Today I scared the you-know-what out of my co-worker. While finalizing the 2012 budget for our company, I mistakenly quoted his salary as being considerably lower than what he’s currently being paid. After sedating him (kidding), I began thinking about what motivates me as a, “traffic person.”

Is it fame? In my 10+ years of traffic management, I’ve never once had someone stop me on the street and say, “Dawn Travelstead? I know you! You’re the Traffic Manager everyone is talking about!”

Is it respect? While I appreciate knowing my peers value me as a member of the team, I’ve never been one to covet respect from others. After all, aren’t we in this thing called, “advertising” together?

Is it fortune? How many Traffic Managers do you know who drive a Rolls-Royce? I’ll stick with my “soccer mom” mini-van, thank you very much.

Being part of something great.

That’s what motivates me. It’s not about the accolades or material things. It’s about being part of something bigger. It’s about knowing that my actions, day-in and day-out, affect not only the people around me, but this organization as a whole; whether positively or negatively is entirely up to me.

What’s YOUR motivation?

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