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2 types of motivation explained

By Chris Cebollero

Motivation is the core to being successful. It drives passion, gives joy when goals are met, and gives us optimism in the face of failure.

Self-motivated leaders have a tendency to peruse goals with energy and persistence. Hallmarks of a self-motivated leader include a strong drive, clear visions, and resounding commitment to an organization. Self-motivated leaders are forever raising the performance bar, and are competitive with not only themselves, but with their peers.

Motivation comes from two places:

  • Intrinsic motivation: This is when motivation comes from "internal" factors to meet personal needs. We do things we do because we enjoy them,  not because we have to. Intrinsic means internal or inside of yourself; when you are intrinsically motivated, you enjoy an interest, a course of study or skill development solely for the fulfillment of education and having fun. EMS is a career field that really touches our intrinsic motivation. We’re not going to retire with mansions or private jets; instead we get our satisfaction  from helping others and being the best part of their worst day.

    Examples include exploring opportunities for personal development for the satisfaction of being competent in a task, or setting the standards to become a role model or mentor. Whatever you take on, you do it for personal accomplishment and gratification. 
  • Extrinsic motivation: This is when motivation comes from "external" factors that are given or controlled by others. Salary or praise are good examples. This type of motivation is everywhere and frequently used within society.

    When you are motivated to perform, achieve, learn or do something based on a highly considered outcome, rather than for the fun, development or personal fulfillment, you are being extrinsically motivated.
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