There are many aspects of life more valuable than business. For instance, I'm not married to work. I'm married to my wife. My wife and kids - my family and many other things matter most and much more than work and what I do for a living. However, who says business can't be fulfilling?
Since 2002, when I named our main company One-on-One AS, this simple philosophy has truly kept me going:
Making a solid difference in the life of one person at a time.
For instance, today I did another full day of training from morning till evening. Witnessing individuals participating nervously in role-plays and dramatically improving by leaps and bounds during just one day is something that gives life purpose and meaning. Positive feedback is nice, but nothing beats actual change - when someone moves from ineffective to effective patterns of behavior. It's one of the basic sources of motivation for me.