I recently had a discussion with a close friend of mine. He was just hired for the first time by someone and I have yet to get in the industry. We were talking about what motivates us and why our determination is unscathed. We had a lot of the same reasons and we both wondered what motivated people to get in....
This isn't about your first beginnings of how many reach arounds you had to give out and how hard you worked. This is about what drove you to do all those things. Everyone started somewhere obviously, but why did you want to make it so bad you could taste it!?! What have you, no holds bar here... the drugs, the lifestyle, the bitches and the ho's or absence thereof, the sheer fun of doing it or just to have the bragging rights.... but why did you want it that bad? I know there's probably been similar threads like this before, so excuse my ignorance.
So I hope this discussion goes between two groups:
- Those trying to get in the industry: what is your motivation to get in.
- Those in the industry: what motivated you to get in the industry and what motivates you on a daily basis.
For me... my motivation is a few things. The biggest one is my wife and baby in the oven. We're expecting our first child soon and I want nothing more than to be able to provide for both of them. I want to be able to allow my wife to spend as much time as possible with our son and not have to be nailed down to a 40+ hr/wk job. I'm not saying I am expecting to be paid lots'a benjamins by any means. We live modestly and have no desire to ever live beyond our means or lavishly in any way. I also am motivated by my current job that is in a completely uncreative environment. Mostly I work on logistics and sales with some 3D designs, but there's no creativity at all and it is not something I enjoy (the sales and logistics part of it). It sounds juvenille, but I didn't go to school for four years to end up where I am, and it is not what I originally signed up for, it just evolved into this sorta thing. So even if it was someplace that was not allowed a lot of creative leway, anything remotely creative would benefit me on a daily basis. Knowing I was doing something I enjoyed, which would ultimately help my well being and that of my wife and child. I also have to travel for extended periods at a time where I work now, which is not what I want to do with a kid on the way either. Long hours are one thing, but being away from those you care about who are also your support group can really bring ya down. A job is a job and you have to be there day in and day out. I work with people that are passionate about what they do, and my motivation is to be somewhere where I can be just as passionate about my job because it something I love to do with every ounce of me.
So what motivates/motivated you guys to get where you are or where you want to be?