Motivation, according to psychology, is divided into intrinsic and extrinsic. While intrinsic motivation refers to the urge to do things from rewards inherent to a task or activity itself, extrinsic motivation comes from compulsion and the feeling that he or she wants to avoid threats or punishments.
For us, who are not psychologists, the line that separates those two types is obscure. One example is the motivation that drives ourselves to work everyday. It would be hard to distinguish that which kind it actually is. It can be extrinsic for some people if they are forced to earn money to feed their families and themselves. On the other hand, it can be intrinsic for those who are satisfied with their work and cannot pass a day without it. Anyway I believe that, in most cases, our motivation comes from both causes.
When I go to work, I always walk pass a school and see an fascinating scene. In front of the place, there are security guards who will take care of children who are crossing the street or getting out of their cars to enter the school. That having security guards doing these tasks is very common in Thailand. What is uncommon is that one of them is so friendly and outstandingly care the children like his own.
One day I learn that he is not hired but a volunteer one. This fact brings me out of curiousness but also brings me to another question “If everyone in the world works with the kind of motivation like this man, how faster will our society progress?”
Most people nowadays are driven unconsciously and mostly by extrinsic motivation. The notion that we will have a good life if we work hard is attractive one, and also suspicious one. Is it the belief that we should hold our faith?
The definition of ‘a good life’ is not something easily come by; however, I strongly believe that we can make our lives better with just a right motivation.