motivation

  

Definition

Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.

Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or her peers. These factors are the reasons one has for behaving a certain way. An example is a student that spends extra time studying for a test because he or she wants a better grade in the class.


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  • The applicant's casual attitude and unprofessional attire at the interview made it obvious to the selection committee that he lacked the proper motivation of a serious candidate.

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  • When working on a large project we had a short deadline but they offered such a large bonus to finish early we found the motivation to get it done.

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  • Motivation among high school seniors drops significantly after spring break so it is imperative that we find fun and engaging topics for our lessons.

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