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Motivation is defined as the process that propels, directs, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is the driving force causing us to act. Most of our pursuits in life—everything from continuing our education so we can get a better job, to running or exercising to improve our health—are a result of the complex mix of emotional, social and intellectual forces that guide our behavior and professional achievement.

Motivation can be extrinsic, derived from anticipated rewards such as bonuses, social recognition, and professional degrees, or it can be intrinsic, driven from within, by such factors as the satisfaction one gets from acting ethically, or a sense of accomplishment from solving complex problems.

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