Blog Post #471 Learning is Intrinsic

Coaching for Success:  Learning is Intrinsic

Now there is a word that doesn’t get used much!!  Intrinsic. What does that word mean? From the web, we get this definition:   belonging naturally; essential. And an example: “access to the arts is intrinsic to a high quality of life”.

Hmm – essential.  Essential!!! What does the word essential mean?  Absolutely necessary. Highly important.

Let’s add something to the mix:  Learning is intrinsic. Or, is you will – learning is essential.

From our blog link today, we have this “Intrinsic motivation occurs when we act without any obvious external rewards. We simply enjoy an activity or see it as an opportunity to explore, learn, and actualize our potentials.”  as well as this: “When you pursue an activity for the pure enjoyment of it, you are doing so because you are intrinsically motivated. Your motivations for engaging in the behavior arise entirely from within rather than out of a desire to gain some type of external rewards such as prizes, money, or acclaim.”.

We need to be lifelong learners – and we need to like to learn for our sakes – not for grades or rewards, but because we LOVE to learn.  In some respects it is like the getting out of our comfort zone – (but gently) – learning something new, stretching our brains, and growing mentally. 

I LOVE to learn – I learn something every day.  Learning is very intrinsic (essential) to me.  I get rewarded internally – not by tests or grades, but by the thrill of learning!!

So, is learning intrinsic for you?  Do you enjoy learning because you LOVE to learn?  When you read something (for fun), do you feel fulfilled? (Like reading this blog?)

What have you read (for fun) lately?  I’m ‘reading’ a Mary Higgins Clark audiobook now, after listening to Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I have two audiobooks on hold from the library.

Yes, learning is essential or learning is intrinsic!!!   WOOOO!!!


Posted by Bruce White

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