I’m committed to the idea of intrinsic motivation. In fact, I've been fighting for this idea my entire adult life.
This concept is all about being internally motivated. Intrinsic motivation is doing something because you have a personal interest in learning and enjoyment in the subject itself.
Happiness counselor and friend Wes Bertrand, who researched it extensively and posted his findings in his MA thesis called Learner Driven Education, defines it as an interest and desire in learning, which leads to more effective learning.
Intrinsic motivation is the rocket fuel behind your Single Motivating Purpose and why you desire to strike out on your own and create a purpose-driven internet business.
Intrinsic motivation is at the core of why we desire freedom so much. Freedom is about the ability to choose what you do with your time, your body, and the results of those actions including financial gain.
On the other hand, focusing on money is an Extrinsic Motivation, like grades were in school.
I believe, and have seen over and over, that in order to have long term success and fulfillment, your business and pursuits must come from an internal, not an external, place.
Are you Intrinsically Motivated?
Being intrinsically motivated to have your own purpose-based internet business means that you have a desire to create value for others that comes from the core of who you are.
Here are a few ways you can tell that starting a purpose-based business is an intrinsic pursuit:
- No matter how many fears and extrinsic challenges are in the way of finding an audience and getting started, you still have the desire or spark to do it.
- You want to make an impact on the world, or at least a group of people in a market you are passionate about.
- You listen to and read just about everything you have time for in the area of starting an internet business; you just cannot get enough.
- You have a deep desire to live your life on your terms.
- You’re tired of your boss or just the idea of having ANY boss.
- You want your productivity (work) to matter to you.
I could list even more reasons, but really it boils down to understanding that if you have the desire to help the world with your own internet business, you have it in you to succeed.
Simple as that.
That desire is why you MUST get paid to live your purpose!
Dedication to Intrinsic Motivation
As I said before, I’m personally dedicated to helping people I care about live an intrinsically motivated life, and part of putting my money where my mouth is includes (1) my commitment to making Internet Business Mastery my sole business passion and (2) taking my kids out of public school in order to experience an education aligned with their own interests (just to name a couple).
A Personal Example of Extrinsic Motivation
Public school is largely extrinsically motivated. You are trying to prove to others you know something that you may, or most likely may NOT want to know in the first place, all for a grade someone else gives you and finally a piece of paper saying to did certain things that others told you to do.
I spent 4 months in a Utah History class in Jr. High School, which was a fantastic example of extrinsic motivation. I had no desire to learn how the Mormon pioneers settled in Utah and how their culture shaped the design and growth of that fair state. As is the case with all "schooling," no one asked me if I had a desire to learn this subject. I would have never chosen the class from an intrinsically motivated standpoint; it was just required for me to get to the next grade.
Anyways, back to the proof of my personal dedication.
I pulled my kids out of public school and put them into the type of school I wished I could have gone to . In fact, when I describe the school to others, they wish the same for themselves.
There are many things I like about the school, but the biggest thing is that the kids design the curriculum. The kids have a desire or passion and the teachers design a class around it. My 13 year old wanted to learn about architecture and they created a math class all about architecture.
When they need to do a science class they go to a forge and learn how to make swords. Not only did they learn all the scientific principles that go into blacksmithing, they actually MADE SWORDS.
Another science class included them driving up to a high-tech lab at the local university, where they got a class in cutting-edge nanotechnology that is the future of healthcare and anti-aging from the actual scientists.
The kids wanted to take Spanish so one of the classes involved going to Panama and learning Spanish from a local teacher. Yep, they flew to Panama and spent 3 weeks discovering the culture, history, and the Spanish language - all because the kids wanted to.
A Business Example of Intrinsic Motivation
For many “gurus”, teaching internet business and marketing is a passing fad. They come into the market to make a bunch of money and then they split. Some realize it’s far more of a challenge to make that money and they “retire” as soon as possible.
Jason and I realized this business perfectly fits the Single Motivating Purpose for each of us. This isn’t just about making money; if that were my only goal, I’d sell diet pills, iphone apps, or promote dating sites. For us, it’s about fulfilling our SMP while helping others create freedom, fulfillment, and happiness with their own internet business. That is why we are still going 7+ years later.
Gurus have come and gone. Many more have been pouring into the market to shine bright, make lots of money, and then “retire” because, for them, this business is not about passion or purpose, but instead about making money.
I've watched it all happen, over and over, and I’m still here.
In fact, Jason and I are just getting started.
I wake up every day with more ideas on how to help inspire others to start their purpose-driven business.
It’s not only exciting and fun, it also comes from a place of Intrinsic Motivation.
Dedication to Intrinsic Motivation:
Intrinsic motivation seems like an obvious concept that has largely been ripped out of most of our lives, but now you have the chance to take that concept and incorporate it back into your life.
My life now is very much like my kids' school. I follow my passions, and I am committed to my Single Motivating Purpose—both are from a place of living from intrinsic motivation.
I believe a major key to happiness is exchanging value based on your purpose. In other words, getting paid to live your purpose, so let’s get to it.
- Start thinking about and focusing on your internal interests. If you have your SMP, find ways to take action to achieving it every day. If you don’t have your SMP, please listen to our Single Motivating Purpose episode to get started in figuring out what it is.
- Decide, right now, that you are going to get paid to live your purpose. The fact that you have the desire means you can do it, deciding to get paid to live your purpose means you are committing to taking action towards doing it!
- Make a plan. If you don’t know how, find someone who does, exchange value, and follow their plan. If you are ready to find and build a purpose-driven internet business, you can check out Internet Business Mastery Academy.
- Take bold action. In fact, why not start right now?
I’m going to say it again: If you have the desire to start a purpose-based internet business, do it because it's within you. If you have that desire, you cannot fail as long as you dedicate your life to fulfilling your intrinsic motivation.
Here’s a question for you: what aspects of your life are currently being lived by intrinsic motivation? Please let me know in the comments below!