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Hunger as Motivation

Gahmya Drummond-Bey's Motivational Hunger Talk Nourishes the Soul

— May 8, 2014 — Keynote Trends
Gahmya Drummond-Bey suggests that we cultivate our lives in the same manner we plan our meals in her motivational hunger talk. She chooses to see hunger as a "delicious motivator," marveling at the ways in which this basic need for survival coerces us to seek immediate fulfillment.

In her youth, Drummond-Bey often had to contend with extreme physical hunger. Unable to nourish her body, she focused on nourishing her soul through creative thinking and self-instruction. Speaking from her experience, Drummond-Bey posits that hunger drives us towards action. Her claim is supported by a biological study which found that animal behavior is profoundly affected by the availability of food. Unsurprisingly, the hungrier the animal, the more risk it took with its hunting practices.

Later in life, Drummond-Bey was able to satisfy her physical hunger, but this came at the cost of her soul's nutrition. She suggests that a harmonious environment can produce a false sense of contentment. In order to continue to feed our souls, she advises us to look within our deepest struggles, for she believes they are inextricably linked with our purpose in life. Ultimately, Drummond-Bey imagines a world in which we allow hunger to happen for us, instead of to us.