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Want it to Work? You Better do it Your Way

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

When I attended the Alliance Flooring Convention I was struck with a statement made by keynote speaker Dale (“the Murph”) Murphy. Dale was a major league baseball player for 18 years. Dale said there was a time when he was playing so badly that he thought he should quit. It didn’t matter what he did or how much coaching he got, he couldn’t seem to improve. It occurred to him if he quit he knew what would happen; he would never play baseball again. If he stayed, he still had an opportunity, and so he stayed.

I haven’t stopped thinking about his statement; how do we know when to quit? Quitting is the end to whatever we’re doing. In this case quitting meant the end of the pain and it also meant being out of the game. According to Murphy, if success is what you want, quitting is never an option. So Murphy didn’t quit but another person may have quit even if they wanted the game.

Why do some people quit and some stay? It appears that it has to do with motivation.

Some people quit exercising, dieting and their marriages. Others stay around for what’s called “the long haul.” Could it be there are different types of motivation? There are people who listen to motivational speakers, get all reved up and go home and do nothing. There are others who get reved up and go home and do everything. So what’ the difference?

My research leads me to two types of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. . Simply, internal and external motivation. People who have extrinsic motivation need rewards from the outside to stay around. Cheering crowds, big pay checks, constant bonuses and the big hurrahs.

Those with intrinsic motivation are motivated from within. They are motivated by their values and mission and find it difficult to quit. If you are truly living your passion, quitting is not an option.
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