Motivation vs. Drive

Here’s a short piece for everyone inspired by the mentality of David Goggins, a retired navy seal who truly understands what it takes to succeed. This post will give you his core idea infused with my own personal opinion, give it a read and see the value it holds.

People are always looking for motivation.

Motivation to go to the gym, motivation to perform better in school/work, motivation to start that company they’ve been thinking about or to dive into investing. They need the motivation to push them to get started, keep going, and eventually succeed.

The issue with this mindset is that motivation is temporary; it comes and goes as quickly as an ice cream on a warm summer day. Once the motivational spark has left your system, you’ll feel lost, wandering around for the next quick pick-me-up to get you through the days, weeks, or even months.

Whether it be motivational YouTube videos, speeches/podcasts, or Instagram/Twitter pages, you need to understand that motivation comes from an external source–someone else’s perspective. You can take their message and use it to inspire yourself, but unless you adopt a mindset of success the motivation will undoubtedly wear off.

This is where drive comes in.

Drive is a permanent state of mind, the constant desire to better yourself and the things around you, a constant perspective of working towards a goal. Drive is internal. When you’re driven, you don’t need to look around for a boost from a motivational speaker or an online article, you understand what needs to be completed in order to succeed and you waste no time avoiding it.

I say that drive is internal because the ability to be driven is sourced from no one other than yourself. It involves being able to withstand the pressures of life and stay focused during the tough times. To find the drive to succeed you need to understand what you want, who you want to be, and where you currently are. Once you’ve set your eyes on a target, and are truly driven to achieve it, the rest becomes easy.

Maybe you want to set the record for the most push-ups in 20 minutes, maybe you want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 firm, maybe you want to open a hedge fund. Find what it is that you want more than anything else and then find out why, this will equip you with the drive to achieve it.

Don’t use this post as motivation. I’d hope that the idea presented flicks a switch in your mind, making you aware of the realities and giving you a better understanding of what needs to be done. Take the premise and implement it, find your drive and stop wasting time looking for little bits of motivation on your IG feed or in-between the couch cushions.

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