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The Motivation and Success Thread

Postby Herschie » January 7th, 2019, 6:14 pm

Ok, let's face it, video games are not the most productive way to spend your time, at least for the most part. That's why I set up my office in the basement instead of next to my game room, because I actually want to start my own business. I'm actually looking into the wastepaper basket and see two sandwich bags with traces of weed in them. That's sort of symbolic as in that sort of lifestyle is over, and now is the time to get things done. Today I got some things done around the house, worked out, and did some research on starting said business.

I actually love hearing success stories because I genuinely get happy for others, and I draw inspiration from them. And so I start this thread. I'd love to hear it, whether you aced a tough class, picked up a really cute girl, hit your fitness goal, whatever it may be. How did it happen? What were some of your challenges? What about it made you feel so good afterward? All I ask is that it not be about video games.

The opposite is also true, in that I get demotivated when I see others fail. I remember when I was 17, there was this club called "Zero Gravity". Perhaps some of you grew up around Chicago and would know what I'm talking about. I remember upon pulling in, I saw the most gorgeous girl I had ever seen in my entire life. And this was just in the parking lot! Trust me when I say, it was no different when I got inside. But I wanted to talk to these girls.

Unfortunately I wasn't exactly Mr. Confidence at age 17, and I would watch other guys try and get shot down. While my friends would chuckle at their misfortune, I actually lost confidence over it. If they're not having much success, then this must be really hard. Though I would have some great success at that club, on that night I was too petrified to even think about approaching a girl.

However, I do have a success story. At a previous sales job, they'd send out this spreadsheet about how we're doing in regards to percent-to-goal. Through something beyond my control, I'd constantly be on the bottom, at 72%, 76%, 68%. Oh, and you started getting commission at 90%. It was embarrassing.

But then I really put in an honest effort. I remember asking my manager what I was doing wrong, and how I could improve. We started listening to my calls to pinpoint the problem. And I started making a lot more of them. It didn't bring immediate success, but such was the nature of this particular sales job. But before long, my numbers did creep up. The shot up. What made me the most proud was that the improvement could be directly traced back to me, and not just sheer luck. I closed a couple big sales, and even saved one that was about to cancel when I called to check up to see if the guy was happy.

When I left that job because they moved too far away, I was second on the spreadsheet at like 156% and getting a nice commission check. Unfortunately commission is considered a bonus, and so gets taxed extremely heavily.

But yeah, it felt good playing The Show or Zelda after a good successful day like that. In any case, it'd be interesting to hear some of your success stories about basically anything but video games.

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Re: The Motivation and Success Thread

Postby Voor » January 8th, 2019, 10:03 pm

I’ve always been a hard workers and take joy in pleasing others, but I do get fatigued at times.

Anyway, my tips are to be kind, honest, and appreciative. I know that sounds obvious, but as a supervisor, I see lots of situations where talented individuals lose opportunities and damage relationships simply be not being friendly. Take the extra time to tell people you appreciate them helping you, be transparent, and return phone calls/emails quickly. “The best ability is availability” as I’ve heard at times. Open and responsive communication goes a LONG way with customers.

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Re: The Motivation and Success Thread

Postby VideoGameCritic » January 14th, 2019, 1:29 pm

There's something ironic about a "motivation and success" threading dying due to lack of interest! LOL

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Re: The Motivation and Success Thread

Postby CharlieR » January 14th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Mine is getting my Drivers' license. Probably not the biggest deal to some, but for me it was. I had a brain tumor when I was younger, and I was working on getting my license for years, and I finally did it few years ago!

I first went to a driver rehabilitation when I was a senior in high school, and was declared unable to drive. I went back in my early 20's after more practice. I was getting better, but the instructors said the same thing. The lessons were funded by the state, and the instructor told me it wouldn't be fair to the state to continue with the lessons. It didn't really make sense. I kept practicing, and decided to pay for private lessons with AAA. I took my test six times but finally got it on the sixth try!

The interesting thing is, I was more excited to just be done with the whole thing, rather than getting a car, if that makes sense. Not having to deal with my dad yelling at me for taking too long to do a k-turn, stingy driving instructors, etc. Just glad to be done with it!

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Re: The Motivation and Success Thread

Postby Voor » January 19th, 2019, 3:22 pm

Congrats on that accomplishment, and even more for your persistence!

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