"People need motivation to do anything. I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation." — Jim Carrey
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Have you ever done something not necessarily because you wanted to do it, but because of what you received as a result?
You might think of the difference between someone who has a job not because they enjoy it but rather because of the money or the prestige that it provides.
This highlights the difference between intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation.
When we're extrinsically motivated, we only engage in an activity because of the pleasure we receive or pain that we avoid as a result.
Yet, when we're intrinsically motivated we gladly engage in the activity regardless of the reward. We do it because the activity itself is a source of joy.
I think of the intrinsic reasons that I began working on the project that one day became Hashtag Positivity. I would be doing this work whether anyone paid me for it or not. It's simply something that I take pleasure in regardless of the rewards.
Identifying your intrinsic motivations is one of the most important things you can do because once you have it and know how to leverage it, you never have to worry about motivation again.
What's fueling your motivation? What are you willing to give up in order to go up?
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.