Motivation – How Does It Work?

The Hurst Campus Staff
 May 31, 2016
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You can try all you like, but it is almost impossible to motivate another person without knowing what it is that drives them, and without them wanting to also motivate themselves. This is something that becomes quite apparent when pursuing a culinary education or working as an intern. Studying to be a chef, food stylist or caterer is a competitive business that takes an immense amount of hard work, meaning it is commonplace for motivation to wax and wane in the learning process.

At Hurst, we find that the only way to feed the motivation of our students is to take the time to get to know them as individuals. Different students have different motivational triggers, and without recognising this, keeping them motivated in tough times is an uphill battle. But what are these various motivators?

The most obvious motivator is to “play for the prize”, and while we do include this kind of challenge on campus, it is more to garner up team spirit and build morale, rather than being a driving force behind what motivates our students as individuals. Also known as “the carrot-on-the-stick” technique, this method falls flat in the long run, making it of vital importance to recognise the other motivational factors at play.

As a starting point, here are some of the key triggers that motivate people to achieve according to Forbes magazine:

  1. Trustworthy leadership
  2. Proving others wrong
  3. A stable future
  4. No future regrets
  5. Career advancement
  6. The pursuit of happiness

These are, of course, general traits and it takes looking at the individual to recognise which of these factors (or combination of factors) is going to motivate a student to work to their full potential.

At Hurst, we constantly work on building stronger relationships within our teaching team, and this philosophy naturally spills over into the way we teach our students, and the emphasis we put on getting to know them as individuals. By creating an atmosphere of trust and belonging, we are able to observe and tap into what already motivates each of our students.

If you are looking to find ways to motivate those around you, it is easier than you may think:
Pay attention to what people talk about, start listening to what interests them in order to understand what motivates them naturally, ensure that you are providing what they need to stay motivated, and lastly, don’t be too scared to ask the simple question, “What motivates you and how can I help you to stay motivated?”.

If you’d like more information on enrolling at Hurst or our philosophy, contact us. And join us bi-monthly as we delve into personal transformation in life and in the workplace.

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