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Skill and motivation

Skill and motivation

  • We understimate how the quality of our goals offects our motivation.
  • Skill is the beating heart of high motivation. The more skill we have for the task at hand. the easier it is to do a good job.
  • It makes sense that we are highly motivated to do things we're good at. Good performance provides good feedback, placing us in a contantly reinforcing feedback loop.
  • Insufficient skill practically preordains our marginal motivation.

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