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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
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What keeps me going... Aug 24, 2007

... is the fact that I promised to finish the job, no matter how unpleasant it turns out to be.

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 24, 2007

I didn't like legal texts much before, but then I started translating lots of them and I got really interested. So it's more my interest to know more about a subject what makes me continue working on a difficult translation.

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Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
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Love for my profession, learning and responsibility! Aug 24, 2007

To my mind, the difficult and endless projects make my work more rewarding. I love learning new things; I get bored translating on the same topics or articles full of repetitive sentences. The challenge that I face when I have to make a lot of research work is amazing!!!
Apart from that, I have the responsibility to finish my work no matter what: that is one of the main aspects that keep me going.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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$$$$ Aug 24, 2007

Ok, call me a crass capitalist if you want, but I answered “the thought of the money”.

In my defence, I do have to state that I have 3 children. Perhaps if they were to offer to stop eating, my motivation for working would change...


On the other hand, I can honestly say that if I didn’t love translating, I would certainly have found something else to do a long time ago.


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
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Will power Aug 24, 2007

... the slavery of a good track record

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Other Aug 24, 2007

Taking frequent breaks!

Amy


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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

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A mixture of things... Aug 24, 2007

First of all, when I take a job, I have the responsibility of finishing it; then it is the new things I will learn, except when the subject is not sooo interesting. Finally, it is the money; we need it to pay the bills, food, books, material, technology, among other things.

Fernando


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Konstantin Kisin  Identity Verified
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Reputation/money Aug 24, 2007

It's a combination of many things but the primary motivating factors are the money and maintaining my reputation.

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Heidi C  Identity Verified
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Other: several of the above Aug 24, 2007

also, depending on the text.

Always: caffeine and adrenaline.

When the text is awful, boring and badly written in a subject I regret having accepted, the money. (In these cases, I am constantly counting the words and calculating how much money I am making... that is what mostly keeps me going).

In other cases (my favorite), my love for the profession and the challenge.

Also always: the commitment, responsibility, my word and reputation...



[Edited at 2007-08-24 19:29]


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Beatriz Galiano
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The Challenge Aug 24, 2007

When it comes to translating it's the challenge, the need to produce a quality product;as for teaching and interpreting which are more social activities, it has more to do with showing how resourceful and reliable I can be.

By the way, I never mention money coz it's never enough...

[Edited at 2007-08-24 22:07]


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Juan Arturo Carbajal Manjarrez
Mexico
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Several factors. Aug 24, 2007

For me, it's a mixture of several factors: Caffeine (I love coffee), the work itself (when it is interesting; sometimes the document is very poorly written and can be really frustrating and boring), the money ($$$), and the satisfaction that I'm doing something worthwhile.

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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
Germany
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€€€€€ Aug 25, 2007

To make my reputation even worse -so that John can feel better- I get two types of long projects: one I do for money, the other for fame

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xxxIreneN
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€$€$€$€$!!!:-) Aug 25, 2007

In fact, should be "all the money I'll spend shopping":-)

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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
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Caffeine + commitment Aug 25, 2007

Sonja Tomaskovic wrote:

... is the fact that I promised to finish the job, no matter how unpleasant it turns out to be.



I agree with Sonja, this (plus a good dose of caffeine) is what keeps me going. (Then, obviously, the money is a great incentive!!).


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