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Drive Is The Inspiration To Never Quit

August 24, 2017 Silvia Damiano

As a child, was there anything that you really, really wanted? Maybe it was something tangible, like a new bike or a treehouse. Or maybe you wanted to earn something, like a spot on the cheerleading squad or valedictorian. Whatever it was for you, did you make it? Did you feel the drive needed to be successful, even as a child?

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When you think of prima ballerinas, do you imagine the glitzy costumes and the women who float effortlessly in the air? When you enjoy ballet, you are actually seeing the culmination of years of effort behind the scenes.

Ballerinas are often taught from a very young age, and few are accepted into the most elite training programs. These girls learn how to eat and how to prepare their bodies and minds. It takes a supreme level of dedication to maintain this training. The little girls watch their idols and dream of being Juliet or the Sugarplum Fairy. 

Why do we, as humans, push ourselves?

The ugly reality is that being a world-class dancer exerts a toll on the human body. When dancers are en pointe, or on their toes, their entire weight is supported by an elongated foot in a pointe shoe. Dancing in this manner can stress the feet and cause injuries to bones and toenails. 

But these girls do it anyway. They want to. They press on and move forward. They wrap their bleeding feet and wipe away tears and don't complain. They love the sport, and they yearn to dance.

Why? Why would anyone want to push their bodies so hard? From an Olympic athlete to a person trying to run their first marathon, the desire to achieve the goal is what drives them. 

The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on. 

Barack Obama

What is Drive?

Drive is having the energy and motivation to propel you forward in life. It is linked to creativity and innovation, giving you the inspiration for new ideas. You want to be the best version of yourself that you can be, and in turn, help others to be the best version of themselves. A positive mental state and a healthy diet are important to maintain the drive needed to thrive in today's Imagination Age.

How Drive relates to Innovation

Drive is one of the 4 pillars under the competency of Innovation in the i4 Neuroleader Model. Learning how to develop the strength and perseverance to pursue any ideas that you are passionate about, will help you create an innovative mindset. 

The i4 Neuroleader Program explores how optimism, resilience and determination are the key ingredients that you can learn to master, if you want to enhance the drive needed for your work or life projects.

i4 Neuroleader Model Framework© Silvia Damiano • The About my Brain Institute

5 Tips for Drive

  1. Use language that builds up
  2. Stop criticising others
  3. Visit a good doctor if you feel fatigued
  4. Study the life of successful people
  5. Consider life obstacles as learning


While daydreaming and having dreams is important, drive helps us fulfil our dreams. Even if you didn't make the squad or become a prima ballerina, you could still bring back that sense of desire and purpose.

Drive helps us accomplish feats that improve our work and personal lives, and pushes us to achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Enhance your Drive  Ever wondered how to build the pillars of drive in your life? New advances  from different scientific fields are helping us better understand how our  brains and bodies function and the incredible impact they have on the way we  lead.  Learn how our i4 Neuroleader Program can help develop your personal leadership. Download Program Guide

Silvia Damiano

Silvia Damiano

Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker. Silvia is the Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute, creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and director of the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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