The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

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    Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One's Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in "The Psychology of Self-Motivation."
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  • nguyễn đức
    nguyễn đức 21 час назад

    i want to study english .can i want to help me ?

  • Hamza Iqbal
    Hamza Iqbal 6 дней назад

    Laws of Success/Laws of Universe
    💚Thank to increase it
    (Law of Gratitude),and overall adopt attitude of gratitude
    💚Think intensely to work it intensely
    💚Match the frequency of reality you want(e.g by reading relevant material)
    💚Attach good emotion with work which gives you success
    💚Think you are your goal
    💚Think Allah(god in Arabic)/creator of universe is making you your goal
    💚Pray to get close to universal kindness and mercy also connect with it
    💚Think I am one of those lucky exceptional ones
    💚Avoid even genuine blaming
    💚Ask/pray for others to get what you want for yourself
    💚Give to others to get what you want for yourself (Law of Exchange)
    💚Be conscious of your negative emotion and avoid them
    💚Focus and repeat to yourself your ideal story of abundance
    💚Do smart radical action to achieve your goal
    💚Remember the trial that comes will strengthen you
    💚Be at peace with what happens to you
    💚Wear and imagine and be in the state of event of your past successes
    💚Let go of what doesn't serve you
    💚Accept the present moment as an opportunity for the great success that is coming
    💚Meditate to get a positive higher frequency
    💚Stop doing empathy
    💚Do above steps daily

  • Sitaram Sahoo
    Sitaram Sahoo 6 дней назад

    This man is really a motivated speaker. The way he delivers is awesome. I have watched this video several times.

  • Yukki x135
    Yukki x135 6 дней назад +1

    I wasn't even motivated to watch the video, I only clicked to comment.

  • MrCoffeeMan
    MrCoffeeMan 9 дней назад

    Soulja Boy liked this video btw

  • eduardo ramirez
    eduardo ramirez 9 дней назад

    I don't know why this guy chooses to dress up that way. His garments tell me three things: "I am hardly understood by society", "I don't care what I look like because I am smarter than you", "no matter what you say, I do not listen to neanderthals".

  • IokoThePanda
    IokoThePanda 10 дней назад

    Thank you WOW!

  • Ingram Fry
    Ingram Fry 14 дней назад

    If the keys to motivation are three logical questions why try to motivate anyone? We should simply try to inform. We should be in equal parts motivational as well as demotivational.

  • PlagueCookie
    PlagueCookie 15 дней назад

    remember that time Jack from Lost was on Star Trek DS9??

  • Suruthi Ramesh
    Suruthi Ramesh 16 дней назад

    Self-motivation is important in every individual's life to keep oneself driven towards the goals we have in life. It makes us feel competent. It encourages us to do better. This video shows us how to aspire to be motivated and make others feel motivated, to take up a work that we feel worthwhile to feel and be self-motivated. Because at the end of the day, we want to achieve something out of it. We need to feel that we are competent enough, to believe that we are capable of doing something, to feel recognized for something we've achieved. This motivates us to further do better. Also, it is important to understand that taking up a task is not just to avoid failing at it, but to look at the bright-side, to be successful in completing it. It is about learning how to communicate to oneself to feel motivated.
    Another topic that this video threw light on is that we don't always have to be independent. It's okay to ask for help, to have a sense of community, to help each other out. It is about being inter-dependent, it is about helping our peers and people around us feel motivated as well. It is about empowering ourselves and those around us. This empowerment can be evaluated based on the three questions that the speaker shares with us in this video. He explains how we need to accept feedback with humility and to have courage to speak up. Scott Geller uses research and his personal experiences to elucidate how to self-motivate oneself in this lively talk.
    I would like to share my opinion on how to self-motivate oneself. Self-motivation can be achieved when one takes responsibility for his/her own results. This makes one to feel more accountable for it. It is about setting goals, working on them and achieving them. It is about analyzing one's own capabilities and striving to be better at it to realize one's vision in life. It is important to set a target and not just stop there. We need to make sure we achieve it, to see ourselves where we envisioned to be.

