What's your motivation?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1492
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    “Your salary's your motivation.” So said director Roman Polanski to Faye Dunaway when she asked him about her character's motivation in the film Chinatown. But when motivating ourselves and others to learn, should we take this approach too? Motivation is a fundamental factor in nearly everything that we do—be it going to work, learning, or going home in the evenings. So when deciding what learning you are going to do for yourself or arrange for others, you should look critically at motivation. If you don't your learners could become what Michael Barber calls the “disappointed, disillusioned, and disappeared.” He was referring to the large numbers of adults in Britain who have done little or no formal learning in the past four years.1

    Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic: an intrinsic source would be curiosity …

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