"What motivates you?
My boss asked me that question yesterday.
I really did not have an answer ready. "Well, I like to help people."
Ms. America and we all want world peace too...but answer the question.
Because if you don't know what motivates you how can you motivate
It was a good and fair question. It
took me a bit of soul searching but in the end I found the answer.
What motivates me?
Travel and movement.
motivated by trying something different. Seeing something different.
Personal growth if you want to call it that. I'm not really motivated
by money (despite owning my own business since 2008 and being in sales
most of my life). One of the best sales months I ever had was due to
the promise of a exotic dinner at a restaurant I had never been to but only if I met a certain goal.
like the computer or a car...or even my bike, is just a tool to help me
achieve what I really want to do. Which is to move and travel and see
what is over that next hill, what is around that next bend. The more I
think about this...the more logical it becomes to me.
college, I moved south as soon as I could and have spent time in Charleston, SC. As well as living briefly outside of Savannah, GA. It was not till I moved to Charlotte, NC (where I had a job that taught me something new everyday
and often required me to travel through the south) that I was fully affected by the travel bug.
Since then I've been able to travel to the various
islands in the Caribbean and a nations in Europe, Asia and South America.
I've traveled to New York City twice,
Chicago twice, Las Vegas once. I've touched down in nearly every state
that touches the Atlantic Ocean. Sue and I are planning on going back
to Las Vegas sometime next year (a place she's never been) and our first
trip to New Orleans.
If things work out in the long
run, then Sue and I will be buying an RV and traveling the US and Canada once we
retire. Well I may not be a fan of the idea of getting a trike or a Spyder,
the reason I'm even considering it is because Sue wants even more
stability when she rides with me. Plus she knows that I would never ever
forgive myself if I were in an accident with her on back.
was it that said "Four wheels move the body, but two wheels move the
soul"? They were certainly right. As I look back on my "biking life" I've found that I've been
happiest when I have a idea of where I want to go, but it's someplace
that I've never been. It's finding that small mom and pop cafe, or the
old cemetery in between point A and B that intrigue me. Sometimes getting there is more
interesting than the final destination...and yes, I know what a cliche
that is. That motivates me to ride, it's just a shame that all I seem
to do is ride back and forth to work, so is it any wonder why I'll chose
a different path in sometimes?
Even the TV shows I
enjoy watching (and I hate TV) are geared towards the exotic and
unusual. Travel shows, history and education predominately. I used to
think that one of the reasons that Jack Kerouac was my favorite author was do to his spontaneous prose,
which is basically how I try to write...capturing that feeling of the
moment without worrying about how it is structured. Now in the light of
this revelation, I can not help but wonder if it was his nearly
neurotic need to be constantly in movement?
more I think about this the more I think that my job is just a means to
an end. I need that gas money, I need that hotel room...but that
getting away from work is why I work. That desire to travel is strong
After all, the world is always a more interesting place 50 miles
from where your at.