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There are many reasons a person will achieve a certain level of success based on the goals they have set for themselves They find something to motivate them as well as challenge them Some are motivated by internal factors and some by external factors and others by both There are many theories behind what motivates a person but what has motivated me according to the theories to return to college in pursuit of a bachelors degree There are many theories behind what motivates a person to set goals and then to achieve them Maslows Hierarchy of Needs Theory has five elements Physiological needs Security needs Belonging needs Esteem needs and self-actualization needs Maslow believed that each level of needs must be satisfied for the next level to become important In my case this theory is a pretty good fit The decision to go back to college did not come from the physiological security and esteem needs I already had a good job when I made the decision to return to school so my physiological and security needs were already met Belonging has never been an issue with me I am who I am and I will pretend for no one If someone doesnt care for me than I make no room in my life for him or her The next need is esteem I felt returning to college and earning my degree would be positive for my self-image in my own eyes as well as set a good example for my children The last level of Maslows theory is self-actualization I thought about it and realized that if I didnt return to college I was not living up to my full potential The ERG theory by Clayton Alderfer which is an extended and simplified version of Maslows Hierarchy of needs theory Alderfor shortened Maslows theory to a set of three needs Existence Relatedness and Growth Unlike Maslow he did not see these as being a
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