The things I used to do to find inspiration, to charge myself up to work harder, and to strive for success, no longer work. I’ve stopped looking because I have enough to sustain me.
In What Next, I recount how driving through wealthy neighborhoods would inspire me, and I revealed that Mark Cuban did the same thing before becoming a billionaire.
“I did it too. I drove by big houses and would wonder who lived there. What they did for a living.” Cuban wrote in a blog post from 2004.
I would often take a detour on the way to my mother’s house to drive by the nicest, biggest houses, but I noticed on my last few trips, I haven’t even thought about it. The reason was obvious, I don’t need the motivation any more.
It’s not that I’m not motivated, or I’ve given up. Quite the contrary, I’ve reached the goals I set for myself. I feel accomplished. I still work hard, still have dreams, and still want to improve but I no longer need external motivation.
I used to go to boat shows early so I could be among the first to board the big yachts and take my time touring them, imagining what it would be like to own one. I don’t do that any more either.
So, keep working, keep looking for the inspiration and motivation you need, and eventually you’ll find that the only place you need to look is within yourself.