Day #18: Brendon Daugherty

Levelin’ Up

Brendon Daugherty, Flexin’ on all of us
The source of my motivation definitely stems from little sound clips that used to play whenever my character would get enough experience points to level up. When I find myself losing motivation for a task, I try to identify the exact lessons, and skills that I can gain by doing it. By focusing on improving myself, rather than some end product, the purpose of the action often becomes much more apparent, and it is easier to fully apply myself.

Growth First, Not Results

Brendon Daugherty has got to be one of the most driven guys I know. After upwards of 6 hours coding, sitting at a computer working hard and grinding, I can barely stand on my own two feet; yet somehow, Brendon still has another 4 hours left in the tank. This is a man of incredible stamina, strength and compassion unrivaled by us mere mortals. Always supportive and understanding, Brendon knows how to bring the best out of the people around him no matter the situation.

What Brendon’s motivation means to me is an innate desire I see in Brendon often: Aggressively learning from everything around him and not getting caught up in the end result. His enthusiasm in the face of any challenge showcases this; Some of Brendon’s favourite catchphrases are “lets do MORE” or “I’m DOWN”. By focusing on the growth and tools earned by facing a challenge, it becomes a lot easier to quantify the benefits received once the challenge is overcome. These concrete and intimately personal rewards have a stronger and longer impact than any short-term achievement can supply. I want to see more of this in myself, and the next time I am faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge (my stats homework) I will try to look for the concrete benefits I can get from it to improve myself (still undetermined).

I’m attempting the 100 days challenge, featuring 100 of the friends I made over the years and learning about what motivates them. Read more about it here