Q & A
A Interview with Annette Johnson, author of "What's Your Motivation"
Who is this book for?
This book is mainly for people whose lives are out of balance. What I mean by that is they are excessively good or bad, having habits, attitudes or inclinations that adversely affect their personal or professional lives. In fact, in the chapter on love, I describe a person who is an “overlover.” Basically, these are people who lack boundaries and allow their love interests to mistreat them. The book also targets people who are oblivious to their motivation and how it affects them. These people are easily manipulated and influenced.
How is it different than other books that help people find their purpose or become successful?
As it states in the preface, this book was written solely to help people uncover their motivation and the underlying values that promote it. It is not about finding your purpose or becoming wealthy. Motivation is an individual concept, but purpose is always about others. However, the two are not entirely separate because in identifying your motivation, you will discover if something is being done selfishly or selflessly. This is a key step in identifying one’s purpose.
You mentioned values. How do people’s values come into play?
Our motivation is based on what we value. For instance, if my motivation is to get to work on time every day, this may mean that I value punctuality or my employer’s assessment of me.
The book has a new chapter defining “motivation.” Should we expect anything different from what we already know about motivation?
What you’ll discover is a unique way of defining motivation that uses two key terms to create a motivational model or formula. This simple addition formula is graphically displayed throughout the book and altered according to a chapter’s particular theme. Doing this makes it easier to understand when discussing personality imbalances or alternatives perspectives. I was a teacher, so helping people to better understand and remember things is something I’m just used to doing. I tried to add as many simple examples, graphics and charts as I could so that readers come away feeling like they not only understand, but they can easily explain the concepts to someone else.
The book also has a new chapter on friends. Why is this important in uncovering one’s motivation?
I describe four types of friends: the needy, the networker, the neophyte, and the nurturer. Each one is distinct because their motivation for friendship is so very different. I provide examples so that people truly grasp that we have motives when forming friendships. Even people who say they don’t have or even want friends, have a motivation for doing so, which can affect their rate of progress and renewal.
How does knowing one’s motivation benefit people in their daily lives?
Knowing your motivation provides you the advantage of better understanding what things can and do drive you. Overcoming a bad habit or attitude takes daily practice, so knowing what you’ll need emotionally, physically or psychological is not only helpful, but it’s mandatory for lasting change. Also, once you understand how to identify and understand what drives you, then you’ll also be able to notice what drives other people. This will help people who need to understand how to communicate and interact with the most important people in their lives, such as employers, mates and children.
How will this impact the people who read it?
Simply put, this information will change how we think about or express the most important value in our lives – love.