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The Root of all Boredom for those of us Employed (and the Joy of Creative Entrepreneurship)

Find the job that you love and you will never work a day in your life

– Mark Twain

Are you tired of working? Have you lost your powers of creativity?

Somewhere along the way, we lose the motivation to work due to a myriad of things, due to office politics, lack of pay, change organizational culture, etc.

Writer’s block can roughly be described as a motivational problem—you can’t write because you feel something is missing, something is not right, and you’re not inspired.

To tackle that enduring and slippery problem of motivation, let me share my simple idea that could help your creative juice flowing.

What’s the deal with motivation?

Motivation, as we all know, is the willingness to exert effort to achieve a goal. More than that, motivation is about your passion to work. Now, as a creative individual, do you think you can stay creative if you’re not motivated?

As it happens, creativity needs more than our basic understanding of motivation. You can be motivated to work for money or for your promotion, but that doesn’t mean you can stay creative.

The same thing can be said about your job, you can be paid a lot, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that you love your job.

So here’s the kicker: to stay motivated and creative at the same time, you have to love your job—a lot. 

You need to be inspired.

Perhaps, our lack of understanding of how motivation and creativity jibe together leads to a messy case of frustration.

If you’ve worked far too long in some job or have committed yourself under the mercy of your client, there would come a point where you will just be satisfied with not being dissatisfied—and use that as the benchmark of your motivation and creativity.

That, I believe, is the root of all boredom.

Satisfied with not being Dissatisfied, Dissatisfied of not being Satisfied

Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000), a clinical psychologist, wanted to understand the basis of job satisfaction. Before him, business managers believed that job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction are polar opposites.

Herzberg conducted his own study among 200 white-collared workers in nine manufacturing companies in Pittsburgh.

He asked them via survey questions to describe situations in their work that made them feel good and those that made them feel bad.

After much analysis, he found a pattern. People seemed to feel good about their jobs, but had very different responses when asked about bad situations

What Herzberg discovered was that satisfaction and dissatisfaction are not polar opposites; they just exist independently.

The opposite of satisfaction is non-satisfaction, while dissatisfaction is non-dissatisfaction. Moreover, raising satisfaction doesn’t reduce dissatisfaction; and vice-versa.

The Deal with Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Motivation can also be described in two ways—extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic motivation, well, this comes from outside a person. You’re doing your job because of the financial reward or you’re afraid of being fired. Money is certainly the most common extrinsic motivator, which doesn’t necessarily kill creativity. Though, in many situations, money by itself does not make people become passionate about their jobs.

Your passion and love to do something are what intrinsic motivation is all about. You work because you enjoy it. It is the work itself that motivates you. People can remain creative when they are motivated from the inside and not from the outside.

We may worry about getting into jobs we don’t really like because, over time, we tend to focus on avoiding dissatisfaction and forget the role that satisfaction play.

We feel bored because we’re working solely for our extrinsic motivation, and have abandoned what our insides tell us.

Consequently, over time, we lose our motivation to work. You may fool yourself for loving the job.  Yet, over time, you lose your initiative, your drive, and then your creativity.

Now, the solution, if you don’t already know, is to dive into Creative Entrepreneurship.  

What is Creative Entrepreneurship?

Creative entrepreneurship is the dream career many of us are longing to get into. Successful creative entrepreneurs demonstrate growth in business because of pure joy and creativity

Think of the most successful companies today that have seen growth in a short span of time—Apple, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, etc—they are all products of creative entrepreneurship. Their creativity has led to a disruption of traditional business models and changed entire industries.

Creative Entrepreneurs are running with two gears as they are satisfied with both extrinsic and intrinsic needs.

And the last they feel is boredom with their jobs.

Planning to be a Creative Entrepreneur?

Time and time again, you may have heard that entrepreneurship requires passion and dedication. You also have to be a risk-taker. To pursue your dream job, take a chance, sail to another island of opportunity, and burn your boats.

You may have some issues with pieces of advice like these, but what you cannot discount is the need for capital for your business.

The money. The dough.

To be able to raise capital, you need business and financial plans. Generally, i-TeachOptions can make a financial plan for you. However, financial plans are only as good in paper if you’re not motivated to commit to it for the long term.

With the right financial plan, we can all raise capital for business. The only ingredient is not to become bored with the process. You have to be so in love with your goals and targets. Otherwise, you won’t sustain the discipline of monthly savings.

Therefore, the goals of your business plan must be the most exciting, delirious, intoxicating, creative thing you can conjure, as it will reflect both your extrinsic and intrinsic needs.

So go ahead, what’s the craziest, un-boring idea you want to get into.

Let’s talk about it.