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  • motivation is the experience of wanting something or wanting to avoid it.

  • When we study how we get motivated to learn, develop and succeed, we can identify two contrary forces extrinsic and intrinsic ones.

  • On the one hand, we want to belong, desire to be loved and seek to get the attention we think we deserve.

  • We are motivated, extrinsic Li Bai rewards in order to progress socially.

  • On the other hand, we strive to explore things that are satisfying in themselves, disregarding rewards.

  • We are motivated, intrinsically by a natural curiosity, which we follow because it feels right.

  • The opinions of others don't matter.

  • To understand why we probably need a good mix of both.

  • Let's imagine 24 year old Children both grow up in families that want only the best for their kids but have completely opposing views on how to motivate them to succeed.

  • Tom's parents believe that all their boy needs is love to not undermine his intrinsic interests.

  • They never praise him or use rewards.

  • Eventually they decide not to give him any feedback at all, fearing it could corrupt his free mind.

  • Mhm over the years, Tom develops an immense capacity to imagine spending most of his time playing by himself by being allowed to follow his passions.

  • He learns what he likes and what he doesn't.

  • But Tom doesn't learn what others expect and gets easily irritated when asked to do something in a particular way.

  • Mm Mira's parents believe that their precious little girl needs clear rules about what's good and what's not.

  • They see it as their duty to help Mira learn by providing precise and actionable feedback on all aspects of her young life.

  • Mira spends her days in preschool music and ballet lessons.

  • Over the years.

  • She gets exceptionally good at the things that please the adults around her.

  • However, since there is neither time to play nor to relax, she doesn't discover her own interests.

  • Being alone bores her.

  • At 14, Tom is independent and begins writing science fiction.

  • He realizes that he isn't quite like his friends and spends most of his time at the library when he shares his writing.

  • Others can't quite relate at the same age.

  • Mira is at the top of her class and has plenty of friends and admirers.

  • She knows what is expected of her and makes sure to meet those expectations.

  • Sometimes the pressure becomes unbearable, although that's her secret by the day he turns 21.

  • Tom has a unique perspective of the world.

  • He is intelligent but doesn't like to work for money and hence is always broke.

  • He hates the idea of conforming to conventional norms and is annoyed if someone interferes with his creative expression.

  • What at this point, Tom knows a lot about himself but doesn't connect well with others.

  • To him, people seem to follow rules without questioning them, just like sheep.

  • Integrating into the society is difficult at this point, and he begins to search for Utopia.

  • Yeah, Mira makes it into a top medical school, where she realizes she'll never be top of the class again.

  • Once that place seems out of reach, her motivation drops, and she wonders if medicine actually interests her.

  • Since quitting is no option, she takes up a second major and runs for student council president.

  • Soon, Mira will know everything about what others expect, but nothing about what she likes for herself.

  • All her life, she has just listened, driven by external feedback loops.

  • At this point, she's almost lost the ability to question the norms of the society she grew up in listening to.

  • Our heart can tell us who we are, but not how to be happy among others.

  • Listening to others can motivate us to be a part of their world, but doesn't teach us if that world is ours.

  • This is why it's probably good for the two to go together.

  • Then we can learn what we want and get the feedback we need in order to stay motivated to explore new roads into a better society.

  • A large body of research shows that balancing the two forces is not straightforward.

  • One meta analysis of 128 studies examined the effects of extrinsic rewards on intrinsic motivation.

  • While most rewards significantly undermined our intrinsic interest, positive feedback, which is an extrinsic motivator, inspires us to keep going.

  • Put simply, honest words of encouragement get us going while money or gifts undermine our inner drive.

  • What about you?

  • Do you listen to your heart or to the voices of society and from your personal experience, which of the two eventually takes your decision?

  • Share your thoughts and check the description to dive deeper into the topic.

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motivation is the experience of wanting something or wanting to avoid it.

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Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation: Are You Listening or Following Your Heart?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/01
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