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Getting motivation right
November 19, 2012

Six Rules for a Rewarding career by Eric Barker in The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

  1. Don’t plan
  2. Thinks strengths not weaknesses
  3. It’s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint

We have reached number four on this commentary of these six rules. This is the first where I would say that our friend Eric Barker is not quite getting to the heart of things.

The reason for this is that there is no reference to what may drive our persistence. Why are we persistent in some endeavours but not others? The answer is that we have the motivation, which is the cultivation of the emotion of the reward – as long as there is some talent in the first place.

Motivation is about establishing an emotionally compelling vision. We need a direction and a goal that inspires us and the energy that takes us there. And how can the exercising and development of our talent inspire us further?

So persistence requires cultivation – the use of our imagination and the focus on compelling positive feelings. Even to be addicted a little maybe?

best wishes

Andrew Richardson
Feelbetter Counselling East London

94 Malford Grove, London E18 2DQ

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