What Drives You?

What is your main motivator?  What makes you excited and gives you the good butterflies?  What is it you do that at the end of the day you can look back and say, “I did good”?  What is it that you want to achieve that makes all the other things you do in the process seem bearable?  What drives you?


When I talk to a client I often ask two very simple questions, in succession, to help them determine this very thing – without stating that is the goal.  These questions are: “Why?” and “What does that mean?”


I want to know what they do, how they do it and most importantly why they do it.  It becomes the foundation for where they want to go.


If you are in the job market you will find that you have to sell yourself over and over again and maybe you have come up with the “perfect” pitch.  You know just what you are going to say when asked the question: What do you do.  It is perfect?


Is it so rehearsed that it no longer sounds real?


Does it clearly communicate what you want to say or is it the words you think they want to hear?


Does it mean anything to you?


When you discover the thing that drives you it is very likely that you will find such excitement that it is almost indescribable.  When that happens my clients normally ask why.  “I finally figured out what drives me yet I find it harder to explain – why?”


The reason is simple – you have discovered the best part of you motivation – passion.  Try describing passion.  It is a feeling so it is more difficult to put into words versus actions.  It is one of those strong words like love – try describing that one.


When you find that you are excited about what you do but feel like you can not find the right words you have reached a great place.  A place so many fail to reach.


Before you can create the perfect elevator speech and “this is me in a nutshell” motto it is important that you find that motivation and those feelings.


Embrace being overwhelmed by it because it is the turning point from telling someone what you do and demonstrating who you are!


Then you can begin crafting the perfect elevator speech.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.



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