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When we were kids, the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was common. Every adult would ask, and the beauty of childhood is that any answer is correct. Astronaut, actor, pastor, or gardener, anything is possible. So what changed when we grew up?


Obviously, for some of us, things like astronaut is off the table by now, but the vast majority of jobs are still possibilities. But what if you don’t know what you should be doing? People might say “follow your heart” but your brain and your heart speak different languages, and it might be hard to translate. The trick to discovering your direction, is to discover your motivation.

Emily Dickinson is a corporate life coach for Novus Global, and joined Mel and Jeziel in the studio to discuss her work. Part of her role is determining what motivates people. To achieve this, they use the Four I’s.

The Four I’s are four motivators. Most people fit one or two, and to fit all four is to lead a pretty extraordinary life. They are:

  1. Impact: Do you want to leave as big of a legacy as possible?
  2. Income: Are you more interested in the financial return of your work?
  3. Intimacy: Similar to impact, but on a smaller scale. Are you set on building good relationships?
  4. Integrity: Do you feel like whatever you do has to be true to your values? Artists are a good example of this

Once you’ve identified which of these categories you fit into, making the call on which avenue to pursue becomes a lot easier. Emily will be joining Mel and Jeziel every Thursday to explore more ideas from the world of motivation. If you want to hear more, check out the podcast below:

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