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According to the Lexicon, motivation is a set of basic premises and values that move me into action. I consider myself an objectivist, and I recognize the fact that I have to work to live an independent life, but I have no motivation. I still do not know what I want to do for a career. I write things on my own time, but the goal of publishing a book or selling a screenplay is unrealistic. That is something I really want to do though, but everyone tells me it won't ever happen. I don't want to do anything else. In regards to writing something original, I am motivated. When it comes to my mom telling me to think "realistically" about my career, I cannot think of anything else I want to do. I wouldn't say I "refuse to think," but I will say that I think about refusing to pursue a career I don't want.

If I had to look at the situation from my mom's perspective, I'd have to say that the premise that she is acting on is that you should try to seek a job you enjoy, but you should take whatever job you have presented to you once you play your chips, even if you enjoy it or not.

UPDATE: She tells me that writing is a hobby, and that I need to pursue a career and learn a trade in college. I don't know what I want to do other than acquire a job in which I can write, and I have no interest in anything but politics, the economy, and cinematic entertainment. She tells me I'm going to end up being a Wall Street Protestor because I'm going to be a college graduate without a job. For the record, I would never go there to protest, and I completely disagree with that movement.

asked Feb 09 '12 at 15:53

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edited Sep 27 '12 at 00:26

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No More Mr Nice Guy

(Feb 12 '12 at 18:04) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image

  1. Get a job that will allow you to support yourself. You can still live with your mom. Just pay her the expected rent that you would normally pay if you were to rent a room and eat the food. This will allow you to have a baseline of pride from independence.
  2. Write your book. If you find pride in your book or screenplay then do it. Don't let her or anybody else dictate to you what a "realistic" career is. It's your life. As long as you're not a second-hander, you should be able to do whatever it is that you want with it.

If you want inspiration, here's a true story.

A young foreign immigrant woman came to the US in 1926 at the age of 21. While her goal was to be a writer, she had to take odd jobs to pay for her basic living expenses. It took her almost a decade to finally get her works published/produced. Through her own efforts, she managed to adopt such a strong grasp of the English language that she wrote several books that have inspired millions of people. You can read more about her here

Lastly, I'll leave you with this quote:

"If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it." — Frank Zappa

answered Feb 09 '12 at 22:41

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edited Feb 09 '12 at 22:52

I would also encourage Collin to read biographies of other writers, too, such as J. K. Rowling. From a very young age, Rowling, much like Ayn Rand, loved to make up stories and tell them to others, but she struggled mightily during the years of writing her epic, now famous seven volume work. Ayn Rand, too, was bubbling with story ideas when she escaped from Russia, even hiding outlines in her shoes, if I remember correctly.

(Feb 10 '12 at 02:07) Ideas for Life ♦ Ideas%20for%20Life's gravatar image

I really want to share this movie I made with my mom and dog with my fellow Objectivists. I'm posting it on this question because this, go figure, is what motivates me: making movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2ubIiL-BEw

(Feb 22 '12 at 22:33) Collin1 Collin1's gravatar image

Heh. If you like it, keep doing it.

(Feb 25 '12 at 01:06) Humbug Humbug's gravatar image

I like the way you used that quote...hehe

(Sep 27 '12 at 00:45) Twilightseed Twilightseed's gravatar image
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