  • sasha v
    sasha v 16 дней назад

    Being an engineering student, I have felt my motivation level drop over the years due the overwhelming number of tasks, family problems and the pressure to “not fail”. Most of the people around me were focused on securing any job right after graduation than to fight for their passion and facing failures. I felt myself diverting away from my goals, and was never satisfied with anything I did. I was on the verge of giving up my goals thinking that they were impractical.
    This talk helped me to reflect over my past actions and remind myself that I am capable of reaching my goals by placing more efforts and believing in myself. After all doing what I love makes me more competent and satisfied with my work. It’s more important to surround ourselves with people who encourage us and make us feel empowered to fight for our dreams.

  • Janani Smiley
    Janani Smiley 16 дней назад

    You are inspirational...! you are great speaker...! Beautiful message this will be very memorable ,however I enjoyed it so much . The best lecture I've ever had. When we decide to do something extraordinary, society wants to pull us back. They have jealousy within their heart. They Demotivate us at every single step...
    In this video you have shared the way of dealing with haters and negative people and i hope this video will inspire you and motivate you.
    It's so important to show young people, and adults alike, the difference between a success seeker instead of a failure avoided. Our public schools are being forced into failure avoidance mode with the focus on high stakes testing. I too often saw the beaten down spirits of young minds who knew nothing but failure avoidance. My work was cut out for me to share the joy of learning, the joy of seeking knowledge, the joy of seeking success because it is worth it The ultimate problem for motivation is listening to the wrong voice in your head. The mastery of ones emotions leads to freedom and motivation to achieve. Learning to recognize the ego is primarily the way to achieve all Scott speaks on with out the strategies required to motivate oneself. When you recognize and know who you really are motivation comes naturally. It is not something you need to work at. Blessings.
    Don't pay attention to the haters, Work hard in silence let your success make the noise.
    "If you say i will become the successful person the world would not hear , if you succeed and tell something the world will hear"
    All the best for to achieve your goals......
    Thank you Scott Geller sir

    MEEJURI DEEPANKAR PRINCEE 15BCE0419 16 дней назад

    Effects of self-efficacy on students’ behavior
    Self-efficacy may sound like a uniformly desirable quality, but research as well as teachers’ experience suggests that its effects are a bit more complicated than they first appear. Self-efficacy has three main effects, each of which has both a “dark” or undesirable side and a positive or desirable side. The first effect is that self-efficacy makes students more willing to choose tasks where they already feel confident of succeeding. This effect is almost inevitable, given the definition of the concept of self-efficacy. For teachers, the effect on choice can be either welcome or not, depending on circumstances. If a student believes that he or she can solve mathematical problems, then the student is more likely to attempt the mathematics homework that the teacher assigns. Unfortunately the converse is also true. If a student believes that he or she is incapable of math, then the student is less likely to attempt the math homework , regardless of the student’s actual ability in math. Since self-efficacy is self-constructed, furthermore, it is also possible for students to miscalculate or misperceive their true skill, and the misperceptions themselves can have complex effects on students’ motivations. From a teacher’s point of view, all is well even if students overestimate their capacity but actually do succeed at a relevant task anyway, or if they underestimate their capacity, yet discover that they can succeed and raise their self-efficacy beliefs as a result. All may not be well, though, if students do not believe that they can succeed and therefore do not even try, or if students overestimate their capacity by a wide margin, but are disappointed unexpectedly by failure and lower their self-efficacy beliefs. A second effect of high self-efficacy is to increase a persistence at relevant tasks. If you believe that you can solve crossword puzzles, but encounter one that takes longer than usual, then you are more likely to work longer at the puzzle until you really do solve it. This is probably a desirable behavior in many situations, unless the persistence happens to interfere with other, more important tasks. Giving up early may often be undesirable because it deprives you of a chance to improve your skill by persisting. Then again, the consequent lack of success because of giving up may provide a useful incentive to improve your crossword skills. And again, misperceptions of capacity make a difference. Overestimating your capacity by a lot might lead you not to prepare for or focus on a task properly, and thereby impair your performance. So as with choosing tasks, the effects of self-efficacy vary from one individual to another and one situation to another. The teacher’s task is therefore two-fold: first, to discern the variations, and second, to encourage the positive self-efficacy beliefs.

