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Forum topic by longgone posted 10-08-2009 12:13 AM 1866 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2009 12:13 AM

Where does Passion and Motivation in life come from?
I have friends that are very motivated and passionate about their jobs, hobbies, families and just about any thing they do in life. Life is always good and it shows.
On the other side of the spectrum, I know people that work a job they hate but do it to pay the bills. These people have no passion or motivation for any hobbies or interests and their main way of spending time after working is watching TV.
I have friends, some that I have known since childhood, that fit into both categories and some that fit somewhere in the middle. Most positive and negative categories of motivation have been with them all of their life.
Where does Your Passion and Motivation in life come from?

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 12:31 AM

well i can see your point…i graduated high school 3 yrs ago and i see where all my friends went..for me i love my job. im a carpenter by day and a woodworker by night and a father and a husband 24/7. I have a strong passion for my job and I love starting a new day to work with the tools. The way I see it, parties, alcohol, and drugs make your life miserable. I smoked the wacky in high school but halfway through it i realized it was bringing me nowhere and i was getting nothing but a stupid buzz from it so why waste my time and money with it when i could be doing something better. So I go into woodworking and built my portfolio that got me where i am today. As for my friends, when i look at them, theres the ones who partied hardy and the ones who partied hardly. The ones who always went out got wasted and didn’t give a dam are still at home doin the same thing working miserably at some dead end job or not working at all. And for the friends who took care of themselves are in school or done school, proudly working their career, and most on their own already. So thats how I see it and where it all begins.

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 12:34 AM

Never thought about where it comes from. I am passionate about quite a few things. I guess the passion is proportionate with how much I care about any given concept.
Motivation? Get on with it, get it done, do it right.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 12:42 AM

My situation is that I love the work I do and am thankful that it keeps me on the road. I absolutely hate the company I work for, but love the customers I work for! Make any since? I have always been a mechanic, and all I have ever wanted to be is a mechanic. I don’t care what I work on as long as I am fixing or building something. I used to build street rod as a hobby, sold my last one unexpectedly, went into HD for some bolts one day and they were demonstrating a Ridgid wood lathe. Never thought of another hot rod, garaged turned itself into a woodshop. LOL Same hobby, design and build, just a different medium to work with.

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#4 posted 10-08-2009 12:48 AM

lol…thats funny….how does a mechanic turn an auto shop into a wood shop?

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#5 posted 10-08-2009 01:37 AM

My passion comes from my family, my 2 beautiful daughters and my amazing wife. If I want my children to be all they can be, to reach for the stars, to excell beyong their wildest dreams then I must be willing to do the same thing.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 01:48 AM

My mother told me once that if I never taught my children anything else i had shown them by example, how to work hard.
I am inspired by many and motivated by a few.
I am passionate about Wood. Simple as that.. I just love to see the bit of old rough stock turn into something useful and hopefully aesthetically pleasing… use my mind to see it and then my hands to make it.
If you have no passion you may as well be dead.
I get some inspiration here and there but mainly here at LJs.
I hope that in some small way I too am an inspiration to others.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 02:02 AM

i simply forgot to say my passion and motivation…passion being wood and working with it..i look at it like its clay and you can mould it into anything you can think of…its relaxing and gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. my motivation? my mind. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas and designs even to the littlest details that i have to put on paper and bring to life. If i don’t i think my head wouldve exploded yrs ago.

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 02:06 AM

I have so many passions, and it’s always been that way. Some pathways that started out as passions have faded away and led me to change careers and discover new passions. Some hobbies that used to take up all my time have become sidebars and now trying to make things out of wood is what I am really interested in doing on the side. I think the thing that keeps me passionate about anything is the learning curve – as long as it’s there and being fueled… I’m in.

Motivation comes from within, and is helped by the encouragement of others. This site is a great motivation. When I look at the great things that are done, I want to try. I yearn to be as good – but I am also a realist and make it a learning experience.

Then there are days when I am so tired from work that I have zero motivation and want to sit like a bump on a lot watching TV… except I cut TV a few years back. So, I select a movie or a game instead. Even when you get into a career that you enjoy…. there are plenty of things you have to do which suck the motivation out of you. Hopefully, the passion brings you back.

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#9 posted 10-08-2009 02:23 AM

Passion and motivation is most certainly a strange topic to understand. My brother, who is 3 years younger than me has been passionate about electromics since he was 6 or 7 years old. I can remember him going around the neighborhood with his little red wagon and picking up old radios and TV’s etc. that someone had thrown away. He was fascinated with the tubes and transistors and other electrical gizmos that made these things up back in the 50’s. He has always worked with electronics and computers and has spent untold hours continually learning and improving his skills.
My son who is 27 has always had the same passion with computers and motivated himself to become successful in the computer anamation field in Los Angeles..
I have a hard time remembering which mouse button to push on my computer. All i need is 2 fingers to type… and have just about given up on trying to figure out sketch-up for designing. For me, I have to be able to put my hands on what I work with and touch it and view it.

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