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Motivation - The Sussex Downs cut

Motivation - The Sussex Downs cut



Version of "Motivation" show as used 19/05/08 at Sussex Downs College

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    • Motivation and aspirations Some ideas on how to achieve your goals Nigel Gibson
    • What is motivation?
      • An incentive for doing things, it directs our behaviour and is why we do things.
      • In part it’s related to our concept of self and who we are (and want other’s to think we are)
      • Argyris talks of “psychological success” which is experienced if:
        • We set a challenging goal for ourselves
        •    We determine the methods of achieving that goal
        •    The goal is relevant to our self concept
    • What we’ll be doing
      • Looking at goals and how to set them
      • Then looking at ways to work out how to achieve them
    • Goals
      • It’s easier to achieve something if you know what you want to achieve
      • That might sound obvious but…..
      • Unless you decide where you are going it’s difficult to know how to get there!
    • Setting goals
      • A Goal should be SMART
        • S PECIFIC – Does it define a clear, precise outcome, rather than a single vague intention?
        • M EASURABLE – How will you know when achieved the objective, what noticeable change will you expect?
        • A CHIEVABLE – Is it possible for you to do it?
        • R EALISTIC – Are you confident that you will have the commitment to see it through?
        • T IME LIMITED – Does it include a date/time when you should achieve it
    • Steps
      • The steps to goals are called objectives
      • Because objectives are smaller – little gobbets of the goal – they are easier to “see”
    • An example Concorde 001 took off on it’s maiden flight on 2 nd March, 1969 flown by Andre Turcat. It first flew faster than the speed of sound on 1 st October, 1969
    • Concorde
      • First supersonic passenger aircraft
      • Flew a transatlantic service for 27 years
      • Cruised at 2.04 times the speed of sound for optimum fuel consumption (1,350 mph)
      • Pioneered a number of new technical developments
    • But it didn’t just arrive
      • Some of the steps include the work of Sir Isaac Newton in 1687 and Daniel Bernoulli in 1739
      • That’s a while before Concorde flew!
      • I’ll come back to Sir Isaac later
      Apples – that’s all anyone remembers
    • Bear in mind
      • I’m only showing one path through the developments and I’m focussing on fixed-wing, heavier than air, powered flight
      • If I looked at the history of gliders, balloons or rotary winged (helicopters) aircraft the histories would coincide in places but they would follow a different path – that’s important to consider
    • Fast forward
      • 17 th December, 1903. Two brothers who had been working for years at building a flying machine faced failure because they had promised their father that they’d be home for Christmas
      • They were in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina and had to get back to Dayton, Ohio
      • They had been there for weeks but hampered by mechanical problems, bad weather and a crash
      • The weather was still bad but they decided to risk everything on one last chance….
    • First flight With Wilbur at the wingtip Orville piloted the “Wright Flyer” for 120 feet on a flight lasting 12 seconds. Later flights on the same day lasted longer and were further, the longest being 200 feet at an of about 10 feet off the ground
    • Even faster forward
      • Within 15 years of the Wright brothers flight the Royal Airforce was formed (1 st April, 1918)
      • Aircraft had already been fighting over the trenches of the Somme
      • The first jet turbine-equipped aircraft was the Heinkel He 178 and flew in August 1939
      • Wars are very good at accelerating technical developments
    • Timeline
      • Concorde flew 30 years after the first jet aircraft
      • 66 years after the first heavier than air, powered, manned flight
      • 230 years after Bernoulli’s Theory
      • 282 years after Newton’s First Law
      • But without them it wouldn’t have happened (in the way it did – it might have happened but in a different way)
    • Big house, villa, car, etc
      • To get where we’re going we need to break it down into steps (objectives)
      • And then look at routes to those objectives
      • Let’s look at an example
    • Planning Goal: Well paid job Identify jobs Talk to friends Use the web Adverts Get qualifications Skills Driving licence? ? IT? You might think that some of these tasks are in the wrong order but we’re trying to catch all the things that are linked at this point
    • Qualifications
      • I’ve left that blank on purpose
      • We sometimes find that what we have isn’t what we need
      • Don’t think that what you have is all you can ever get – think about how you might add to and improve your skills
      • Throughout your life!
    • Your goals
      • Think about your goal for being successful in your degree
      • Think about some of the steps – write them down
      • Think about how you might achieve those steps
      • try and fit this into SMART ….
    • Sometimes……..
      • Things don’t always go to plan
      • When things go wrong learn from the mistakes
      • Don’t fear failure (or success!)
    • An iteration
      • Of course it’s easy to look back, as we did with the Concorde example, and pick what the critical path events were (and there were lots more)
      • But if you talk to anyone about how they did something they will be able to pick out the key events
      • Newton said he saw so far because he “stood on the shoulders of giants” – use what other people have learnt whenever possible
    • Try it
      • Think about something you want to achieve
      • Think about some of the steps – write them down
      • Think about how you might achieve those steps
    • Some thoughts
      • “ I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison
      • “ Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison again
      • “ I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright. He was an architect and designed………
    • Falling Water
      • And he did it by working hard and planning and using the work of others – including Newton – and testing and iterating
      • And being jolly good at maths!
    • Summary
      • Work out your goals
      • Set your objectives
      • Find out how to achieve them
      • Reach for the sky
    • Any questions?
      • Thank you