Do you ever stop to think about what motivates you in life and your career? Does success mean having fancy cars, elegant homes, designer clothes, and handbags? What happens if you do acquire all of these things, have you actually “made it”? Does chasing paper make us happy in the end? What about the external recognition and status that comes with promotions and financial rewards? This is all great, but you will always want more, and you will never feel satisfied or fulfilled if you chase extrinsic motivations.
Pursuing meaningful success means that you balance both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. It’s important to ask yourself: what drives me intrinsically? Meaning, what fulfills you internally by serving someone other than yourself? Are you enriching the lives of people around you with your gifts?
“Intrinsic motivations are congruent
with your values and are more fulfilling
than extrinsic motivations.” source
If money, power, and physical things motivated me, I wouldn’t feel very excited to work on my business relentlessly every single day. I am fulfilled more by intrinsic motivations: empowering women, teaching others, speaking at universities, and meeting women in real life. These activities fill me up and motivate me when I am feeling down or in a rut. My ability to help over 1,200 women daily brings a meaningful dimension to what I do, and no amount of money could ever create the same amount of value.
Thank you so much, Gum Tree LA for hosting a delicious and intimate brunch for my Style Collective Sisters and me when I was in LA last month. If you are ever visiting or live in the area, please add this cute shop and cafe to your agenda! They seriously have the best avocado toast and the cutest home decor and gifts.