Where do you rate motivation in your ladder to success?

I believe some entrepreneurs think it is the top factor. Personally, I disagree.

You may think, Eric, you are always giving motivational seminars, webinars and conferences. How can you tell us motivation is not a key to success?

Let me ask you, if I or another individual did not give those motivation speeches, would you quit?

Oh, my CD player isn’t working today. I can’t listen to my motivation so I won’t do anything. I will just sleep all day.”

I hope that isn’t your mindset…

I want to ask you several other questions…

  • Do you need motivation to get out of bed every day?
  • Is it motivation that makes that breakfast?
  • Is motivation the leading factor that washes laundry, cooks meals or leads you to take a shower?

Do you see my point?

If you rely on motivation to do, solve or finish anything, you are likely to get let down.

Does that mean you should bypass motivational opportunities?


Take advantage of every form of motivation you can get, but do not make motivation the key to your success.

Essentially, motivation is like cherries on top of a big and beautiful angel-food cake. The cake is still great without the cherries, but they add another pleasurable taste and color.

So keep getting the cherries when you can… Attend motivational events; listen to motivational tapes; take part in motivation webinars. Just don’t make your success dependent on them.

So, What Qualities Are Better Than Motivation?

The way I see it, there are 5 attributes that trump motivation.

I am going to explain why I believe this way and will give them starting with #5 and working up to the top attribute.

Please read along and gain an understanding why I see these as being more important than motivation.

#5: Inspiration Tops Motivation For Entrepreneurs

I know many people have the idea that these 2 words are synonyms.


Motivation comes from outside sources whereas inspiration comes from inside your being.

Rely on yourself and not on an outer source.

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” Andre Gide

#4: Knowledge Is Over Motivation For The Entrepreneur

The more we know, the more we grow.

Given my choice between an educational conference where I could learn something new, or a motivational concert where I would leave with my head in the clouds but gain nothing new in wisdom, my choice would be education.

That is why whenever I give motivational meet ups, I always want to add some learning experience within them.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Benjamin Franklin

#3: Commitment Is More Important Than Motivation In The Lives Of Entrepreneurs

I will be quick to tell you that no matter the amount of motivation you have, if you are not truly committed, success will be hard to attain.

You know you are committed when you feel sick, depressed or weary and still push on to the prize.

There’s no abiding success without commitment.” Tony Robbins

#2: Self Discipline Trumps Motivation With Entrepreneurs

Many experts would probably put self discipline at the top of the list… You will soon see why I have it at #2.

But it does require self discipline to find success.

It takes self discipline to do all the things I listed earlier:

  • Get out of bed
  • Take a shower
  • Brush your teeth
  • Cook a meal

Motivation has nothing to do with it.

The way to be self disciplined is to make a life plan and follow it religiously.

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.” Harry Truman

#1: Action Rules Over All For Entrepreneurs

No matter how much motivation, inspiration, commitment or self discipline you have, if you don’t have action, you have nothing.

You could be lacking in some areas but if you lack action, there is no way you will succeed.

So just act and watch great things happen in your life and business.

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” W. Clement Stone


So are you motivated?

Yep, trick question…

To help you, I want to show you 3 tools in one to send your business into overdrive… It’s called the Home Business Success Kit which has the means to help you take massive action.

Get it here.

I hope I was clear in today’s message. If you have any questions, please post them below.

I would also love to hear your feedback.

After all, I want to help you take your business…

To The Top!

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