- spark /spahrk /
- survey /ser-VEY/
- relevance /REL-uh-vuhns/
- theoretical /thee-uh-RET-i-kuhl/
- ultimately /UHL-tuh-mit-li/
[noun] – a feeling or quality that causes excitement
The spark of ambition was evident in the learners’ determination to succeed.
[verb] – to ask people questions in order to find out about their opinions or behavior
The marketing team will survey potential customers to gather insights on the new product launch.
[noun] – the degree to which something is related or useful to what is happening or being talked about
The relevance of the topic lies in its potential to improve the quality of life for people and its impact on various aspects of society, such as the economy, environment, and culture.
[adjective] – based on the ideas that relate to a subject, not the practical uses of that subject
The theoretical framework provided the foundation for the research, as it helped to understand the underlying concepts that govern the phenomenon under investigation.
[adverb] – finally, after a series of things have happened
Ultimately, the success of a business depends on its ability to adapt to ever-changing market trends and meet the needs of its customers.
“Patricia Chen, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States, conducted a study about it. To find out, she first surveyed 316 undergraduates from various academic disciplines about the ways their passion for their subject had changed over time. From the hundreds of responses, the researchers identified five common strategies that the students claimed had raised their motivation. They were:
• Recognizing personal relevance: For example, a business student can consider how their theoretical understanding might aid them in starting a business.
• Recognizing societal relevance: A student can consider how the subject might aid in their understanding of the world and how that understanding might ultimately help others.
• Building familiarity: Learning something new can stimulate someone’s interest in learning more as they become aware of new areas of interest, and just the accomplishment of making progress and completing challenging tasks can be gratifying in and of itself. So, someone who lacks motivation might search for fresh approaches to expand their skill set.
• Gaining practical experience: Many of the students discovered that internships and work experiences boosted their motivation for their academic studies.
• Finding mentors and changing the environment: Students could proactively look for lecturers who inspire them or friends who can make their work more enjoyable.
In conclusion, you don’t have to change careers. These strategies can all help reignite your passion and motivation. Remember, passion is not something that you either have or don’t have; it’s something that can be developed and nurtured over time.
- What are some other strategies you believe can help an individual re-ignite their passion for their work? Please elaborate on your answer.
- How can you develop and nurture your passion over time?
- If the study by Patricia Chen were to be replicated, do you think the results would support the idea that passion for a subject can change over time?
- Do you agree that seeking out mentors or changing your work environment can help rekindle your passion for your work?
- Can you give an example of how gaining practical experience in a field can boost motivation for academic studies related to that field?