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Find out what juices you

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List five things you love to do—things that really interest, energize and motivate you. They may include hobbies, interests, sports or work.

Next, pick the two that are the most motivating. Recall a specific occasion or period when you were doing each of them. Think about where you were, whom you were with, what you were doing, and how you expressed your interest, energy and enthusiasm. Jot the occasion on your list. Now identify the critical ingredient.

Was it …

  • The intellectual challenge?
  • The involvement of others?
  • Learning something new?
  • Freedom to do what you wanted?
  • Accomplishing something worthwhile?
  • Experimentation and discovery?
  • Being creative or imaginative?
  • Producing something others would enjoy or use?
  • Travel or adventure?
  • Planning and organizing?
  • Influencing or helping others?
  • Competing?
  • Meeting a personal goal?

Try to pick out trends or patterns. This will help you seek opportunities that match your true motivators—and boost your success.

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