  • Prabhav Shrivastava
    Prabhav Shrivastava 16 дней назад

    The video talks about motivating yourself and others. There are three questions which we can ask ourselves, and if all the responses are positive, we are sure to be self-motivated. These are the very three questions to be asked:
    • Can I do it? ( Based on your level of training)
    • Will it work? (Based on your education)
    • Is it worth it? (Motivational part)
    The thought of avoiding failure or seeking success empowers us. Also, we can empower others by these :
    • Giving them the perception of competence.
    • Consequences drive us.
    • Perception of choice.
    • We live in a community and we need each other.

  • Rishika Batra
    Rishika Batra 16 дней назад


  • Drishti Kedia
    Drishti Kedia 16 дней назад +9

    I'm a third year Btech student . I really learnt alot from this video. Every morning I am terrified of the tasks that lay ahead of me . This is because most of the times we are told to choose profession over passion and we never really have a choice. But what is most important is to feel self motivated and inspire ourselves and everyone around us. We need to believe in response efficacy i.e believing our behavior will lead to certain outcome. We are all controlled by consequences i.e postive and aversive. Positive consequences makes us feel good and we feel controlled /negatively enforced due to aversive consequences .All of this depends on how we communicate with ourselves and with others and work for the opportunities that come our way.We must sit down and talk to ourselves about the choices we have like a success seeker rather than a failure avoider .Having a sense of community is really vital in order to feel self motivated . Having each others back and being interdependent rather than independent is must. When you see the opportunities in the things you do you feel competent and motivated. When you see the positive side to everything it leads to self motivation. It all depends on the person's perspective towards himself and his surroundings. Hence we feel empowered when we are self motivated.

  • geetika gopi
    geetika gopi 16 дней назад

    Rules, regulations and restrictions. Definitely something that could be in the way self motivation. But again it’s not necessarily something bad. Loved the way Scott Geller said how self motivation is not doing something we have to, but something we want to. Also through this talk, the very essence that I had learnt was that how self motivation is directly linked with empowerment.

  • Daniel Inthelionsden
    Daniel Inthelionsden 16 дней назад


  • Dhruv Goel
    Dhruv Goel 16 дней назад

    It is a wonderful video which has helped me to think about life from a different perspective. In society, we have to work within boundaries so that people can be held accountable for something. But beyond boundaries is something completely different, we have to go beyond to fulfill our call of duty. Empowerment is a key factor which means to "get it done", but feeling it leads to self-motivation.
    We need to ask three questions:
    1) Can you do it? (SELF-EFFICACY)
    2) Will it work? (RESPONSE-EFFICACY)
    3) Is it worth it? (CONSEQUENCES)
    B.F. Skinner taught us selection by consequences, i.e. what are the consequences of our selections and how to face them and overcome them. We all face and learn from our consequences. In the end, it is all about the choices we have and how we embrace them.

  • radhika agarwal
    radhika agarwal 17 дней назад


  • Gargi Agrawal
    Gargi Agrawal 17 дней назад +3

    I'm a second year B-TECH student . Most of the time we are asked to choose a profession over our passion and never is mostly there a "choice". But between all of this it's really important to be self motivated and to inspire ourselves and everyone around us.
    Everyone around us has the mindset that We need to work "to not to get fail" . Most of the people here in colleges are focused more on not being left jobless and suffer the consequences rather than developing their skills and this how they feel controlled. When you see the opportunities in the things you do you feel competent and motivated. When you see the positive side to everything it leads to self motivation. It's the way you tell it to yourself and to others that counts. We also need to learn the habit of accepting feedback that eventually helps us grow and feel empowered. We need to help people around us to feel competent at the same time.
    It all lies in the perspective.

  • Sugunesh Vallinayagam
    Sugunesh Vallinayagam 17 дней назад

    2019 ?

