Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation verses Extrinsic Motivation Jakarla Watts Foundation of Online Learning American Public University Sharie Adamson

2 Every individual has goals and dreams they would like to accomplish. Sometimes it might be long term or short term achievements. The question is will the goal be achieve because the individual wants it or will it be achieve to win approval. Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is an individual motivation to accomplish a goal because they want it. Extrinsic motivation is an individual wanting to be rewarded for doing it. Motivation is used at work, home and school. Motivation is a close concept of Internal and External validation. Internal is the ability to feel good about the efforts toward a goal and external is a need for a person to seek approval from some other person. (Monica A Frank pg5). In our society our society today more people in a work place are using more Extrinsic than Intrinsic motivation. For an example Sally and Lucy has to write a proposal for construction job. Sally’s proposal is higher than Lucy. After the boss evaluation of the proposal, he chose Sally. He replied, Sally did not worry about the cost of material, she wrote with perfection. Sally’s motivation was intrinsic and Lucy was extrinsic because she wanted to be rewarded. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation is a balance in our life. It is easier for some people to be extrinsic than intrinsic. Some of people set goals that are unreasonable and unachievable.

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It is Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the home. Parents should begin teaching a child the importance of setting a goal and finishing the task. Teaching the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation will help a child to realize if they procrastinate the task will not be done. For instance give your child daily chores and a time to finish. It is for the individual to know which motivation is right for them. (Intrinsic verse extrinsic motivation, 2000). Husband and wife motivation are different. Such as football season the husband’s work around the house piles up if he does not get it done before the season begin.

4 Students are being taught in school more about extrinsic than intrinsic motivation. Teacher today are teaching children in order for them to be able to graduate and get high paying jobs. Extrinsic motivation on allow an individual to set aside their morals only to receive a reward. (Dan Pink 2008). Also a student with intrinsic motivation takes longer to achieve their goals than the student with extrinsic motivation. (Monica A. Frank pg.5). For an example a person with intrinsic motivation wants to feel good about their accomplishment. An extrinsic motivator allows themselves to rely up on other work therefore their reward will be an easy degree and no education.

5 References Schweine, Amy, Hemling, Larynx M (2011) Success and Motivation among College Students Monica A. Frank (2010)

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