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What is the Motivating Factor Behind Every Successful Person

Updated on December 16, 2016
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I'm an inspirational writer working in interior design, planning commercial offices where I found my niche, but with a passion for writing.

What is the motivating force behind every successful person? It is what your soul craves when you are standing at the curbside of your life.

Motivation is defined as the reasons behind a given act, or through an incentive to do something differently. It is a psychological factor with emotional, cognitive, and social behaviors that forces a person to act a certain way.

More than a passion

It is more than just having a desire and a passion to be successful.

The drive may be there but do you having the staying power to hang tough?

When the road gets rough, how do you sustain yourself to stay afloat?

Most people will give up. When the risks are too high, many people will reevaluate their decisions. Some may make excuses while others choose to walk away.

What is common in every successful person?

It is when the failures are higher than the successes and when the rough waters are pouncing in the boat that true performers will rise to the challenge to obtain their dreams and visions. Being vulnerable and allowing the possibilities to remain in confidence when the goals appear to be unattainable creates a force to reckon with.

Look at the successful people today. Did they walk away in fear when things got tough? Did they choose different methods when things didn't work out the way they planned? Many will tell you that hard work pays off but determination pays the bills.

The key to success in any field, whether it is business or personal, is the drive. The road to success motivates a person to achieve his personal best. What makes someone successful when others fail? What motivational factor is common behind every successful person?

The motivation behind every business decision is to succeed. However you cannot succeed without trying and testing. Look at the clinical trials for example. The way they work is by testing results. Candidates are willing to experiment with the latest treatments to see how well they work. These patients are willing because they want to be healed. In suffering, they are willing to find a cure.

Think back to all the times you were successful. How did you get there? What did you do and how was it done differently than someone else?

With trust, in faith, by determination and belief, there is a way to reach your goals. It is waiting for you take it.

Ask yourself, what desires do you choose when everyone is telling you what you should do?

And what becomes of your destiny when you use up every excuse?

Many times it takes a big kick, a fall down, a pit of despair before we rise up to grab our dreams. It is with this kind of motivation that we find our way back home.

When we give up our dreams, we give up our future. When we give up on love, we give up on life. When we give up on success, we give up our failures.

Will finding happiness be the true source of contentment? Will it determine your success? Success is life calculations coupled with the decisions you make.

In your search for meaning, you find truth. In the pursuit of happiness, you find meaning, and in the drive to succeed you will find a motivating passion. The forces that point you toward success are the same ones which hold your dreams. These factors are reconciled in every waking moment through your dreams.

A successful person will not accept no for an answer. They look at closed doors as open window opportunities. They choose risk over tolerance and their drive to achieve moves the mountains of their life.

Captured peaks of success are demonstrated all throughout life.

Managers and leaders want their employees to reach their full potential. Job performance is ranked by employee evaluations and performance reviews to determine your level of success at your place of employment.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." – Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

What does your soul crave?

Living each day in earnest tribulation the stepping stones of success lead to the milestones of achievement.

Greater rewards are found at the end of the road when all the accomplishments have been challenged by the storms in life.

Take a look at the following short list of activities. Take a personal inventory.

  1. Find the category that you can identify with.
  2. Recognize your gifts within each category.
  3. What can you offer others?
  4. Do you have what it takes to succeed?

And, most importantly do you have the passion, the drive, to see it come to pass?

Identify your Motivation by Taking a Personal Inventory

Identify Yourself - Are You? 
Do you? 
Rank which of these is most important to you 
An Observer 
Evaluate, analyze and study to problem solve. 
A Fixer 
Build, repair and construct things. 
A Producer 
Calculate, comply, and follow-through on assignments. 
A Leader
Influence, manage, and persuade others. 
A Supporter
Enlighten, teach, and help others. 
An Innovator
Create, explore, and use intuition in situations. 

What is your influence?

Understanding these roles sustain your motivation to succeed. As with everything else, the passion, the drive, has to be present and you must love what you do.

By identifying which category is closely related to your skills and what you rank as most important, your motivation may be realized.

Abraham Maslow's theory on hierarchy of needs was based on his work of studying people like Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, and the like. Recognizing a pyramid of factors that one develops in which to motivate.

These motivating factors identified the basic needs of humans to reach self-actualization.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


Considering all of these factors along with the personal inventory, each person will be motivated differently.

Everyone is at a different stage in life. Some have had successful careers, great relationships and a very good income. Does your motivation rely on being like someone else?

“Free yourself from comparison. Just because someone has fancy sneakers doesn't mean they can run faster.”~ Jon Bon Jovi

God has a plan for each of us and is well planned out before we ever see it come to pass.

The blueprint of our lives has been designed by the Great Designer. God wants the best for us and He desires for us to succeed. His works never fail.

In order to live by faith, we do our part and leave the rest to Him to work all things out.

Things may not go as planned. It takes a lot of courage, determination and honesty to alter oneself. We make sacrifices in life. What are you willing to give up?

Motivation and diversity delivers expected changes and continues on towards a mutual awareness.

In the search for success, the motivating factor behind finding success is in capturing faith first to catch the belief, creating a passion by loving what you do, and then driving that vision to make it your life song.

The motivating factor behind every successful person can be envisioned. A mental picture of success is recognized through this vision then developed with a drive. They risk, they challenge, they test and develop. Their motivation is to succeed and they have a heart to accomplish the task. 


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      6 years ago

      Very nice article.

    • savvydating profile image


      7 years ago

      The tricky part is figuring out what we love. They key to staying motivated is pinpointing our passions. After that, it behooves us to give up. Your post is fabulous!

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks drspaniel. Appreciate your encouraging words. Thanks for commenting.

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      7 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Fantastic information which is truly inspiring! Thank you! Also the table helped separate the several identities of people!

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch. I appreciate you sharing your comments here. Thanks for the vote up and encouragement.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Well written and concise. You have included a load of useful information. The graph helped to pinpoint where I stand. You need tha burning desire dowwp inside you that will not let you give up. Great hub. Rated up and useful.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Almasi for your kind encouraging words, appreciate it.

    • almasi profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for an excellent hub.

      "Hard work pays off but determination pays the bills." I will keep this sentence in mind when the going gets tough.

      Thanks once again.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comments.

      Tamarajo, thanks I'm glad this was helpful. Appreciate your encouraging words.

      Simone, thanks I appreciate your comments. A little motivation goes a long way.

      Fossillady, thanks I'm glad you were encouraged by this article.

      I felt this article was needed about now.. We all need a little boost of encouragement and some motivation to keep our dreams alive. Thanks all for sharing your thoughts. You are inspiring me and motivating me as well.

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      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Boy I can't tell you how I needed this pep talk...Excellent article and the video was the icing on the cake!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      This is such an informational overview, FaithDream- very useful for those seeking that extra little bump in life to get them going! Great Hub :D

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      A useful article. I enjoyed the graph and was able to identify quickly which one I was.

      Agreed faith and vision are essential.

      blessed read.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Tony, appreciate your thoughts and comments. I liked that video too. What a way to put everything into perspective.

      Thanks Spirit, appreciate your encouragement and words of thought.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Great hub with lots of practical advice and sound information to back up your views. Well done.

    • Tony L Smith profile image

      Tony L Smith 

      7 years ago from Macon

      Great Hub Faithdream, well done, and your right, there's got to be an internal fire to keep the moter running, and ther has got to be a desired outcome, or purpose. Enjoyed the short video too


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