  • My Nepal My Pride
    My Nepal My Pride 17 дней назад

    Amazing man, incredibly awesome .....

  • Brandon Keith
    Brandon Keith 17 дней назад

    Once you said consequences I thought negative but never really thought of it positive i usually live in the moment

  • Namrata Patel 16BBT0246
    Namrata Patel 16BBT0246 20 дней назад

    The speaker beautifully portrays a very important concept self motivation through his own childhood story of how he learnt drumming. His willingness to be ahead of what he was taught made him confident . But once he wasn't able to learn drum roles and that's where her teacher motivated him and brought out the best in him. Also he elucidates on how important it is to have a vision and work for it. At the end of the day, you have to work through things to make things work.

  • Abhay Shingi
    Abhay Shingi 22 дня назад

    It's simple, the things we avoid like failures, depression and add all the negative emotions are actually the key ingredients for success as it helps us to look at the problems from different perception. Personal success is nothing but just your perception gets tuned in to reality.

  • TRUMPet Man
    TRUMPet Man 24 дня назад

    Conclusion. He had a bad drum teacher. A buzz roll and a double stroke are different things Scotty boy 👦

  • harun420oclock
    harun420oclock 24 дня назад +1

    That cookie thief story was good.

  • Amrita Sinha
    Amrita Sinha 26 дней назад

    Monica Geller here everybody

  • geeta devi
    geeta devi 28 дней назад

    Go n watch any inspirational movie instead of this .it will motivate u more than this .
    U may watch peaceful warrior or homeless to harvard.

  • Happy
    Happy 29 дней назад


  • Brett Moran
    Brett Moran 29 дней назад

    is it possible to get the manuscript for this i need this for a class assignment

  • Gina Gutierrez
    Gina Gutierrez Месяц назад

    What an awesome teacher!! Would love to have taken a class with him.

  • j karthik
    j karthik Месяц назад

    Self motivation is the hidden force that drives us towards success , all search for inspirational stories to be successful but instead they should be investing that time for self motivation . To be motivated we should be having a better interaction with the people around us especially parents, teachers because without interdependence we can't gain the complete knowledge of anything but in the present day scenarios we are being more dependent on the electronic gadgets and sophisticated technology then we depend on ourselves . The day when parents, schools and colleges teach the importance of self motivation and interdependence and push the children to interact with others and also with nature but not with social media from then everything around us changes and the world jumps ahead into a realm of success and prosperity

  • TheCrusaderRabbits
    TheCrusaderRabbits Месяц назад

    Isnt this the school that Korean student shot up andd killed all those students?

  • random person
    random person Месяц назад +1

    0:52 gamers: 😏

  • Noah Fredericks
    Noah Fredericks Месяц назад

    who else thinks this guy is a little dark to be on ted talk?

  • pleo00
    pleo00 Месяц назад

    Nonsense talk!

  • William Winberg
    William Winberg Месяц назад

    Country Music . lol

  • dm nare
    dm nare Месяц назад

    It is excellent!

  • Newbroken
    Newbroken Месяц назад

    The motivation always come before you
    start doing something. Motivation is only a feeling to feel well about
    doing something. In fact, all humans feel bad. Thats why every humans
    need something like motivation to do something like anything. Humans always need something to keep
    them self and forget their pain and surroundings. Thats why i dont like

  • Emi Garo
    Emi Garo Месяц назад

    Not Quite My Tempo.

  • Member_TaunTauns?
    Member_TaunTauns? Месяц назад

    this made my ADD kick in hard

  • Evergreen Tree
    Evergreen Tree Месяц назад

    success seeker VS failure avoider

  • Sun 54
    Sun 54 Месяц назад

    can you do it?
    will it work?
    is it worth it?

  • Sun 54
    Sun 54 Месяц назад


  • Elijah Horst
    Elijah Horst Месяц назад

    What are the odds he went to highschool 10 minutes away from me...

