*Warning this in not a motivational speech, however, it is a speech on motivation.
Motivation, motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. If you want to make things happen the ability to motivate yourself and others is a crucial skill. At work, home, and everywhere in between, people use motivation to get results.
The word motivation means different things to different people. It is not something that comes in a package or in a special offer. It is not a set factor. It is as individual as we are and comes from inside us. It is an inner energy that we must muster or find. It can be an extraordinary powerful force. Motivation is purely “thought.” The way we feel about something can sink us with into lethargy or drive us into a frenzy of activity. The motivation of single individuals can change the path of the world.
Ask any person who is successful in whatever he or she is doing what motivates him/her, and very likely the answer will be "goals". Goal setting is extremely important to motivation and success. So what motivates you? Why are you in college? If you are in college because that's what your parents want, you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Sure, it's possible to succeed with someone else providing the motivation for you. ("If you graduate from college, I'll give you a car!" or worse "If you don't graduate from college, you won't get a car.") But motivation that comes from within really makes the difference.
Certainly, you need some intelligence, knowledge base, study skills, and time management skills, but if you don't have motivation, you won't get far. Think about this analogy. You have a car with a full tank of gas, a well-tuned engine, a good set of tires, a CD system, and a sleek,...