Motivation and You

Motivation and You

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People do what they do for various reasons. Some people engage in certain activities for their own sake. This means that they those activities because it is fun. Others do it because it is challenging. The bottom line that these people do what they do because they love what they are doing (Cerasoli et al., 2014). Then, there is another group that does certain activities because they are motivated by the outcomes. For example, one may engage in a certain task to earn a reward or avoid being punished. This relates to my experience with my academic pursuits.

Unlike other people, when faced with academic, professional, and personal challenges, I am motivated by both extrinsic and intrinsic factors. First, I face these challenges because of the sense of personal satisfaction they bring. I enjoy doing tasks that the reward is the satisfaction of doing the activity itself. For example, I enjoy learning and expanding my knowledge. This intrinsically motivates me to face any academic challenges (Ryan & Deci, 2000).

However, I am also extrinsically motivated. There are some challenges I address to receive something. There are also several times I address challenges to avoid undesirable outcomes (Ryan & Deci, 2000). For example, although I enjoy learning, I love the reward that comes with good performance. This thought motivates me to face any academic challenge. Also, personally, there are some activities that I feel unmotivated to do at home. But, when I think about the consequences of not doing them, I feel motivated and start working on them. Therefore, when some people do things because of intrinsic or extrinsic motivation, I have a different experience (Ryan & Deci, 2000). Often, my motivation is a combination. I am intrinsically and extrinsically motivated.


Cerasoli, C. P., Nicklin, J. M., & Ford, M. T. (2014). Intrinsic motivation and extrinsic    performance: A 40-year meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 140(4), 980–1008.

Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivations: Classic definitions and            new directions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25(1), 54–67.