Intrinsic vs Extrinic motivation

“Several years ago, I read an op-ed in The New York Times that described a study of 10,000 West Point cadets who were followed up for up to 14 years. They were asked as first-year cadets to describe their career goals.

Those who cited goals intrinsic to being an outstanding officer- developing excellence as a leader and communicator, earning the respect of the troops under their command- went on at much higher rates to earn commissions as officers, extend their service beyond the five-year minimum, gain early promotion to higher ranks, and report a high degree of satisfaction with their Army service.

Those who cited extrinsic goals -earning promotions and gaining status- were less likely to earn commissions and early promotions, or report a high-level satisfaction, leading them to terminate their service after the minimum five-year period at higher rates.”

If your goal is to incremental, patient, continual learning and development in critical skills and core competencies and you allow recognition, promotions, and financial rewards to be a natural result of the excellence you attain at core competencies. – you will be far more likely to experience success and satisfaction, and perhaps even attain eminence, in your field.

(P.444) -Terry Laughlin

Food for thought for you all.



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Purpose: I create an empowering context for curious and hungry people looking for fulfillment, experiences, and creativity. We do this by developing their growth mindset, introducing self-love, and powerful group experiences. It results in people with strong boundaries, resilient mental health, and practical life skills

People leave with the ability to land their dream job, have autonomy and flexibility with their lifestyle, travel the world, and create from their heart and soul.


Davidson was once broke, insecure, low-confidence, and frustrated by doing all the wrong activities. Addicted to drugs, validation, and wallowing in self-pity. No relationship to family, and at the mercy of other people’s suggestions and opinions.

It was hell.

After spending $100k hiring different coaches, traveling the world doing workshops around the world, reading>1000 books, and through curiosity, have created the most effective system to remove people from that situation. My life’s work is to bring joy and abundance to people who as on a similar path as I was and bring back the joy and abundance of their life.

Through shared experiences and storytelling, I inspire and model behaviors that lead to a richer, more fulfilled life full of joy, experiences, passion, and ecstasy from the richness of relationships and being able to experience the depths of the human experience.

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