Drive out of trauma
I follow a couple of makers on twitter, because they inspire me to make. I also follow a bunch of business people, because they inspire me to work hard on everything I do.
People like Casey Neistat, levels.io, Gary Vaynerchuk or Mark Cuban. These are people I look up to and I catch myself so often in a rut of just consuming their content, vs. creating something myself.
I think it's because I'm very information-driven and think that every problem is an information-solution, but that's another topic.
What most of these people mentioned above have in common though is an incredible drive, day in and day out. They work hard even though they probably have enough money to rest.
Comfort is the enemy of progress. - Casey Neistat
Let that sink in for a second.
Everything I strive for, ALWAYS was based on having comfort in the end. Comfort was the end goal. But all these people realized that it is a trap.
If you're not progressing you're standing still or worse experiencing atrophy.
But what makes these people go? Comfort is so easy. Deciding to keep going is hard. Working every day is hard.
And I think after watching a periscope stream of levels.io and listening to a couple of Casey Neistat vlogs I think I know what the reason behind their drive is.
Creativity is an addiction and a way to escape the world. - Pieter Levels (levels.io)
These people experienced trauma in some form and wouldn't allow that trauma to ever occur again, so they are addicted to hard work. Because that's probably the only thing that will keep you from losing in life.
It is their way of solving problems, or maybe escaping them.
I don't know if I can do it as well, but I'm definitely inspired by it.