The Importance of Self-Motivation

What are you doing when no one is looking?

Ken Tracy, president of Cincinnati Christian University and president of TaleMed, discusses the importance of self-motivation as the key to success in both your personal and professional life. He shares his motivational leadership principles, and challenges us to find ways to stay motivated and encourage motivation in others.
One of the greatest memories that I have of an example of leadership came from a gentleman by the name of Lane Donnelly. Lane was the President at Belcan, and he made a statement to me once is that, "There's a lot of people that want to be successful in life, but very few want to work at it." His impact in just that statement is what drove me to grow and to come up with different ideas, because staying on that cutting edge drove me to get better and better every day. Sometimes people lose sight of self-motivation, and they're waiting for that other person to push them. What he taught me was the key to success is that self-motivation. When everyone else isn't looking, what are you doing? As I led and grew in companies and led thousands of people, one of the things I always tried to encourage everyone is, "What are you doing when someone's not looking?" Because that's truly what shows the character of a person and it also shows truly inside what you want for your life. Do you want to just be the 8 to 5 individual? Or do you want to be the person that actually holds yourself accountable to get that 8 to 5 job done and if it takes that extra hour, you're going to do that extra hour, even though no one may know that you did that extra hour, but you do.

Ken Tracy

Ken Tracy was appointed interim president of Cincinnati Christian University in February 2014. The Board of Trustees affirmed him for the position permanently in May 2014.

A 1988 graduate of CCU, Tracy has 27 years of financia...

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