Determination more than motivation gives you the drive to succeed

To wish is to obtain.  To seek is to realize.
To wish is to obtain. To seek is to realize.

Wendy makes the most delicious and mouth-watering cakes I have ever eaten. Anyone who tastes her cakes is bound to become a repeat customer. The only problem back then was convincing her to supply a cake, because she was seldom in the mood. She only baked when she was in the mood—or what she would term as being motivated. For her, baking and selling cakes was a ‘by-the-way thing’ and she never hesitated to turn down orders—even big orders for baking wedding cakes.

One day Wendy found herself in a huge debt, forcing her to scavenge for money in order to make ends meet, and suddenly she became very committed to her cake business. She called up all her friends and relatives to remind them of their upcoming birthdays, so that she could sell cakes to them. She even went a step further to register and brand her business. This was the same person who just a few months earlier, although very talented in baking cakes, had to be begged by clients to take orders.

Six months down the line, Wendy is no longer baking from her house, but has opened a cake shop within the estate that is doing very well.

I asked Wendy what had brought about the sudden change of heart from baking cakes as a ‘by-the-way thing’, to turning things around to start a cake business that was doing so well in just six months. Her response surprised me, because I realized that this is where the key to success is found. Determination.

In my views, both motivation and determination play an important role in life for you to succeed. However, it is determination more than motivation that gives you the extra push to succeed. Motivation vs. determination:

  • Motivation alone is not enough to make you succeed. This is because there are days when you feel motivated to do something, and other days when you do not feel motivated at all. This is just how life is.
  • On the other hand, if you are determined to do something, it means that you will not give up—whether you are in the mood or not. If you are determined to do something, no matter how hard things get, or how badly you want to just give up, you will keep going because it is what gives you the drive to succeed.

Yes, with determination you can do anything you set your heart to do.

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