimes depleted?

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Praveenaa’s Answer

Hi Lucas,
Very interesting and good question.

The answer from my point of view is "You won't get bored when you do things that you love"
Somedays it would be bitter but somedays it would be better.
The one thing that always motivate me to work is myself, Winning myself daily gives me an motto to work.
Exploring new ideas and challenging myself to outstand in all the projects keeps me motivated.

Hope you will be rocking , and "All the best" for your everyday steps. Face the challenges with smile and motivated.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. These are very good questions.
Firstly, everyone may have some up and down. Sometimes, we may feel tired, anxiety, desperate, etc.
We make sure to have enough time to rest , relax and exercise. In the daily schedule, we have to assign some time to sleep. Try to do some exercise in the morning. If not, do exercise in other time of the day is also fine.
Have some time for your leisure, e.g. your hobbies, gathering with friends and family, etc.
You do not need to feel up your schedule. Keep some 'Me' time for relax and reflection as well.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Leslie’s Answer

Hi, Lucas.

I stay motivated by revisiting my goals/objectives and writing out my related tasks for the day. It's a reminder of the purpose of my assignments.

I love working with people so I prefer roles that are collaborative and enaging with colleagues of various expertise and backgrounds. I find the environment is supportive especially when there are challenges. Having a mentor, a friend or close colleague offers extra support to discuss work dynamics, assess what you learn from tough encounters, and how to move forward.

Assess the types of environments where you do your best and feel your best. Strive to work in places that align with your happiness. On challenging days, you will find those experiences help you grow rather than deplete you.

Take time for yourself each day. I love mediation which I do every night before bedtime. I also listen to motivating audio books and/or podcasts while commuting or taking a leisure walk. I hydrate regularly, remember to breathe, and integrate some level of fun for laughter each day.

Best wishes, Lucas!






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David’s Answer

That's a great question, Lucas. Collaboration, on one's team or cross-functionally (across different teams), is vital in the corporate workplace. But honestly, sometimes working with other people can drain a person's energy. And that's perfectly okay. The best thing you can do as you settle into a job is figure out how you like to work , figure out what your biggest challenges are, and then start identifying how to balance those things. If you love collaboration, you can find roles that are super collaborative. If you really thrive working solo, you can find roles where you can be a subject matter expert that works independently.

Most jobs fall somewhere in between. It's rare to find a job that is the perfect fit for your style. Just try to answer the question for yourself and then put yourself in the best position to have that workstyle.
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Chris’s Answer

Great Question Lucas!

When it comes to bringing energy to my team on a everyday basis I make it as high and intense as I can. I truly love my job, my team and the customers we serve which makes it all the more easier to bring excitement. There are times where working with some people may be challenging and difficult however I feel if you can find the opportunity to turn this into a positive learning experience for all involved you have a true win situation. What motivates me is my children, my co-workers and customers who put the smile on my face everyday.
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Chirayu’s Answer

Few things that keep me going each day is the ability to learn something new everyday. Setting goals for yourself and then meeting the deadlines are another way to motivate yourself daily. Coming up with creative ideas to improve something, or make something new is also another motivation. Working on projects whether it is alone or with your team and completing them can help motivate everyone.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Lucas
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Tracy’s Answer

Great question Lucas! A few things I can suggest that may help. I think this varies by person and can depend if you are an introvert or extrovert. When I first began my career I was an extrovert but over the years leaning more towards introvert. There are personality tests you can take that will provide this feedback. I had to find ways to recharge after work and on weekends to bring my best self whether that is exercise, spending time in nature, meditation, reading, etc. Secondly, always have a development plan. I spend time each week working on something to improve myself whether that's learning about a new product or service related to my industry or hobbies, honing a skill, or networking with someone either within our outside my company. I find that this helps with motivation and allows time to recharge as well in small increments by focusing on myself. Last I would highly suggest taking the StrengthFinder assessment. I wish I had taken this at the onset of my career as it helps explain why I tend to lean towards certain projects or tasks and work the way I do. It's not that expensive and it will provide your Top 5 strengths, everyone is different and it helps you better understand what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Compare this to your current role and look for job opportunities that align with your strengths or apply your strengths by assisting someone else or another team in your company that is lacking in this area. I'm actually going to have my son take it who just entered college and will hopefully help him find his career path sooner vs. later and to identify something that he is passion about and truly enjoys! Would love to hear back from you if you were able to apply any of the above. Good luck!

