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The implicit premise of the words “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” is that there are qualitatively different kinds of motivation , and the kind matters more than the amount. Even large quantities of the wrong kind (namely, extrinsic) do not bode well for the goals that matter. Thus, I like to tell teachers that they shouldn’t care how motivated their students are, just as managers shouldn’t care how motivated their employees are. What matters is not how motivated someone is, but how someone is motivated.

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Alfie Kohn


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