What if, as psychologists and adult educators advocate, a person chose a life where his motivation for the work itself determined what he did?
Living a Motivated Life: A Memoir and Activities follows the author through forty years, revealing how he selected vocational pursuits guided by his understanding of
intrinsic motivation and
transformative learning. As a compass for relevant decisions, these ideas gave energy and purpose to how he lived, and an instinct as sure as sight for the future.
Written with nuance, humor, and unpredictability, this story renders how he came to appreciate learning for the pleasure of learning. Facing similar challenges as those of today’s first generation college students, the memoir narrates his unexpected college enrollment, his friendship with an ancient history professor, and his triumphs and travails as teacher, psychologist, human relations specialist, psychotherapist, and adult educator.
This is the first memoir of someone who consciously chose to lead a professional life to experience flow on a daily basis. It is an important step in the integration and evolution of intrinsic motivation theory and transformative learning. But it reaches beyond this outcome, sharing how the author aspired to be better at what he valued and showing how he discovered and extended these ideas to others.
Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D., (1970), Wayne State University, is Professor Emeritus (Regis University-Denver), scholar of adult motivation and learning, member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, and co-author of
Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn (4th ed., Jossey-Bass, 2017). Dr. Wlodkowski is the founding Executive Director of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) and the former Director of the Center for the Study of Accelerated Learning at Regis University. He is a psychologist and co-author of
Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and
Diversity & Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College (Jossey-Bass, 2009), winner of the
Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. His books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Dr. Wlodkowski has been the recipient of awards for teaching excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Antioch University-Seattle.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction
PART 1: Memoir
Real Life Education 2
Sister Mary Desiderata 3
Having a Ball 4
Doing Duty 5
Lucking Out 6
Learning to Flow 7
Transformative Friendship 8
Teacher Newbie 9
Teaching Troubles 10
There Are Ways 11
Entering a Life of Study 12
Human Relations 13
Therapy Lessons 14
Adult Learning 15
Perspectives and Connections 16
Conversations of Respect
PART 2: Activities
An Overview of Intrinsic Motivation, Flow, and Vital Engagement 18
Transformative Learning: A Partner to Intrinsic Motivation throughout Life 19
Learning to Evoke and Sustain Intrinsic Motivation with Transformative Learning
<>Notes and References
All interested in intrinsic motivation, transformative learning, adult learning and development, professional learning and training, social contribution and change, storytelling and memoir as means to greater agency, self-regulation, and fulfilment.