Self Direction & Motivation

Self Direction And Motivation


What motivates you? Is it money, purpose or something else? According to Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs), before we progress towards self – actualization (growing and developing to reach our individual potential), our basic needs of security, identity and stimulation have to be met.

Consider this in the learning context. Learning is rarely effective without motivation, so how do you first motivate learners?

The answer, it turns out, is they can do it for themselves to a large extent.

Daniel Pink dismisses the carrot-and-stick approach in his book ‘ Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’ and tells us to forget all we think about motivating people. He believes that in today’s world, the secret to high performance and satisfaction is the profoundly human need to direct our own lives, learn and create new things, and do better for ourselves and the world.

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