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Living a Motivated Life

A Memoir and Activities

Raymond J. Wlodkowski

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.
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Friendship, Discourse and Belonging in the Studio

The Experiences of ‘Non-Traditional’ Students in Design Higher Education


Samantha Broadhead

perhaps another one where moderation was required. Being able to judge and act well was seen as intrinsic to being a human and living a good life. How someone lived well was in some ways dependant on context and the particularities of the situations thrown up by life. For Ricoeur ( 1994 , p. 177) the

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Participation and Persistence

An Analysis of Underserved Students at UOIT


Alyson E. King, Allyson Eamer and Nawal Ammar

respond to this question. Living expenses were similarly a cause for concern with seven paying for living expenses mainly through government loans, three mainly by working part-time, seven whose parents paid for all living expenses, one who lived at home, and five who shared the cost with their parents

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Kaela Jubas

understand people’s choice to ghettoize, not to force, not to be segregated but their own choice. But it’s a difficult one. If you only live your life in separation, I understand it, but I think that, you know, coalition politics are rather important. But complicated! John understood himself as Othered in

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Peter Hussey

By the Imagination! Without the gleam of an impossible idea – Shakespeare’s ‘native hue of resolution’ 4 – or the thought to get to a place not yet here or now, the impulse to move cannot exist. Voluntary movement must be motivated by the idea of getting somewhere, even if the somewhere is