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  • 1. Motivation and aspirations Some ideas on how to achieve your goals Nigel Gibson
  • 2. 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
  • 3. What we’ll be doing
    • Looking at goals and how to set them
    • Then looking at ways to work out how to achieve them
  • 4. 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!
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Steps
    • The steps to goals are called objectives
    • Because objectives are smaller – little gobbets of the goal – they are easier to “see”
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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….
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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)
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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!
  • 18. 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 ….
  • 19. Sometimes……..
    • Things don’t always go to plan
    • When things go wrong learn from the mistakes
    • Don’t fear failure (or success!)
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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………
  • 23. Falling Water
  • 24.
    • 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!
  • 25. Summary
    • Work out your goals
    • Set your objectives
    • Find out how to achieve them
    • Reach for the sky
  • 26. Any questions?
    • Thank you