Keeping on task

People often ask me how I can stay motivated and actually get work done. "I couldn’t possibly work without a boss chasing after me," they say. "I’d be watching movies, shopping, going to restaurants, sleeping in — I’d never work." Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret…

If you stop working and don’t keep on top of timelines, you’re not going to have a means of paying for movies, shopping, meals or the roof over your head. Avoiding that sort of scenario has always been pretty darn motivating for me! I feel much happier when my bank account is flush with cash and I’m making money. It allows me to do all the other things I love to do — like watching movies, shopping, eating, sleeping in, travelling and so on.

Moreover, I was never one of those employees you had to hassle. I’ve always been a self-starter. That’s how you get ahead in the workforce. I put myself through university by working — if I hadn’t worked hard, I wouldn’t have been able to go to school. Again, that’s pretty motivating.

So, if you’re having a hard time staying motivated, think about what motivates you. Why’d you get into this business? What will make you stick it out? For me, the freedom of calling the shots, making money and having work-life balance are all I need right now.

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