October 9; What Is The Root Cause of Your Motivation? MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK: 365 Daily Bible Verse & One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful
Chapter Ten: Deciding 9 October
For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and
|What Is The Root Cause of Your Motivation?|
The job applicant was over qualified. He was exactly what our team needed. He was living in boisterous New York City, but was now sitting in a job interview with me in quiet Richmond, Virginia. He was applying for a state government job with a four-year term. We would be lucky to get him.
He was an outstanding match to the job description. His experience fits our needs. He loved our work and the team loved him. It would be a win-win and all that. He was perfect. But.
But something was not adding up…
Why should I trust you? Why do you want this job? Why should I do business with you? It is not enough to tell me how fabulous you are or how fab your product is. I want to know why you are driven. There is always a root cause; a reason why. Find it in yourself and tell me.
What is ‘inside’ that works to help those ‘outside?’ Why do you work? Don’t tell me that you “love people.” My dog loves people. Give me the reason.
Author Simon Sinek gets us thinking on “The Why” people and organizations do what they do.
Let us look deeper to other possible origins. The reasoning of why we are motivated can be explained through,
- Young memory
- Mentor’s guidance
Trauma. We recognize and remember pain. We avoid it for ourselves and should help others avoid similar agonies. Your Business Professor has committed countless errors and this propels me to help others avoid such misery. It is an attempt to salvage some good for others from ‘my bad’ as the young might say.
Young Memory. Picture the momma duck with her baby ducklings following behind her. She’s bigger, more experienced and wants to protect her young. Our word picture of our deepest motivation provides the compelling reason we do what we do. “Follow your passion?” Sure. But tell me why.
“My daddy always said…” “I was there…” is a good way to explain why you are so inclined. It is easy to understand motivation when a person points to childhood experience and its accountability throughout life. Imprinting can be understood just as a duckling will follow his larger mother for food and safety.
Mentor’s Guidance. Finally, personal motivation can be revealed by referring to following a mentor’s advice. It is cliché to speak of your third grade math teacher who sparked your interest in finance. But it is the believable bridge that moves you and explains your position today.
Colossians 1:16 tells us, For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Why did The Creator, well, create us? For himself; to have us in a relationship.
Got Questions Ministries writes, “God is a creative Being, and it gives Him pleasure to create. God is a personal Being, and it gives Him pleasure to have other beings He can have a genuine relationship with.”
…My gut was bothering me about the perfect job applicant. Something was missing from his curriculum vitae. I needed to know the why of why he was sitting in front of me. I test him on geographic motivation. I asked him, “Why on earth would you leave The Big Apple for the small potatoes of the Confederacy’s Capital?”
The job applicant got still and lowered his eyes. He raised his head and said that both his parents were ill and he needed to be close by with his extended kin and the family’s large land interests. “It was,” he said, “Time to come home…”
Now I knew his why. He was hired and served the organization well. The ‘why’ matters.