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Poll: What motivates you the most?
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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Other. Apr 24

Other

Like interest in the job in hand, giving my clients what they want, and knowing that after half a lifetime of tedious jobs, I have finally landed in the right place.
Learning something new, finding good solutions to the problems that come up, either my own or those suggested by colleagues...

In short, the job itself.

I am a child of welfare states, and money is nice to have, but it does not gnaw at me as it would if I were desperate! That is the way I was brought up, anyway. Do your best, pay your dues, and trust.

My family does not motivate me to work, quite the opposite! Work separates families in my experience.

Faith? Maybe a sense of duty, that when I have promised to do a job, I deliver. In some of my former jobs, it was resignation to my fate, or a sort of bargain - 'Please get me through today and help me to find something better later on, and I will grit my teeth and give it what I can...' But not exactly motivation.

Success and recognition? Pull the other one, it's got bells on! I am far too self-centred, or I wouldn't sit here alone, glad to mind my own business and shut the world out.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Other Apr 24

The feeling that I'm useful and people respect my work enough to pay for it. I get a sense of gratification every time a job comes in. It also gives my life structure, which is important to me. And then there's always the money ....

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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I couldn't say it better! Apr 24

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

The feeling that I'm useful and people respect my work enough to pay for it. I get a sense of gratification every time a job comes in. It also gives my life structure, which is important to me. And then there's always the money ....


 

Kunal Jaidka
India
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English to Panjabi
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What if everything? Apr 24

Yes, everything from the given list motivates me. 😇

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Other Apr 24

Not being independently wealthy, I obviously need money to pay for things like food, shelter, clothing and transport... etc. so that's a no-brainer. However, I don't consider it to be my main motivating force. I have to work to earn the money to pay for all these things, and I just happen to be fortunate enough to be doing something I enjoy and am quite good at. I like being acknowledged and successful in what I do, but I don't think they are the main drivers either.

In fact, I find it very difficult to be able to answer absolutist questions like this. Like "what is your favourite X" or what is "the best" movie you have ever seen/book you have ever read...

As for faith... I set little store in that particular entelechy.


 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other Apr 24

I am motivated by doing a job that I love, where I get the opportunity to learn new things on a regular basis.

 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2008)
English to Italian
Other Apr 24

Bills and other things like food, clothes, rent, stuff for my kids...

I enjoy my work, I love it, yes, sure, at the same time but what really gives you a motivation to start working and smile every morning is: "ok I have bills to pay, so shut up, do not complain and work!"icon_biggrin.gif


 

Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
Canada
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Member (2017)
French to English
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Everything Apr 24

For me, the word " Success" covers everything on the list. It's a warm, comforting word that really motivates and encourages me on this journey.

 

Osama Elalwany  Identity Verified
Egypt
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Member (Feb 2018)
English to Arabic
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Success + other Apr 24

To present a top quality and receive a good feedback.
To do a good job.
To help someone already in need for such help.
Many good things!


 

Egmont Schröder  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2013)
Chinese to German
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Other: Curiosity and freedom Apr 24

I like working with languages, because I get knowledge about many different subjects. As a language service provider, I can specialise in different fields read about a lot of topics. I don't know any work that is nearly so versatile.

The thing that keeps me going as a freelancer is my unpleasant experience as an employee. Maybe there are some good companies out there, but for me it was always a mixture of intrigues and dishonesty which I never want back. I have to say that "freedom" also means "financial freedom", so "money" as an answer is not too wrong, but I definitely don't do this to drive a Ferrari one day.


 

EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Member (2012)
Czech to English
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Noble feelings that I would have joined until recently... Apr 24

...when I inherited a substantial amount of money. I was surprised at how much I become demotivated, I would never have said money was my primary motivation. Now i admit it is, carrying on (for various reasons) is a struggle.

 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
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Muriel put it so well Apr 24

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

The feeling that I'm useful and people respect my work enough to pay for it. I get a sense of gratification every time a job comes in. It also gives my life structure, which is important to me. And then there's always the money ....


Thanks for putting it so succinctly, Muriel.


 

Jasa Pipan
Slovenia
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Family Apr 24

That’s my reply but I should expand on it - I can’t provide for my family if I don’t work, and since both my partner and I are, as someone I know once put it, “employed by ourselves”, he has to work more for each month I don’t pull my weight and vice versa, so yeah, that’s quite a motivation. I like to afford nice things and like the feeling of being aware that what I am capable of doing paid for them.

 

Ricki Farn
Germany
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Member (2005)
English to German
Other - sheer habit Apr 24

I have never not worked, I wouldn't know how to do that.

 
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