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    Quote Originally Posted by azureus3 View Post
    Such a complex question, I think it's not (only) about tools, techniques or weird useless apps. It's also about philosophy and how well you understand yourself and the world.
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    And then the hedonic adaptation sets in. It felt good for a while and then you realize there's always more - richer people, more fit people, smarter people, more popular people... If you are looking forward to some goals, it may never end, you'll just have more goals.

    So I think it makes sense just to enjoy the process - enjoy what you're doing. Find something in the activity - you don't have to save the world, just set your mission or vision to something larger and useful.
    I am finding I like the cognitive training. I like the idea that I can improve my productivity, just being smarter. E.g., preparing for the next 2 to 7 seconds, when needed.

    I also added about 10 quotes from the Holy Bible, to increase my inspiration. It is all about doing the right things to go to heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azureus3 View Post
    It is funny that I'm writing this because actually it's my big problem right now, to find some motivation and meaning.
    If you think you will find "meaning" in anything you're going to be disappointed ... it's all random chance.
    But if you especially think that you'll find meaning in online work - then you're surely out-of-luck.

    In the absence of meaning - do work that pays well and means you can afford good beer.
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    My oh my. The external factors ppl need to be motivated. When I was a kid I don't think I needed 20 quotes and 9 reasons to be motivated to go out and play with my friends. I hardly doubt I needed motivation to go grab myself an ice cream either.

    So if whatever you are doing (from what I understood, a website in this niche) isn't that kind of activity, why r u trying to eat worms and like it.

    But for the sake of the topic I'll squeeze one in: Stop calling it work. Really! For the rest of the world if you do what you love to do and you are enjoying it you are not working. You can show them your hour chart, your money, whatever. For the majority unless you are miserable, have a boss you hate, you aren't working.
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    If you think you will find "meaning" in anything you're going to be disappointed ... it's all random chance.
    But if you especially think that you'll find meaning in online work - then you're surely out-of-luck.

    In the absence of meaning - do work that pays well and means you can afford good beer.
    Not a truer word spoken.
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    I've never really been a hugely money motivated person though. Meaning is a very human notion, but I do believe we need to have some sense of satisfaction and a 'point' to what we're doing or else we can just lose motivation totally. Meaning can be different for each person.

    For me, jobs that help people, animals, the planet or the advancement of science/knowledge in some way are meaningful. These could be voluntarily done or paid jobs. e.g. reducing pollution/plastic use/destruction of the planet or finding a medical cure or raising awareness of a hidden topic. These are much more worthwhile endeavors in the big scheme of things than what we do here.

    I do believe that one voice, when backed up with clever actions, can be very influential in the world. There are some clever people on here, some interesting minds and I feel that maybe that potential could be better used elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xecutable View Post
    My oh my. The external factors ppl need to be motivated.
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    But for the sake of the topic I'll squeeze one in: Stop calling it work. Really! For the rest of the world if you do what you love to do and you are enjoying it you are not working. You can show them your hour chart, your money, whatever. For the majority unless you are miserable, have a boss you hate, you aren't working.


    Thank you. Do you know about gameful design (gamification)? I just read up on it. Now my checklist is like a game: Instead of x for checks in notepad, I give myself a letter grade of A, B, or C. When I score a D or F, I don't get to check it off.
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    If you are are not motivated it will be hard to keep it for long. Personally, i have no goal to becoming a millionaire or anything of that sort, but affiliate marketing is a means to live my life the way i want. For example not to go to office and report to someone. To be able to travel wherever and whenever i like and so on.

    So either find the reason to keep you motivated (and having quotes on the wall is not it) - or think why are you doing this at all. Maybe there are other things that you are passionate about.

    Doing something you do not like and find no passion about just because that's what you are doing now, is a waste of time. Which is quite precious.
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    Well, a lot of good advice and info there. My motivation has always been to live my freedom. I mean, even if I must work plenty of hours, I have my freedom of thinking, freedom of doing what I want. It's so important, to think that you can be the commander of your life. Even if we must comply on things, we still manage to put up the ideas WE, as individuals, matter in our head, without ever someone saying to you what to do. Yes, we must have some conformism, but we are the masters of our lives. Thinking about other people under working tyranny helps me a lot.

    Besides that, I've experimented two near-death events and one that lasted 3 years, and I got a huge PTSD because the longer death is chasing you, the harder your PTSD is. I've struggled five more years to go out of this hell, with quasi full amnesia. Getting back to recognize and remember what was your life, fragment by fragment, little detail by little detail, little pieces of memories by little pieces of memories, has been the most horrific thing to live in my life, making what caused the huge health damage like a walk in the park. Now that I am out, I know that PARADISE is on earth, and that I live in it each day.

    To have the right to live each day should be our first motivation to all of us.

    1. To have the right to live.
    2. To enjoy your freedom of living (yes, when you do what you want, even with hassles, you are free)
    3. To enjoy what your are doing, like a passion (so if you don't like what you do, don't do it, you won't succeed)
    4. To contemplate that you succeed by achieving your goals through to financial independance (and the cursor here is different from one person to another)
    5. Then, that you can live happily and freely with your loved ones, even if human life in society is cruel, and enjoy every moment of your life.
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    I would add to the list continued self-learning. Its so motivating when you learn something yourself and put it into practice. I for example learnt to code and save a lot of money on developing my own website. Seeing the result is also gartifying.

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