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A Memoir and Activities
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.

friendship, and the trials and challenges of trying to be a fine teacher. Once I turned toward psychology in graduate school, vital engagement set its anchor resulting in my decision at 31 to lead an intrinsically motivated, professional life. I’ve followed it ever since with transformative learning often

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capital and economic productivity. One of the invitations that changed the direction of my life came in 1985 from the British Columbia Institute of Technology ( bcit ). While living in Milwaukee, I travelled on a regular basis to Vancouver to work with a caring and diligent band of professional educators

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singular theme or exploring an aspect of the memoirist’s life in depth. In Part 1 of Living a Motivated Life: A Memoir and Activities , I consistently spotlight how intrinsic motivation for learning became a valued trait and interacted with transformative learning to influence my personal development

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over the evening. Being with her at such times was one of the things I missed when I left. There was no drama or heavy insights, just a kind of proximity of love for each other without ever having to say it. Looking back, “doing the dishes together” reflects so much of our life—the gentleness of her

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-regulated learning, 18 an essential characteristic of self-motivated, life-long learners. Another significant advantage I had in developing motivation to learn was the harmony between what my parents wanted from me as a student and what my teachers expected from me. There was no doubt in my mind that at the top

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motivation with culture as a central aspect of it. ∵ At Antioch, in 1991, I met Margery Ginsberg. Teaching with her changed the course of my life personally and professionally. What appealed to me most about Margery as an instructor was how she answered difficult questions about race and inequity: with

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service or married, living with your parents before turning 25 was the norm. The worst fate was to be an unnecessary burden to your family. Losing your job was grim, but not looking for work after losing it was a crisis, intolerable for those I loved most. These rules seemed fair to me. Living paycheck to

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didn’t believe in a heaven to end their lives with a reward. Fulfillment of life was in the living of it. They would have had plenty of use for a few skilled psychologists. I think you’ll be good. Your first instinct is usually to try to understand. I think that’s fundamental to this work.” Then, with

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mate who also went to Wayne, affirmed our mutual distress as he unwrapped the wax paper around two bologna sandwiches, “It’s like living in an emergency ward and being on life-support. You could tank out any moment. Miss an assignment, flunk a test, and you’re a goner. Like the grim reaper, the Big F

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