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Motivation - Tools Entrepreneurs useViews: 302
May 21, 2008 4:40 am re: Motivation - Tools Entrepreneurs use

Debbie Elicksen
I use everything I have. I'm very fortunate to have up front access professional sports, where I see what goes into creating a career, not just what the fans see for a three-hour game. That alone is part of my motivation. I watch programs, like Biography and such, besides sports, that also inspire. When I hear stories of others who went from the hood to the top, it motivates me.

I continually buy books that motivate me. My most recent purchases were What I Learned from Sam Walton (by Michael Bergdahl) and Playing for Paterno (by Charlie and Tony Pittman.

I go online and look for things to motivate me, including ideas on how to grow my business. Sometimes, I will have lunch with someone. I'm a member of some industry specific groups, to which some of them are very positive.

I'll go shopping and maybe be a good Samaritan, like giving my change to the kid in line behind me so he can buy his chocolate bar.

I don't think you can grab motivation from one area. I'll also take a "squirrel" break and watch the squirrels eat and play in the back yard, and marvel at their acrobatic prowess. I'll go pet the cat, hit (work out, not really hit it) the Nordic Track. You get the picture. It's paying attention to some of the little moments that really motivate. We take way too much for granted and are sometimes too caught up in a problem.

I'm also very fortunate that the client books I work on have also been quite motivating and positive, thus making me feel like I've created the best job on the planet.


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