July 2, 2014 | Luke

This study of long-term motivation in army cadets doesn't completely surprise me. I know that having personal reasons for a goal keeps me going longer than if I'm chasing a reward.

What is interesting is that if you focus too much on the external rewards it apparently counteracts your internal motivation. So the lesson for me is: if you want to succeed, be wary of daydreaming about all the cool rewards you might get.

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The study took 14 years of data from over 10,000 cadets.

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