Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations in Life and Work
Ryan and Deci (2000) define intrinsic motivation as “doing something because it is inherently interesting or enjoyable,” (p. 55). Our world contains examples of passionate individuals who spent countless hours working, designing, and creating for the …show more content…
8). Therefore, it is important to recognize that variability shapes our unique backgrounds, experiences, perceptions, and motivations. As our personalities are highly variable, so are the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations which guide our behavior and decisions.
Ryan and Deci (2000) suggest, “it is critical to remember that intrinsic motivation will occur only for activities that hold intrinsic interest for an individual,” (p. 60). Although it may seem like common sense, I have found there have been many times when the activities that I participate in do not align with my intrinsic motivation and life purpose. For example, I was asked to serve on the board of an educational technology organization in my community; however, I found this task draining and uninteresting because I tend to dislike political endeavors. I have found that when I stay true to my life’s purpose, I tend to feel more intrinsically motivations; however, it is important to remember that our levels of intrinsic motivation will decrease in adulthood because we often have to participate in tasks that we are forced to do for a separate reward. Focusing on the task rather than my feelings of discontent is an area where I will need to grow to improve and impact the lives of