Tracy recommends the following next steps:

Personality Profile
Implementing activities to recharge outside of work
Strengths Assessment
Take SF results and apply to current role or seek out new opportunities that better align with strengths
Share journey with someone else :)
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Ebony’s Answer

I love this question and it is extremely important in the current world we live in! It is very easy to get complacent especially if you are in a work from home environment or work in an industry where you are primarily working independently. What keeps me motivated is knowing that what I do has the ability to impact others and their view on the industry, their future goals and aspirations. My "why" is the people I show up for! Just knowing that I can be an inspiration for others to follow my footsteps or even surpass what I've been able to accomplish is my goal everyday. This comes from really enjoying my career. It's not easy to climb a ladder but knowing that each day I take another step towards my goals keeps me going especially when I know I can bring others with me. Showing up and being my best self everyday for myself and those around me is what motivates me.
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Natalie’s Answer

Dear Student, I always remember that I GET to work not I HAVE to work. You have choices and you can look at the glass half full or empty. You have the ability take the bad or embrace the good. I look at work as a blessing ;)
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Bennae’s Answer

What keeps me motivated is family and serving others. I believe that when I help someone become better, we both become better, and I am showing my grandchildren that when they help others, they will feel good about themselves. You can assist people in various ways, sometimes just a smile, helps someone get through the day. Look at your role as an opportunity to serve, it will make a positive impact on you, your peers, your leaders and the business. That will always motivate you to be and do your best, even on days when you don't feel like it/
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Brandy’s Answer

I can only speak for myself and my role but everyday is different. Its rare that I get faced with the same request/ tasks repeatedly. I enjoy the challenge of the job so it does prevent me from being bored but it can deplete my energy some days. I feel that that is normal for most who enjoy there work. You put your all into it day after day because you value your company, your role, your coworkers, etc.
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Wilson’s Answer

What keeps me motivated to work is the technologies I have never heard. Most of what I heard when I work with my teams are technology I never used. We talk about it and it got me interested.
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Dr. Fola’s Answer

What keeps me motivated as I work:
Passion and the impact that the work I do with my team daily has on the stakeholders we support and ultimately, the business.

Do you keep your energy high or low, when it comes to working with others are you sometimes depleted?:
It depends largely on your personality, people you interact/work with, and the environment you operate in. For me, I enjoy working with others and this is very essential for me as a leader in the business. I have a team to manage and stakeholders to support. To be successful in that role, I apply a lot of emotional intelligence to every engagement I have with others. Sometimes, my energy level is high based on the environment and people I am interacting with and at other times, the level is low for the same reason. For example, when I am trying to motivate team members or push a position forward, I show a lot of excitement. On the flip side, if I am dealing with difficult/challenging situations, I show a lot of restrain and empathy.

Dr. Fola recommends the following next steps:

Know yourself and the people you work with
Read up on emotional intelligence
Be open minded always
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Aaron’s Answer

Great question!

I'm a mechanical engineer who works in personal safety(designing firefighting equipment). I stay motivated by keeping my eye on the overall benefit of my work to the world. It's very easy to get lost in the day to day irritations of work, but if I start to feel frustrated or unmotivated, I take a step back and remember WHY I do what I do.

I've worked in sectors that aren't as rewarding and it simply wasn't enough to keep me motivated and fulfilled. I've groomed my career into something that's meaningful to me. This is one of the first pieces of advice I give when people ask about career choices. Do something that is meaningful to you and that will make you happy. From meaning and passion will come motivation.
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