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One Key Trait You Need For Success


Successful people inspire us. When someone comes from nothing and climbs to the top of whatever industry they choose to be in we can’t help but admire them and desire what they have. But if we want to attain what they have we need the have that one key trait to success that they have.

Self motivation.

That seems to be the one thing that’s missing from many of various pursuits. Sitting around talking about the book we want to write, the album we want to record, the team we want a spot on, or the business we want to start isn’t going to get anything done. The only thing that’s going to get it done is when you go out there and do it, and no one is going to give you the desire to do it.


Your desire and your passion comes from within, so the motivation to accomplish those dream must also come from within.

I don’t care if it’s Steve Jobs, Tom Brady, or any other successful person you can name. All of the most successful people have an internal motivation to succeed that borders on obsessive. We look at their lives and see the fruits of all their hard work but tend to overlook all the hours of hard work they put into it.


Do you think Tom Brady won all those SuperBowl rings by sitting around watching TV and talking about how cool the other quarterbacks are? No, he worked his butt off everyday, watched tapes of his previous football games, trained with his coaches and his teammates, and he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I’m not even a fan of Tom Brady or the Patriots, but I have to admire how good he is at what he does.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a revolutionary in the computer industry and his products now permeate most people’s lives around the world. As I write this I’m listening to music on my iPod and I can see a friend of mine working on his Mac computer while another reads a book on his iPad. But all of that success came from his desire to put out better products and a ruthless pursuit of growing his company.


Daniel Day-Lewis is famous among other actors for the methods he uses to really understand his character and give the best performance he can. When he starred in Last of the Mohicans he lived in the woods for 6 months and learned to skin animals and made his own canoe. While he was making The Crucible he lived on set without electricity. That takes some serious dedication.

To be completely honest with you, I don’t want to be sitting here writing this blog right now. I’m in China doing mission work and just came from almost two weeks of late nights, very little sleep or food, and hours driving in a beat up van going to villages all through the mountains of China. But I want to be a successful writer. So I’m taking the time to write a blog and attempt to give my readers good content.

I’m not a very self-motivated person. Sometimes, I have to drag myself kicking and screaming into my work. But there is fruit in my work and it makes me very happy to accomplish the goals I set for myself. It can be really hard work but this is my dream and I will ruthlessly pursue it.

Don’t get me wrong. Self-motivation isn’t the only thing you need to be successful. But without it your efforts will be severely hampered.


So ask yourself, am I really chasing my dreams as hard as I could be? Don’t sit around and wait for someone else to give you a push. Other people can encourage you in your dreams but ultimately the motivation to pursue them is going to come from within yourself.

How are you going to chase your dream today? What small step can you take right now to get that much closer to your goals? Leave a comment below and get it started today!

About Luke Geldmacher

I grew living on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Currently, I live in a 40 acre farm in Cookville, TX. I sometime write about life issues, but my passion is sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.

3 Replies

  1. margaret

    thank you for motivating yourself to blog this message… one I needed to hear today ! thank you!!!!

    1. My pleasure, thanks for reading!

  2. Linda Whiting

    Great post, Luke, and one I really needed to read today. As you know, it’s going to be a bit stressful for me to transition from Principal to quilt maker. I’ve needed to pull that “self-motivating” trick out of my hat quite a bit the last couple of days. I just pray, and God leads me to the next step. Love seeing you write, even when you don’t feel like it. You’re getting better all the time! Love you, Momma

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