  • C. Huseyin
    C. Huseyin Месяц назад

    Wow this man is awesome! Thank you so much. Blessings 💕

    KEMBLO GT Месяц назад +1

    This video was liked by Soulja boi

  • Dasari Chaitanya
    Dasari Chaitanya Месяц назад

    Sir you are awesome. Thanks a lot for the session.

  • Silas Waters-pizzo
    Silas Waters-pizzo Месяц назад

    How I rate this video 🔟/🔟


    who else here cuz they noticed this was in soulja boy recently liked videos

    • IllyAssassin
      IllyAssassin Месяц назад

      Me 😂😂😂 thought I was the only one

  • Leon Dawn
    Leon Dawn 2 месяца назад

    thank you. now i choose to sleep.

  • Ram Kumar
    Ram Kumar 2 месяца назад

    I love his energy and infectiously optimistic attitude !

  • Ngọc Hà Nguyễn
    Ngọc Hà Nguyễn 2 месяца назад

    OMG He is such the most brilliant and inspirational speaker I've ever known. Thank you sooooo much for this meaningful talk with stunning ideas. Maybe my tomorrow will be changed a lot, it will be full of energy and hope as well.
    Choice instead of requirement. Being a success seeker is much better than a failure avoider. Always keep this in my mind.
    Again, thanks a lottttt =D

  • Pete Privitere
    Pete Privitere 2 месяца назад

    Thats not a rim shot, thats side stick lol. Excellent video and speaker!

  • Max Z
    Max Z 2 месяца назад

    sniffy sniff

  • Bubblo
    Bubblo 2 месяца назад

    its funny how much a simple video can do

  • Sabah Siddique
    Sabah Siddique 2 месяца назад

    the point that struck me the most was the one about community, about interdependence. it's so common to feel like we can (or we should be able to) do it all on our own. there's nothing wrong in needing support or help, in fact it's natural!

  • Nana Naima
    Nana Naima 2 месяца назад

    I need to subtitle this video in french ,how can i do it

  • Matt Rodriguez
    Matt Rodriguez 2 месяца назад

    Just out here procrastinating while I should be doing homework

    PRASHITA TRIPATHI 2 месяца назад

    Chase ur goal don't try to avoid the bumps they r part of journey

  • Cool Cool
    Cool Cool 2 месяца назад +4

    His voice reminds me of the 90s somehow, is it just me?

  • V-Way
    V-Way 2 месяца назад +1

    Def worth a watch....for those who skip videos like this.....

  • Rafael Ferreira
    Rafael Ferreira 2 месяца назад +2

    Changed my life!

  • Ana Vera
    Ana Vera 2 месяца назад

    Wow...this was so amazing . Many times I fell self-motivated because I told myself that I can do it , my dreams and goals and when I work on what I really like I just fell amazing . But when comes a failure I am failing and fell so lost and hopeless . This help me and give me more confidence . Thanks a lot:)))

  • Shila Chow
    Shila Chow 2 месяца назад

    its so hard to implement any of this advice when you're going through depression, isolation from fam/friends, and you just feel like you've lost you ability to learn and be successful

  • simon khuu
    simon khuu 2 месяца назад


  • Des9 o
    Des9 o 2 месяца назад +1

    Caution: Comments will ruin your conceived knowledge !

  • local group
    local group 2 месяца назад

    I love that his talk

  • Gabriela Sandonato
    Gabriela Sandonato 2 месяца назад

    excellent!!! son many years in psicotherapy...OMG!

  • Jahid Malik
    Jahid Malik 2 месяца назад

    teachers are saying i wont go far in life to me but what if in ten years time i made it farer then them

  • Rameez Raja
    Rameez Raja 2 месяца назад

    That was regarding motivation right but i din't find any motivation here or any other Tedtalk,lol.

  • Jordan Fiction
    Jordan Fiction 2 месяца назад

    “You probably woke up to an alarm clock, not an OPPORTUNITY clock” LOL

  • Dr Taqwa
    Dr Taqwa 2 месяца назад

    Great !💙💙💙💙💙

  • Khairul Shawon
    Khairul Shawon 3 месяца назад


  • Otie Brown
    Otie Brown 3 месяца назад

    I like rhis guy and his message.

