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Only Intrinsic Motivation Lasts

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Only Intrinsic Motivation Lasts
Last week I left my cushy job at Amazon after 8 years. Despite getting rewarded repeatedly with promotions, compensation, recognition, and praise, I wasn't motivated enough to do another year. I spent my entire time in AWS building tools for developers.

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The Motivation Decline

Having a high paying job that is going well and getting better does not mean that you will always be motivated to go to work each morning.

Your motivation can start to decrease despite promotion or big projects.

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Finding New Motivation

Consider these questions: 

  • "What kind of work would you and consider satisfactory if you had to do it until you're 80?"
  • "What would make you feel excited to wake up every day for the next 45 years that could also earn you enough money to cover your expenses?"

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Two types of drivers

  • Extrinsic motivatorsThis is what you do because you have to pay the bills or want to buy a new car. This type of motivation doesn't last. When you hit your goal, you might feel good for a week, but then it wears off quickly.
  • Intrinsic motivatorsThis is what drives you to do things when there isn't a carrot or stick. For instance, hobbies are driven by this. This kind of motivator does no wear off.

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