Assume you have all the money you could ever need or want. What would you do with the rest of your life?  This question is designed to find your intrinsic motivators.  The motivation that arises from outside (extrinsic) is very different than when it arises inside (intrinsic) the individual. Intrinsic behavior needs no outside influence.  It is personally rewarding. It is spontaneously arousable from within.

Once you have two or three intrinsic areas you would love to explore, do just that.  Go online, read and “feel” these areas.  Which one(s) are the strongest?

Work as doing something I don’t like to do.  If the activity is spontaneously arousable within you, then it will not feel like work.  Someone recently asked me when I was going to retire.  I thought for a minute and asked, “Don’t you have to work before you retire?” Since I don’t do anything I don’t want to do, it is impossible for me to retire.

I don’t remember ever working.  I do what I love. I find it to be exciting and nourishing.  I “get” to do what I do.  I do not “have” to do it.  That is what I want for you.

For you to “get” to your life, it is necessary to have the motivation be “intrinsic”.  You must be excited about it.  This means you have to answer the above question from the context that you “have all the money you could ever need or want” even if this is not true right now.  Working your way out of survival is hard.  Starting outside of survival is much easier.


Once you have identified your “intrinsic” passions, commit to spending one hour a day immersed in this.  It can be reading, surfing the internet, attending lectures etc.

Make sure:

  • It is fun.
  • You are learning.

Amy Klimek is an experienced HR recruiter and VP of Human Resources for Zip Recruiter. She feels basically the same way. Sooner than you think, you will find someone who is a master in your intrinsic field. Then go “deep” with that master. Brad Stulberg has a great perspective on this.

Don’t worry about the outcome; just study and enjoy the experience.  Sooner or later (probably sooner) you will start to have your own perspective(s) in this area.  You will start to make your own distinctions. You will have your own slant on what you intrinsically love.  Don’t rush it; allow it to emerge.  As it does, commit your impressions to writing.

Start responding on other’s blogs.  Tell your truth on these blogs and ask thought-provoking questions.  Just have fun living and learning your passion.  If you have “to” work to stay financially afloat, then do so. Do this knowing that your “work” is just temporary.

Eventually, you will need a personalized web site.  In addition, express yourself on Facebook and Twitter as well. These spaces are your leverage. While real estate used to be the most predictable form of leverage, the Internet with all its social media is much larger.

No matter what your intrinsic motivators are, there is a very high probability that there are many individuals on the Internet who would be interested in what you have to say.  Simultaneously, keep studying what they are doing, absorb their teachings. If you are intrinsically motivated, this should be fun.

Eventually, you will find your own viewpoint; it will be different or more in depth than all others. Don’t worry if your perspective is unique; it needs to be.

Remember, different is not always better yet better, is always different. You need to be different/better.

Once you have found your intrinsic niche, you will enjoy it. It will not be work. You will be in motion and precession will happen (see my video on this @

Like a flower opening, your intrinsic territory, with its precession, will bloom.  As it does, you will find you will be working less and enjoying yourself and life more.  Eventually, you will not be “working” at all.

I am a comprehensivist:

“What can I do for you?”


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Attorney, real estate developer, businessman, educator, editor, scholar, inventor, negotiator, author, visionary and public speaker. Marshall holds a BA degree from Union College of New York: The Cohen H. Kerr award for the highest academic average at Boston University; Boston University’s Utopia Award and the Maud Folsom Foundation Award which grants an annual scholarship for as long as an individual attends school or until age thirty-five.
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