1.1 Backgrounds of the Study
Why does somebody do something? Why do people go to work? Why do we go to college? There are many reasons why we do such things. Somebody does something because he/she wants something to be done, reached, and else. People go to work because they want to earn money, to spend their times, to increase their societal status, and else. We go to school because we need knowledge, or maybe we just want to do our obligation to fulfill our education status. The reasons here can be said as goals. All of those examples make us learn that there must be something drives them to do something besides the goals we have said above, it is a motivation.
For more details about motivation, we can do one thing that is asking any person who is successful in whatever he or she is doing, what motivate him/her, and very likely, the answer will be ‘goals’. Goal setting is extremely important to motivation and success. So, what motivate you? Just like what we have talked above, why are you in college? If you are in college because that is what your parents want, you may find it difficult to motivate yourself.
Someone will have a higher motivation if he is offered by a reward. For example, a student will have a higher motivation to study when his father promises to give him a car if he graduates soon. However, an article found in
http://www.princeton.edu.rbenobou/RES2003.pdf said that motivation is something which comes from within really makes the difference. Further the article says that certainly, you need some intelligence, knowledge base, study skills, and time management skills, but if you do not have motivation, you would get far from reaching your success.
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