Motivation is a natural driving force. As stated by Psychology Today, it's a desire to do things. You want to enjoy yourself, increase your acclaim, delight others - the list goes on. There are times where people lack motivation to do things. Is it being preoccupied by other things, exhausted from others that drain our energy or maybe it's just not worth the outcome? Motivation just isn't there when we may need it from others and ourselves.
There are a few things that create motivation. Passion or love can be a determining feeling that feeds motivation. The most important aspect is to create motivation for others. But how do you light a burnt match for someone else? You just can't always inspire others or yourself on a whim.
I struggled with this concept because I knew at a time in my life that I could be as passionate as ever about something, but others just fade away in the background leaving me to dry. And it's not always for something very serious - a school project that classmates just don't want to do, a social gathering where others would rather not go to, etc. The main factor in those regards is you can train yourself and you can train others. But not to always be motivated, but to be disciplined. I've tried to chase down a source for the below comment, and forgive the language, but I've found this tumblr with the quote:
It's fickle and unreliable. It can be a burning force of a thousand suns but last only an hour. You may think you will be motivated to do something and then find out you just can't muster the energy, attention and dedication you may need. Something becomes too tough and motivation will soon depart. Motivation is for the things that you want to do, not those that you have to do to be successful.
I've recently discovered this philosophy about discipline and find it highly intriguing and forgive the irony, but it's motivating. Nobody wants to do the laborious chores of cleaning dishes, washing laundry, cutting grass, but we do it anyways because we're disciplined. And that's how people become productive - because we know we should.
Going back through my old blog posts and class discussions had made me realize a few things. One being that I've developed an affinity with visual communications. Another, that I've got a natural inclination for a strength of editing. Everyone starts somewhere and I love refining and drilling down into what makes good content. The first step though, is often the hardest and I struggle with that.
Looking at my first blog post, Exploring Rhetoric, I talk about what Rhetoric is. Here's a quote:
Going back to what I said, this took multiple rewrites for it to come out comprehensible. I believe my first draft was "It's all of language, everything you say and how you say it." But to extrapolate on that point is what people really want to read. People like connections, constructs, ideas and comparisons to really visualize messages.
Looking at a 2017 mid-semester blog post, What Jeep Stands For, made me think of a few things. One, I know my connection to Jeep (I own a Wrangler and love it) but how do I connect others to the brand? And what happens to content over time? I'll leave it as an example, but you'll see that some videos have become unavailable - they were Superbowl ads. This is a constant concern for an ever-changing medium. One must treat content as ever-present and as soon as it seems outdated, it's irrelevant and effects the credibility of the entire author. This may affect my credibility to my peers and readers.
I see myself as a critic more than an author. I'm so much more a refiner than a creator. I'm much better at editing than a producer. But through my natural skills I can critique myself. I've learned that it takes time, patience, and most of all persistence. To truly make content that other people will like, you must first dislike it. You have to reform it, mold it into something new.
So I will continue to remold what I make and try to review, revisit, and resubmit as much as I can. Digital content doesn't stop when you submit "publish." It stops when it is no longer visited and who knows when that may be? So while I continue to persist to push content out, I urge anyone else who wants to create content to do so as well.
Even though I work at Lenox, I never really venture inside. I'm more concerned about making money there instead of spending it. So I decided to walk around and experience that patented Lenox Mall vibe I see others do all the time.
Working at Lenox I see some crazy things. Here's a bit about my place of work.
Here's an infographic about Lenox and some useful information if you're not a seasoned Lenox Mall veteran.
Lenox Square Mall
I work at Lenox Mall as a valet. I never really ventured much into Buckhead besides the bars and picked up a job at the behest of a friend. After a while I met all sorts of people.
Lenox is more interesting than your average mall just by the people who go there and the buildings that surround it. It's like it's own little mini-city. The name Buckhead comes from a man called Henry Irby. He owned the land and put a tavern and general store on what would become today's Buckhead. He mounted a giant buck's head in his tavern and soon enough, people started to cling onto the name.
Lenox is also known for plenty of events it hosts - the Peachtree Road Race, exotic car shows, and the celebrations for 4th of July, Christmas, and New Year's.
I mainly work outside, so for this project I wanted to delve deeper and get other angles.
Some days the mall can be extraordinarily busy, or fairly calm. I would recommend going through google for their hours to know what to expect. There's plenty of offerings in the mall to choose from, but there's also more in the surrounding area. Around Lenox has even more if the mall doesn't have what you need.
Simon Property Group owns both Lenox and Phipps Plaza, a sister mall to Lenox right across the street. A lot of people will valet at Lenox thinking it's got the store they need when it is at Phipps. Be sure to always check and here's a list of Phipps stores!
Driving through Buckhead is a whole other story. It's basically what you would expect out of the city and more. Plenty of shops, one after another for food, clothes, services, accessories, etc. A lot of people take pride in living or working in Buckhead just for the affluent attitude and surroundings it's known for.