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  • The truth about infinite motivation is that you

  • already have it for certain activities.

  • For example, you likely eat, drink water, work, brush, shower, and socialize every day,

  • plus or minus a few activities maybe.

  • And you'll likely continue these activities until the end of your life.

  • That's infinite motivation.

  • And the cause of infinite motivation is necessity.

  • For example, if you're stranded in the desert, you'll have infinite motivation to find

  • some water, but only as long as you think it's necessary to surviveand that water

  • is necessary to do that.

  • So necessity leads to motivation, but what causes necessity?

  • Necessity arises from your understanding of the world.

  • And your understanding of the world includes places that you want to go to, like good health

  • and wealth perhaps, and places that you want to avoid, like poverty.

  • And your understanding also includes the means or actions that will get you to both of those

  • places.

  • So for example, if in your understanding, you believe it's necessary to get rich and

  • avoid poverty, in the same way you think it's necessary to drink water when you're stranded

  • in the desert, you'll have infinite motivation to try and obtain money, and you'll act

  • out the actions that you think are necessary to get you there.

  • So your understanding of the world leads to necessity which leads to motivation.

  • But how does your understanding change?

  • Your understanding of the world changes when you discover and assimilate new and useful

  • knowledge.

  • And really there are two ways you discover new knowledge: either you discover it through

  • someone else, which is imitation, or you discover it for yourself, which is innovation.

  • So discovery leads to a change in understanding which leads to a change in your perception

  • of necessity which leads to a change in motivation.

  • But what causes us to enter a process of discovery?

  • Discovery occurs when we enter a state of crisis, and a state of crisis is one in which

  • you don't know (A) where you are, or (B) where you want to go, or (C) how to get from

  • where you are to where you want go, or all of the above.

  • So crisis leads to discovery.

  • But what leads to a crisis?

  • The cause of a crisis is a realization: specifically, a realization that your knowledge is insufficient.

  • So that completes the motivation cycle: realization, crisis, discovery, understanding, necessity,

  • motivation, and back to realization.

  • Now let me explain how the entire cycle works using an example.

  • We're going to use the example of driving, because so much of life is like driving, where

  • you're trying to get from some point A to some point B. So imagine that you're driving

  • to the Pet Store, taking the same roads that you always do.

  • So this is the first stage, normal motivation.

  • And your motivations are oriented properly when you can get from where you are to where

  • you want to go.

  • And in this case, you arrive at the Pet Store with no problems.

  • So everything goes smoothly.

  • Now imagine a second scenario, where you go to where the Pet Store usually is, but it's

  • no longer there.

  • So a realization dawns on you: your knowledge is insufficient and you have no idea now where

  • you are relative to the pet store, where the pet store is, and how to get there.

  • You enter a state of crisis, and this leads to a process of discovery.

  • So you meet some people nearby who say that they can help you get to the new location

  • for the Pet Store.

  • You follow them and arrive successfully.

  • Overcoming the crisis has lead to discovery of new knowledge through imitation, which

  • leads you to a new understanding of the world, which leads to a new perspective of what's

  • necessary to arrive at the pet store, which restores your motivation in being able to

  • get there.

  • Life is back to normal.

  • But let's imagine that you never met those people nearby, so instead, you start searching

  • the area nearby for the Pet Store and eventually stumble upon it.

  • This is discovery through innovation, and it leads to the same end result of having

  • your motivation restored.

  • And when it comes to motivation, people typically run into one of two problems.

  • Imagine a spectrum, and in the middle, is someone who is properly motivated.

  • This means that they can always get to where they wanna go from where they are.

  • On the right end of the spectrum is someone who's wrongly motivated.

  • They are highly motivated, but they never get to where they wanna go from where they

  • are: they're motivated in the wrong direction.

  • And this is because they never realize that their knowledge is insufficient.

  • They are too prideful and confident in what they know, so they remain motivated, but they

  • never arrive at their destination, and that's because they never feel the need to update

  • their beliefs.

  • On the left end of the spectrum is someone who has no motivation.

  • This is typically because they are in a state of crisis, where they may have realized that

  • their knowledge is insufficient, but they haven't engaged in a successful discovery

  • process that gives them new knowledge to overcome their crisis.

  • So in conclusion, infinite motivation occurs naturally when you know where you are, where

  • you want to go, and how to get there from where you are.

  • A crisis in motivation occurs when you realize that you have insufficient knowledge to get

  • to where you want to go.

  • Crisis is resolved through the discovery of new and useful knowledge that allows you to

  • arrive at your destination, and new knowledge is discovered through one of two means: imitation

  • or innovation.

  • Imitation is when you copy someone else's solution to your problem, and innovation is

  • when you come up with your own.

  • The discovery of new knowledge updates your understanding of the world, which updates

  • what you perceive as necessary to get to your destination, and the correct perception of

  • necessity leads to the restoration

  • of your motivation.

The truth about infinite motivation is that you

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The Truth About Infinite Motivation

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    Summer posted on 2021/04/09
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