Momentum is easy to keep up when the coast is clear and the slope inclined in your favor. But what about when good fortune flags and fatigue sets in? As the summer holidays yield to first days of school and fiscal planning, we’ve put together a sampler of speakers who each approach the question of motivation in creative, heartfelt and practical ways.
Daniel Lerner is at once affable and serious-minded, so it makes sense that his standing-O keynotes combine a perfect mix of kindness and realism. As he explains in this clip, it’s one thing to work 100 hours a week, but the way we can push ourselves to that level of commitment is by prioritizing our relationships—family and friends. Put them first, says Lerner, and we’re more likely to thrive.
Not all of us are leaders, but an important aspect of motivation is knowing when to encourage those who are. “Leadership recognized is leadership created,” says Drew Dudley, a speaker who continually brings audiences to their feet with his energetic and practical talks about mutual motivation. “Lollipop moments,” as he calls them, can be a small gesture or sentiment that helps someone see that the steps they’re taking are really worth something—and there is nothing more galvanizing than that.