Life, Liberty, & Happiness

Powering Your Mojo


hat differentiates truly successful people from everyone else? In my view—it’s a relatively simple answer.

Successful people spend a large part of their time engaging in activities that simultaneously provide meaning and are at the core of their strengths. They are driven from a deep level of internal passion – which motivates them to work while others are playing.  In other words, truly successful people have Mojo. The only person who can define meaning and build motivation for you is you.

My favorite “Mojo” definition comes from Marshall Goldsmith, business thinker extraordinaire. He says Mojo is “that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates outside.”

The reason I so relate is that our mojo is our inward driver – our source of motivation.  It’s a deep feeling of optimism about us and about our life.  It creates an internal feeling of confidence that radiates to the outside, impacting our work and all those around us.  It causes other people to want to be around us. It causes us to commit ourselves to causes, to create, to persevere.

You will never find an employer who will “motivate you.” That is a total fantasy. At best, a great boss or cause can support and help magnify your own intrinsic motivation.  At worst, a terrible boss or job can destroy your motivation.  But the only party that can produce motivation is you.

About Dr. Michael Burcham

Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.

“I built and sold a $40M company with Dr. Burcham as my mentor. This is the thing: if you EVER get the opportunity to learn from this man, from that moment forward, you’ll list him as one of the most influential people in your life, even if you live to be 90. And, you’ll know how lucky you were to have that opportunity and you’ll immediately say YES to any chance to be in his presence again—his wisdom is that impactful.”

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

Former CEO, Letter Logic

“If you are looking for a trusted mentor and coach for yourself or your leadership team, I highly recommend Michael Burcham. He has worked with me as my executive coach for well over a decade now. Our conversations and his feedback have helped me sharpen my critical thinking skills. He’s a trusted advisor that I can confidentially speak with about any issue—and I know I’ll get valued feedback. I highly recommend him.”

Ryan McGrath

CEO, Asset Living

“Dr. Burcham’s depth and breadth of experience makes even the most ADD entrepreneurial leader sit up and take notes! His coaching skills bring out the ‘best you’ possible. He selflessly shares the good, the bad, and the ugly—leaving you with an authentic and moving experience sure to spur action and professional growth!”

Julie Lenzer

Director, U.S. Department of Commerce


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