Stay Hungry, Stay Driven
“ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”- Herbert Spencer.
Hunger is the metaphor for being driven. If you aren’t hungry, why would you go hunting in the woods? I know nobody these days goes hunting, but, you get the idea. Hunger is the metaphor symbolizing the motivation, the need behind the cause. It’s the unfulfilled desire that is waiting to be fulfilled. The more you fill your head with that sense of hunger to grow, the more you’ll be pushed to execute. But for that to happen; here comes another ingredient-to stay foolish.
It is easy to "stay hungry" but it takes courage to "stay foolish".
Many misunderstand this statement from Steve Jobs. It is in no way negative to "stay foolish" in the sense Jobs meant it. It’s a state of progression and innovative curiosity that takes risk which many would call "foolish". And for this to work out it is important to add the much needed dash of motivation that will propel a person to act out his dreams.
High levels of motivation increase workforce stability. Turnover is far less likely among a positive workforce that is self-driven, engaged, and enthusiastic about their work. With being self-motivated, learners will be motivated to perform at the highest level and derive maximum benefits from training sessions. Thus, in the context of learning and development it becomes all the more essential to nurture this trait for effective learning.
At Learngage, my research about understanding traits required for learning have led me to understand the significance of being self-driven as a crucial trait for effective learning, Curiosity being trait number-1. Here are 5 ways to tell if you’re a self-driven learner who has what it takes to achieve incredible success:
1. WANT to vs. HAVE to:
Self-driven learners tend to ask more questions and devote more time to discovering the answers. If you are the kind of person who actively pursues your personal interests, you’ll find it easier to naturally acquire the skills and knowledge you need to design a life that’s more in alignment with your goals and dreams.
2. Admit they DON’T know:
Self-driven learners tend to have a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses. If you view gaps in your knowledge as growth opportunities, you’ll be able to upgrade your skill set to achieve even higher levels of success.
3. Bigger risks - Bigger results:
Self-driven learners thrive on accomplishment and have more confidence in their abilities because they are able to achieve so much on their own initiative. If you’re not afraid to leave your comfort zone and take big risks, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
4. Finish what they start:
When self-driven learners experience challenges, they become even more determined to succeed! If you have a strong sense of personal accountability, you will naturally be better at managing your time and avoiding distraction – and will see your projects through to completion faster.
5. Ahead of the pack:
Self-achievers refuse to wait for changing circumstances to force them to adapt. If you are continually learning, you will be able to anticipate new developments long before they happen and thrive in an ever-changing world no matter what life throws your way.
Not many have been motivated enough to challenge the automotive & oil and gas industry and look how that has worked out for the greater good. Only recently has someone been "driven" enough, Elon Musk attempted this with Tesla. Now Tesla is completely disrupting the automotive industry. And now according to a recently published article by Forbes, Tesla is posed to surpass and be worth more than Apple by 2025!.
This is just one example. And being a good learner, you can be “driven” enough to create your own example. Bring out the latent quality of being self-driven to continue learning things and pave the way for self-development and assured success.