Money Doesn’t Pay for Motivation

What’s your motivation?

According to Forbes, for young pros it’s not money.

“…younger employees do not wish to get paid merely for working hard—just the reverse: they will work hard because they enjoy their environment and the challenges associated with their work…. Executives who embrace this new management style are attracting and retaining better employees,” (Bradt, 2011).

I don’t know about you, but this is really true for me.

I’m motivated to work hard on something when I know others are depending on my work for collective success and when it’s important to my company’s success.  And while more money is always nice, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be excited to go to work every day. There has to be something waiting for you there; a new challenge or opportunity to positively position your company and increase your experience.

However, as young professionals, it’s easy to get sidetracked with a salary when you might have just come from a minimum-wage college job. But it’s important to ask yourself if the money is the only thing motivating you to do your job. If it is, it’s just a matter of time until you feel like you don’t have a purpose or place in your organization.

But how do you tell if money is your only motivation?

One of best ways to figure out what motivates you is to ask yourself, would you volunteer at your current job? If so, why? If you can’t find one good reason to work for free, it’s apparent that money is your only motivator.

So even though money is definitely a part of motivation, it shouldn’t be everything. Find out what makes you go back to work every day and that will help you to discover what’s really important.

What Motivates You?

4 thoughts on “Money Doesn’t Pay for Motivation

  1. Lindsay: When I began my career in the Travel Business, I worked for FREE, because I was so eager to learn everything about the travel industry. Within 1 month I was rewarded with a full time position. I had proven myself worthy and an asset to the company. It served me well, currently I have been in the Travel Industry for 38 years, and have loved every minute of it!

    Great insite, keep writing and inspiring!!!

    1. Thanks for your comment! This is the perfect example of realizing your true motivation to work. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Passion for the work I do and a belief in the mission of the agency I work for. A sense of purpose is huge for me. I would definitely do my job for free because I love what I do. It has never been about the money. In fact, I enjoy my job so much I have no plans to every retire (38 years so far and going strong). Why would you ever want to quit something you love?

    Great advice and perception.

    1. It’s always good to hear when someone enjoys their work. Loving what you do is something that many will never experience, glad you did.

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