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In my January 21st “One Size Does Not Fits All” blog I listed several reasons to attend trade school. They were practical (hands-on education), measurable (less time and less money) but sometimes the real reasons originate intrinsically or fundamentally, and focus on the deeper and sometimes emotional forces.
Intrinsic Values Teach Discipline and Self-Determination
- It guides you in setting and achieving goals
- It provides satisfaction in the action itself
- It offers a sense of autonomy or freedom of choice
- It challenges you and your academic capabilities
According to a web-based survey of 2,500 college students, studies found students were motivated by:
1.) Autonomy – there’s something incredibly empowering about choosing a future: what you want to do, when you want to do it, and how you want it to play out.
2.) Competence – school “tests” your brain cells in more ways than one. You have an opportunity to not only expand your knowledge base, but share it among peers and with potential employers as you network.
Isn’t a job and a salary enough motivation to want to succeed?
Apparently not. Don’t get me wrong. Money is clearly a strong motivator, but today’s students want to feel and see the accomplishment. Teachers have to change the way they approach teaching as students look to internal rewards as they earn their degrees and prepare for a career.
Take a look at a few intrinsic incentives:
- Rethink reward
- Make mastery cool
- A higher purpose
- Education is a choice, not a requirement
- Expect to self-direct, not just comply
- Visualize and conquer
- Cooperate and compete
- Trust yourself to succeed
- Make the attainment of goals probable but uncertain
- Relate your achievement to your self-esteem
- Believe your work will lead to powerful effects
- Learn to compete against yourself
- Navigate the continuum of motivation
- Talk about it
- Model intrinsic behavior
These internal rewards are mighty powerful and provide an indefinable value. In fact, often times only you know about them, but they’ll take on an even stronger purpose if you share them with others. The more you involve a support network, the more likely you’ll reach your goals.