What Keeps A Person Motivated Long After The Initial Motivation Dries Up And Blows Away? Another trick question. The initial motivation can never dry up and fade away. This is one of life’s toughest lessons to learn. Find a million ways to keep it alive, or you become a statistic in the wrong column. You know this. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.