Finally! I’m having a eureka moment! I now understand why my grades since college have been marginal! (Or at least I now have a legitimate excuse for why they’ve not been the best)…
According to this study, those who are intrinsically motivated have crappier GPAs than those who are extrinsically motivated! I’m no psychologist, this is only one study, (and I didn’t grow up in China) but I find it absolutely fascinating that those who are motivated by their own internal forces–to do something not just for the financial reward or the carrot at the end, but for their own love of it–do not get the best grades, yet can succeed.
Think about it – there are plenty of Bill Gates stories out there – college drop outs who I’m certain had an inferno of intrinsic motivation, yet, didn’t do well in school, because they just weren’t that into the carrot at the end. They created their OWN carrot.
So the only question that remains for those of us with marginal GPAs and a lot of intrinsic motivation – what would your personal carrot be?