What Motivates You in Your job?

What Motivates You in Your job?

Steve Blakeman 05/07/2018 10

Have you ever asked yourself the question about what motivates you in your job? Is it because you love it? Is it just the money? Is it the camaraderie? Is it the great coffee?

As part of the LinkedIn #InItTogether series of articles, I decided to crowdsource some responses from my connections / followers to see why they selected their chosen career / profession to see what really gets them out of bed in the morning.

I asked them a simple question "when it comes to your job what are you in it for?" Some of the answers might amuse you, some of them might surprise you, but all of them will inspire you...

Meagan Chauvin Kohls: "I am in it for... my family"

"I took a substantial pay cut to work in a family friendly office, close to home selling a product/service I truly believe in. For me "InItTogether" means being a mom that works to provide the best life for her family not a working mom that chases the biggest pay check to find self worth. I am at peace with my current work-life balance which means a modest home, prioritising needs over wants, and living within our means to cherish these few school age years my daughters need me most"

Christine Stevens: "I am in it for... dignity and self respect"

"I can't imagine anyone describing what I do as exciting, but it is a necessary function and does ultimately support those who serve others, but I do my job because the idea of being dependent on an institution, government, or another individual for my needs repugnant. Dependency certainly isn't the way to have a fulfilling or free life. I am truly lucky to do something I enjoy (yes, I'm weird), have a great team, a wonderful client, and bosses who believe in me. Ultimately though, I work so that no one else can dictate my life. Although, of course, I'd take winning the lottery and becoming a professional non-worker any day!"

Benjamin Harries - "I'm in it... to win it"

"Every client is involved in a similar game but every challenge is different. If you love sport, then you love advertising. Pick the team, make the game plan and adjust the tactics as the scores come in. At the final whistle, congratulate the right people, analyse the game and look forward to the next match"

Lee Rael: "I'm in it... to make a positive impact on the World"

"I want to go home and feel like I am living my purpose. I'm in it to create beautiful things for my clients and be appreciated for the work we do and be able to give my family a good life. I'm also in it to try have fun along the way"

Rick Vander Horst: "I'm in it for... the people"

"I want to create a long lasting and binding friendships and the enjoyment and challenge of the role. Once one or more of these changes the position becomes a chore. And yes, we are all in it for the cold hard cash but it cannot buy happiness forever. As one of my dearest work colleagues stated “we have become more than brothers” and that says it all to me"

Jessica Harvey: "I'm in it... to give back to others"

"I'm in it to give back to others who may need it... but also to show my children, you can be and do anything you put your mind to"

Kosta Metaxiotis: "I'm in it... to drive change"

"I’m in it to drive self awareness amongst my team that they can ultimately offer far greater value than they may actually be aware of. I’m in it to make positivity louder in the corporate world, driving for long term sustainable growth rather than short term wins. I’m in it to drive positive societal outcomes in conjunction with commercial objectives. I’m in it to treat employees like people & build trust. I’m in it to drive change in corporate culture and blur the lines between functions/departments. I’m in it to facilitate a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose amongst people at work that transfers into their personal lives"

So I suppose there is only one thing left to add.

Why am I in it?

The answer to that is simple.

To be connected to exceptionally smart people like MeaganChristineBenjaminLeeRickJessica and Kosta #InItTogether

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  • David Fowler

    I love my job because I am the master of my own time.

  • Ahmed Zayed

    My motivation to go to work is based on the following factors: Very supportive stuff, free training and support, relaxed and entertaining work environment, great colleagues and a friendly atmosphere.

  • Hrishikesh Patil

    Money motivates me to do my job

  • Natan Santos

    Every time I want to leave my job I remember the badges and perks that I have. I always get something new either a pay rise or more social benefits. It is like the carrot and stick that they used to use with mules.

  • Christopher Sins

    Even though I don't know all the employees since we are a large corporation, I feel like I am helping them to grow. I have seen many people progress. Many don't stay for long, but when they are working I do my best to help them become better.

  • Franc Ansley

    My motivation is to have an income that is still growing when I die. I see a lot of people who had retirement pensions when they retired that seemed good at the time, but now they are not adequate.

  • Jermaine Thomas

    I am working hard to put my youngest through college so he can fulfill his dreams.

  • Michael Bernabo

    As a finance professional, I am never bored because there is always something new to learn.

  • Gaston Aftab

    The satisfaction of knowing that I enjoy being at work because I want to be here and not because I have been convinced to be.

  • Victoria Teichner

    I get to work with some exciting persons, and I genuinely enjoy what I do.

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Steve Blakeman

Business Expert

Steve is Global Media Lead - Nestlé at Mindshare. Prior to this role, he was the Managing Director - Global Accounts for OMD based in London / Paris leading Groupe Renault and CEO for OMD in Asia for 4 years based in Singapore. At OMD, he increased billings by +60% to over US$ 5bn and won 1000+ industry awards including agency network wins at the Cannes Lions (2013) and Festival of Media Asia (2013). He was named by LinkedIn as a 'Top 10 Writer' for 3 consecutive years (15/16/17). His first book 'How to be a Top 10 Writer on LinkedIn' is a Best Seller on Amazon. Steve holds a Bachelor in Psychology from Liverpool University. 

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