What motivates you? I am not going to say that money is not a powerful motivator, but the more I have been around successful businessmen and women who have developed wealth and/or happiness, I have found that money usually is not the prime motivator. Don't get me wrong, money is important. It would be hard to survive in our society without it, but the prime motivation for most truly successful people is not money or what it can buy. Money is an important score card for business. Not making a profit in your business will put you out of business, and making money providing a contribution to mankind is a good thing. When I use the word contribution, I consider the oil company that provides me the gas at the gas pump to be as important as the hospital that provides medical service or the non profit that provides a charitable service. Many fortunes in the United States are made by coming up with a better way of doing things (ie Microsoft, Walmart, Google, Facebook etc.). What I am getting at is that once ones basic needs are taken care of there are a lot of other motivators than money that drives people to success:
I am writing this article for two reasons. First of all I think business in general in our society gets a bad wrap in the public discussion. A myth permeates our society that strong government control over a free market place is necessary because the predominate driving force in the marketplace is greed, when in fact for most businessmen it is quite the opposite. For every Bernie Madoff out there, there are thousands of honest business men and women, who make positive contributions to society. Second... getting back to my main point. Have you found what motivates you? Are you excited to get up each day? For a lot of us that are making mid life career changes, there is an opportunity to reevaluate where we spend most of our time and start doing what we really want to do.