How to Find Your Driving Force?

November 1, 2006

Well, I mentioned in my last post that different people have definitions of success. So once you have identified your own definition of success, the next natural step is to work towards it.

But why is it that so few people ever manage to achieve their goals and dreams? I’m sure all of us have dreams. Haven’t you had these thoughts surface in your mind ‘If only I could…’ and ‘How I wish….’ We dream and aspire to do something or to be like someone everyday.

So what is stopping you from achieving what you’ve always dreamt of? What separates those who have managed to achieve what you wanted and yourself?

Well I may be wrong, but it’s probably because those people bothered to take action. Procrastination is the number one obstacle we must overcome if we are serious about achieving success. So why do people procrastinate if they know its hindering their success?

Simple: Because your driving factor is not strong enough! So what’s a driving factor? It is simply a reason which drives you automatically to achieve whatever you want to achieve. It is the driving force which acts as a motivation tool. It is something which I feel is severely lacking in many people.

So what is my driving force to achieve wealth and success? If you’ve read my book, you’ll know it’s from the fact that I want my parents to retire as soon as possible. As I did not come from a well-to-do family, my parents are still working very hard at this time. Thus, I told myself I cannot sit back and just watch them work so hard. Every morning, I wake up and ask myself this question, ‘How long more do you intend to let your parents continue working?’

I found out that really drives me to achieve wealth. As I now know that every minute I procrastinate, I’m effectively delaying the time they can retire. You see, I did some simple calculations. If I were to wait till I graduate and find a job like most people do, they probably have to wait for at least 10 years before they can retire.

Why is that so? Because lets say I graduate 2 years later and manage to find an average paying job of $2000 salary. Take away the CPF, I should be able to take home $1600. As I still have to finance my laptop and tuition loan, I should have around $1000 left. Minus away my expenses, I can possibly have around $500 left. So of course, I want to save up for a car or other luxuries, so I’m left with $200 left to present to my parents.

Yes, that’s right. Just $200! So I wondered to myself, if this were to happen, when will they ever get a chance to retire? And I have plans to buy a car after graduation. Even a house. How are all these ever going to be realized if I were to graduate and get a job and rely it as my only source of income?

Hence, whenever the thought of my parents having to suffer as a result of my procrastination surfaces, that really drove me to seek resources on self- improvement and methods on wealth creation.

So, what is your driving force? Do you even have one in the first place? Without first establishing one for yourself, you are going to find it really difficult to motivate yourself when the going gets tough. We’re bound to face obstacles and failures in your quest for success. Without a strong driving force, we’ll never have the will and determination to push forward when we encounter failures.

Hence, ask yourself what is the one thing which really drives you to achieve your dreams and goals. Write it down, and use it as a reminder everyday and I’m sure you will be on your way to success.


One Response to “How to Find Your Driving Force?”

  1. Find Your Why And Help Raise $1 Million For Charity! at The Insights Of Calvin Woon on July 1st, 2007 6:48 pm

    [...] By finding out his W-H-Y! And what is finding out your why all about? It’s what we commonly term as your ‘driving factor’. I blogged about it previously and you can read it here. [...]

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