How to Motivate Yourself to Work Hard


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
– Thomas Edison

I remember as a little kid I use to watch my mother work to the bone to ensure that my sisters and I had clothes on our back, food in our stomachs and a roof over our heads (and a rather beautiful one at that).

She was a momentum for me to do well with my life. To strive to be a better person because she was a woman with such talent, finesse and style – always ready to tackle the next challenge.

Like her, I wanted to possess all these favorable qualities and intertwine them with my work career.

But the journey was anything but easy … the journey is anything but easy.

The Start of the Journey

Believe it or not, I wasn’t always a motivated and ambitious person. I barely got by in grade school and high school was even a struggle. But something happened in college for me. It just clicked. I found a technique and a mindset that motivated me to work harder than I ever thought possible! Below you can read a few of the ways I was able to work a part-time job, have 18 credits, participate as an officer of 3 clubs, volunteer, be an honor’s student, and graduate in four years with 3 degrees!

The Motivation to Work Hard

1. Do it for someone you love. This is where the journey began for me and is where many women start. The disappointment, pity and sorrow in my mother’s eyes were harsh on me – and after that day, I told myself that if ever I lost focus again, I would work hard for her.

While my mother was my “someone,” yours could be someone entirely different. Your children, parents, spouse or friends could be that “someone.” Perhaps it’s your faith that motivates you.

Whomever you choose, just remember that…….

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