about motivation

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There are tons of theories, books and insight about what motivation is and where does it come from, however when it comes to every day life  it’s not so often when we think/analyze over the reasons of why suddenly something that has been so appealing, so interesting to us suddenly looses its attractiveness.

In fact, the same happens with motivation – once we get excited about something we do not think much why, what exactly motivates us to do certain things.

My small personal insight today is that if we do not track our motivation/demotivation causes then we probably do not monitor our motivation level throughout the process as we are not much aware of what should we monitor. In its turn, if we do not monitor it – we can not act fast to change the situation in case we need, this is why when demotivation comes and we suddenly feel no energy for doing something we were so keen to do we get so surprised.

To support this idea I made a small exercise thinking why do people choose to be involved in any kind of work and got a small model for myself.




So, here it is – people choose to be involved in a certain process based on these criteria and if at least they sense  2 – 3 elements are available , then it seems attractive/worthy to be involved.

However, your life context usually makes availability of certain element the most important decision making factor – and even sometimes even if all of other elements are missing still there is enough energy to do the job just because the priority element is present and vice versa, even if all the elements are in place while the most needed one is absent your motivation and therefore involvement level drastically goes down.

I am curious to know – what is your current driver of motivation?




Red pill for successful career and magic stick for happiness …

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Do you want to become the best ever public speaker, solve all your issues with time management, make your team love you or increase sales by 200 %…?  No problem, there are super-puper- mega trainings, seminars and master classes that will immediately change your life in 4 hours or, let’s say maximum 5 days!

When you see a super-confident person (especially if they are dressed well and are good looking) saying they will share their secrets of success or help you become the best of the best, the temptation is too big to simply run for it and say “I want this”. Perhaps it’s our inner child that so much wants to believe in magic, but for sure at those moments we truly believe or hope that there is the magic stick that will change us and our lives in couple of hours. And who said we don’t believe in Santa anymore? ))

We all want results: cheap, quality and yesterday! We all strive for efficiency and yet, here’s the paradox, people buy these “magic stick”, choosing to have the illusion of efficiency and escaping from real growth patterns, which might be more difficult to address.

In this everyday “rat race” we choose quick solutions and don’t want to face the truth, we might spend our time and money to listen to someone else’s secrets of success (that do not always work when copy-pasted), rather than going into a meaningful discussion or self-reflection.

As for us though  the illusion in a nice packaging looks good, but we still enjoy the challenge of in-depth growth. We do choose to grow in an ORGANIC way.

what makes a great learning environment?

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We’ve been at TEDxYerevan today  and while listening to the great speakers I had a side thought about what makes this place and environment special in terms of learning?

And then my thought went broader and more and more questions started to whirl around:  what makes a great learning environment? when people learn best? when and where do they study best?  what makes them share more ideas in a more generous way? what makes the best environment for idea generation?

I have tried to recall all the places and meetings where my own ” learning cakra” was open and strangely I could recall 2 controversial types of places that helped me learn.

So the first type of place is a space with lots of DIFFERENT PEOPLE who are buzzing around with their ideas, with a SPACE that you can make it our own in a creative way ( visuals, colors), with a TECHNOLOGY or INFRASTRUCTURE and TOOLS that help you think in a different way or out-of -the -box, with beautiful NATURE around and HOSTS. In this kind of a place, if the hosts and audience co-create atmosphere of trust and sharing and vulnerability in a good sense, then you simply have self-driven beautiful community of people learning at the speed of light. If you add to this diversity and encouragement ( like at TED, when speakers make their points and audience go clapping or feel connected and you hear things like ” exactly”, ” you read my mind”, ” wow”.. )  + admission for the mistakes or ” stupid questions without any judgment” – then you just have it, the perfect place for all of the things to happen.

But then, there is the  other space that I could think of that creates that wonderful amazing learning experience and that place is ….toilet room.

I mean, I know it sounds weird but I am sure I am not alone in ” going to toilet” for reading, studying and idea generation. Now, toilet doesn’t have all of that magical moments and infrastructure and technology and facilitators but still, that’s a magical place for ideas to come.

So what makes toilet so insightful?  I thought may be  Its because it’s the place where you can be yourself and that what makes it so similar to the 1st type of a place no matter the absence of helping tools. May be it’s because the shame feeling goes down? after all, it’s a closed space, with a lot of privacy where you can be totally naked literally and therefore metaphorically as well? may be it’s also because the output that we suppose to produce in toilet is never being judged?

If my hypothesis is correct then what could have we become if we remove shame as a blocking unnecessary item from our lives and lives of our circle of influence?

Just a thought…


when was the last time you did something for the first time?

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This is exactly what we are doing for the first time… we have started our first company…It feels amazing; a mixture of sensitivity, joy, a bit of fear, butterflies in our stomacsh… a lot of people would confirm that starting your first company is like giving birth to your first child…It feels like its a magic and it really feels warm. It feels home…. on this first day of our first ever joint blog we just want to say we are grateful for this amazing place where life brought us. Let’s start 2 grow together998107_10151569267367186_2075678682_n.