In this course I got a whole new insight into Motivation. Too often we or should I saw I, look at motivation through too narrow of a perspective. From the start of this course we are shown how both nature and nurture affect our motivation. Learning the different between push, pull, reinforcers, punishers and incentive as well as our self interested Goals. Motivation can be both and bad as well see in the addiction chapter, as well as by the post which talks about the kid who sold his kidney for an I Pad2.
Properly motivating ourselves is an important skill for life. Procrastination and lack of motivation can hurt not only our goals, in succeeding, but in our personal lives as well.
In all that I’ve learned I really enjoyed finding out about Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation. So often it is over looked that autonomy alone is a powerful motivator. To be able to master a skill or be self sufficient is very important to us in life, but especially in the work place is over looked. I would take this a step further and look at kids. How often do you hear a little child say “I’m a big boy/girl, I can do it by myself”. Often times we focus on motivating people through external things (reinforcers and punishers) as opposed to looking at the powerful intrinsic motivation.
I also found this video and thought it was a great motivation video, you haven’t succeeded if you haven’t faced adversity.