Motivation is Overrated — The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden
About The Motivation Myth
Jeff Haden’s premise in The Motivation Myth (affiliate link) is that most people don’t know what motivation really is or how to get it. In this book, he lays out the myths surrounding motivation, and helps readers discover what truly causes and maintains the motivation they need to succeed in their accomplishments.
The Motivation Myth doesn’t entirely stick to the topic of motivation, per se. He goes into detail about how to improve relationships, and hitting fitness goals, which may not be exactly what you expected. But all of it is useful information. Haden uses examples from his own life and stories from others to illustrate and inspire readers to create their own motivation — and their own success.
INTRODUCTION: YOU CAN DO — AND BE — SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU THINK
Haden begins his book with the statement that motivation is NOT the prerequisite to a “starting a tedious learning process,” but, rather, the RESULT. It is:
“the fire that starts burning after you manually, painfully, coax it into existence, and it feeds on the satisfaction of seeing yourself make progress.”
How Successful People Approach Motivation
The gene cards we are dealt are just a starting point; every successful person I know started on the downside of advantage.
There is only one recipe for gaining motivation: success.
- The key: Enjoy your small, seemingly minor successes
- Success is repeatable and predictable. It’s about doing the right things diligently, the right way, over and over.
- When you consistently do the right things, success is predictable/inevitable.
The Relationship Between Happiness and Success
Allow yourself to enjoy the daily dose of fulfillment that comes from the process. Achieving even…