As I looked a little further into motivation, I came across Greissman’s interviews of highly successful people. He found the following commonalities:
- They love their work.
- They become highly competent in a speciality.
- They commit themselves to their work, giving it their time and even their life.
- They meet most of their needs through work.
- They long for recognition and self-fulfillment.
- They focus on their work to the point that they ‘flow’ with it, loosing themselves in the work.
- They have few regrets.
This is a post-hoc analysis, rather than being proscriptive, but I have to wonder how long it would take you to become highly successful if you were demonstrating these behaviours.
Talent matters… but not as much as determination.
Interesting note on Lincoln… whereas most Presidents since have chosen their supporters to be on their cabinet, Lincoln chose his rivals. Seward became Secretary of State, and had been governor and Senator for New York; Chase later became Treasury Secretary and had been governor of Ohio; Bates became Attorney General and was an accomplished judge. But to do this, he had to keep his ego out of the situations by focusing on the real goals…