Sometimes it’s the outside factors — those things that are outside our direct realm of control — that can motivate us the most.

Of course there’s no denying that personal goals are certainly important to staying motivated and pushing toward success in our personal and business lives, but sometimes there are things thatforce us into situations that push us to make decisions we might not have otherwise.

It’s almost like a “sink or swim” type scenario in which you have to succeed or face consequences you’d rather not contemplate.

The following are a few of the outside factors that could push people toward furthering their own educational and personal goals when they might not have found the motivation to do so otherwise.

The Great Recession

While “The Great Recession” came with a multitude of downsides, including many a retirement account that was nearly cut in half, in some ways, the economic downturn has forced people to consider options such as furthering their education.

With the economy in the dumps and unemployment high, for some, there choice to push forward with their educational advancement might have been made easier, as job options were at a premium, and the educational standards necessary to attain those jobs might have been pushed higher.

A Child

Having another mouth to feed other is certainly a great motivator.  Knowing that there is a child or children who are dependant upon you can be added pressure, but also act as additional motivation to move forward with furthering your education.

Knowing that there is someone other than you whose like you could make better through making a greater success of yourself and creating a more secure financial environment by way of a better job attained with an increased educational background could help motivate you to consider an advanced degree program.

A Job Loss

When you are working a regular job, that steady paycheck can act as a nice safety net to fall back upon, but sometimes, that’s just the problem; knowing that a paycheck was going to be there every two weeks can breed complacency.

It’s not necessarily that you’re lazy or anything like that, but that reliable income may not do much to help push yourself to explore new and different fields of work or interests by way of furthering your education.

Sometimes it can be the loss of a job — and the income associated with that job — that could really light a fire under you when it comes to pushing yourself harder toward a new educational and career endeavor.

Disclaimer: The author is not a licensed educational or financial professional.  The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, financial or educational advice.  Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.