Entrepreneurs are unique individuals that see something more in a product or service other than just its basic form. These individuals can see the unique qualities that can be shown to the world or they can create something out of nothing. These people have ideas that make others think, Wow! Although, how do they keep going? How do they find that motivation within themselves to get up every day, work those extremely long hours and strive for that moment of success with their idea? Motivation is crucial to any successful entrepreneur. It is the backbone to their drive and ambition to create an amazing service or product to share with their customers. Although, without the key component, self-motivation, to assist them to make it through and continue with their journey, there would be nothing to show for it.
Self-motivation has to be embedded in their thought process, emotions and actions. An entrepreneur knows what they are working towards daily. They keep the desire going for their idea with self-motivation and discipline. Entrepreneurs know where they want their end goal to be, or at least most of them do. Is this goal that they want to become millionaires or is it that they want to be the boss? Only the entrepreneurs themselves can decide that and strive as hard as they can for it. Entrepreneurs understand that there is no time to sit back and relax. This job will require everything they have, such as time, money, and all their efforts. As Niklas Zennstrom founder of Skype and Kazaa states, “If you want to be an entrepreneur, it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6 pm – last thing at night you will send emails, first thing in the morning you’ll read emails, and you wake up in the middle of the night. But it’s hugely rewarding as you’re fulfilling something for yourself” (Kabbage, paragraph 102). This is an excellent example of the fight within an entrepreneur to keep going no matter how tough things may get throughout their idea’s journey.
An entrepreneur’s motivation is the stronghold that keeps them moving forward and not giving up on their goals. Our brains want us to achieve success, and they also allow negativity with the thoughts of not achieving our goals. As Dustin Wax with Lifehack states in The Science Of Setting Goals “According to research of psychologists, neurologists and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it” (Wax, paragraph 2). This shows that an entrepreneur’s goals are assisting in motivating his or her mind to continue striving toward his or her accomplishments. In conclusion, Motivation is key to making it. As Neil Patel states in his article The 7 Secrets Self-Motivated Entrepreneurs Know, “Self-motivation is one of the underlying forces that distinguish successful entrepreneurs from those who stagger from one neglected startup to another” (paragraph 27).
Dustin Wax, Lifehack website, retrieved on 2/12/17, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/the-science-of-setting-goals.html
Madie Hodges, Kabbage website, retrieved on 2/12/17, https://www.kabbage.com/blog/100-quotes-from-successful-entrepreneurs
Neil Patel, Entrepreneur website, retrieved on 2/12/17, entrepreneur.com/article/251591