How I Was Motivated To Be Successful

I remember when I was younger… I had spent months convincing my family to let me build a website, and maintain several social media for our family business. It took months.Yet at the end of the day I succeeded in convincing them, and they paid me $50 a week to post on social media frequently, too maintain the site, and keep a healthy blog for their store going.

I made $50 a week, and eventually talked my way up to $70.

I spent–as I’ve said twice–months convincing them. I’d guess about 8-10 months. And just for $50 a week. When I finally succeeded I felt like a success, and when I got to $70 I felt even more successful.

Note: Please keep in mind I was only 13, or 14 at the time. Money seemed to be worth more.

I spent weeks perfecting the site, and I made consistent updates. I kept the blog healthy, and I got the Facebook page to 300+ follows, & likes. I guess you could say I was an amateur. Call me whatever you want, I don’t care. The fact is I put tons of time into something for a small amount of Cash.

Then my cousin (Let’s call him “John”) got a job from my Grandmother (who was the main reason I was able to get the site, and social pages up, and get paid for them) as a babysitter. I thought “Cool, OK”.

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15 thoughts on “How I Was Motivated To Be Successful

  1. It depends what your definition of success is I guess. I don’t count it in cash. I count it in fulfilment – and that for me comes from creativity (with or without success) or being in harmony with nature, or having friends and family.

  2. I love this story!!! My daughter and I were just discussing how her and her bf just got their first real jobs (for companies of non-relatives) and she’s ticked that he was basically pulled in by his older sibling and she had to interview and shadow etc and she works harder but he makes more. Because she’s determined to do better than him she busts her jump for extra tips (he doesn’t get tips) and it’s really set her competitive fire ablaze. I live for healthy competition In the post she’s already mire successful than her uncle, she has fresh ideas, ambition and work ethic. Things are often easy for those who can’t handle tough!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I think it’s definitely important to have a little healthy competition and it’s great she is ambitious!

  3. I started out making next to nothing at my last job and I was by far the hardest worker, everyone called me nuts.

    I learned so much more by pushing myself and doing the jobs no one else wanted to do that I skyrocketed up through the company, making four times as much as the people I started with.

    One thing that I have found true over my 10+ years of being a manager, is that the people who wan the easy job, don’t learn the skills necessary to thrive in a competitive environment.

    Even if they make more money, they don’t learn the value of it. They are the first ones to lose everything when life takes a turn their not expecting.

    I’ve always valued life experience over money though, so taking the easy way seemed like a waste of time.

    Money is fleeting but skills and experience transfer over from one aspect of your life to the next.

    Kudos to you for buckling down and keeping yourself self-motivated.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I think it’s definitely important to work hard and appreciate everything you have in life instead of taking the easy way out.

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