Our motivation can be external—provided or enforced by others—or internal, coming entirely from the self. Motivations can range from pursuing positive rewards to avoiding negative consequences, from focusing on what we want to achieve to how we want to achieve it. Understanding what truly motivates us and those around us can help us manage our time and efforts more effectively to accomplish our goals. We can struggle with finding our motivation, and we can struggle when we experience conflicting motivations, whether within ourselves or with others. Coming to terms with what we expect and desire from the world around us can help us find and hold true to powerful wells of energy and determination that allow us to keep moving forward, even when we get discouraged.
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What makes a person successful? For Professor Angela Duckworth, the answer is grit, an intangible trait that motivates passion and perseverance. In a study at West Point, Duckworth found that grit mattered more for success than leadership ability, intelligence and physical fitness.