It’s a simple question with perhaps a difficult answer.

What drives you the most in your daily work? For most, it’s probably money. But let’s disregard that for a moment. Not counting money, what’s your primary motivator in your workday?

For me, it’s praise from my coworkers or my wife. Hearing the words “good work” is a virtuous cycle that leads to more good work on my part.

Self-centered? Yep, but take some time to examine this in your own life. Your motivator might not be self-centered at all.

Perhaps you’re motivated by the knowledge you gain through your job. You might be motivated by the happiness you bring to the world around you.

Exploring this can help to focus your pursuits on the motivators that help you do good work.