I hear of some people being motivated by failure and the will to do better. At least that is a common thread in motivational speaking. I don’t know about those people. I’m not sure I can relate. I am motivated by success and the will to be even more successful. Perhaps this is a trivial difference, but he effect that it had on me is this. I would do various activities for work and enjoyment in the normal fashion, just like anyone else. Then, on rare occasions, when I would start to get near the top at something, I became hyper motivated to pour it on and see how far I can go. ‘I’ve done all this work to get where I am’ I would think, ‘let’s not waste it, see what you can do’.
This flavor of motivation can work. I did reach reasonably near the top at a few activities in my life. The downside is that it tends to make you into a specialist. You tend to train your strengths instead of your weaknesses. It is fun though and I have no regrets.
So far, I have felt fairly successful inventing and devising new, clever strategies to stay independent and reasonably (relative term) good at things. A worry that has crossed my mind is that I am getting to a pretty low level of physical strength and I might be running out of tricks. How will I be able to retain that feeling of successfulness that motivates me. So far so good, much of the time. My wife, friends and family are becoming a bigger and bigger part of my bag of tricks. I know that sounds silly.