  • Dok No See
    Dok No See 3 месяца назад

    beat it, just beat it, says Michael

  • LetterD
    LetterD 3 месяца назад

    and then I got sucked into a wormhole conseQUENCES!

  • Hyun Kuk Yoon
    Hyun Kuk Yoon 3 месяца назад

    A woman was waiting was waiting at an airport one night
    With several hours before her flight
    She hunted for a book at an airport shop
    Bought a bag cookies, and found a place to drop
    She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
    That the man beside her as bold as could be took a cookie
    Or two from her bag in between
    Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
    She read, munched cookies and watched the clock
    As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
    She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
    Thinking “if I wasn’t so nice, id blacken his eye”
    With each cookie she took, he took one too
    When only one was left she wondered what he’d do
    With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
    He took the last cookie and he broke it in half
    He offered her half as he ate the other
    She snatched it from him and thought “oh brother”
    This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude
    He didn’t even show any gratitude
    She had never known when she had been so galled
    And she sighed with relief when her flight was called
    She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
    Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
    She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
    Then she sought her book which was almost complete
    As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise
    There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
    “If mine were here” she moaned in despair
    “Then the others were his, and he tried to share”
    too late to apologize she realized with grief
    that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

  • logan thao
    logan thao 3 месяца назад +1

    Wish I had motivation around me growing up. Cause now that im grown, im not motivated to do things, so i lack education and etc.

  • Sveta Banevskaya
    Sveta Banevskaya 3 месяца назад

    Synergy is they

  • K
    K 3 месяца назад +2

    I’m suffering such a lack of motivation that I can’t even be motivated enough to watch this whole video

  • Erin M
    Erin M 3 месяца назад

    He sounds like Dr Oz

  • Europa Salvatore
    Europa Salvatore 3 месяца назад

    I have now watched a lot of ted ex talks, I am now a very refined and inhuman organism.

  • PoptartPC
    PoptartPC 3 месяца назад

    Watching this video is procrastinating, but at east it is productive procrastination

  • ravi pag
    ravi pag 3 месяца назад

    scott - you are amazing

  • Sahabeya Hyder
    Sahabeya Hyder 3 месяца назад

    This man is amazing.

  • Jesse C
    Jesse C 3 месяца назад

    Did someone say Call of Duty?

  • Lin Ping
    Lin Ping 3 месяца назад

    Thank you I really felt the words and actions you portrayed. It really help me.

  • Procrastinating Now?
    Procrastinating Now? 3 месяца назад

    “Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows ”
    ~ Michael London

  • zxan
    zxan 4 месяца назад

    this cured my anxiety

  • Catalina Marquez
    Catalina Marquez 4 месяца назад

    Awesome. Download WISE UNIVERSAL from PLAY STORE. Shocking

  • Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith 4 месяца назад

    nice video, great story, but kind of missed the plot. started on motivation finished on the need for hugs to get through life...

  • Hard Deltillery
    Hard Deltillery 4 месяца назад

    I find it hard to get motivated working for somebody else. I know I can probably come up with strategies to get myself motivated but nothing is going to motivate me as much as working for myself, being in charge of my own destiny and actually having a chance to make what I'm actually worth because it's all up to me. I learned that decide to start my own business it's worked out well for me.

  • Leck Gomez
    Leck Gomez 4 месяца назад

    this guy looks like he got up from the crowd and performed the ted talk

  • Kelsey Horton
    Kelsey Horton 4 месяца назад

    I would absolutely love to be in this guys psychology class. He is a fantastic speaker.

  • kim reid
    kim reid 4 месяца назад

    I don’t know why this so deeply resonated with me but I got emotional at the drum roll story. Thank you Scott

  • TR IT Services
    TR IT Services 4 месяца назад

    Wow what a good speaker! This guy is so intelligent! We do need each other!

  • Onye Okoro
    Onye Okoro 4 месяца назад

    7:00 community