Intrinsic Motivation


When Dylan arrived at work, he was immediately accosted by Shawn.


“Check it out,” said Shawn. He shoved his phone in Dylan’s face.


“Whoa,” recoiled Dylan. “What are you doin’?”


Shawn checked his phone, just to make sure it was still on. “It’s a screen shot. I got 100% on the Wonderlic. See?”


Dylan rolled his eyes. “You are living, breathing proof that even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then.”


“No.” Shawn pointed at Dylan. “You’re not gonna ruin this for me. Its awesome and you know it, even if you won’t admit it.”


Dylan’s face softened. “Okay, I admit it. What made you take it in the first place?”


“I found it online and figured, why not?”


“Did you register for it?” asked Dylan.




“Then its not official. You can’t use it for anything. For all I know, you’re making it up,” scoffed Dylan.


Shawn’s face grew red, and Dylan thought he noticed tears form in his eyes. “Its real to me. Even if nobody believes me, I know.”


“What good is that?”


“Have you ever wondered if you were capable of more that you already are?”


Dylan frowned. “Not really.”


“I do. I wondered if this was all I could look forward to. Like, I’ve reached my peak This test proves otherwise.” Shawn had a wild look in his eyes.


“I guess you could look at it that way.”


“Well, I do.”


“What do you plan to do with this little epiphany?” asked Dylan.


“I’m going back to school. I’m gonna become a doctor,” said Shawn. A smile spread across his lips.


Dylan dropped a pen. “Have you gone mad? You’ve come to this after one good, self-inflicted internet exam?”


“If nothing else, it’s shown me the sky’s the limit.”


“And the return trip to earth will be one epic fail,” said Dylan.


Shawn scowled. “Maybe, but it’ll be one amazing ride.”


“Whatever, man,” shrugged Dylan.


Shawn went over to his cubicle, picked up a box of personal items and returned to Dylan.


“What’re you doin’?” asked Dylan.


“I quit. I told you, I’m gonna be a doctor,” explained Shawn.


Dylan sighed and rubbed his face. “Wow.”


“See ya,” said Shawn.


“On the way back down,” quipped Dylan.


“Maybe,” said Shawn, “but it beats going nowhere.”


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4 Responses to Intrinsic Motivation

  1. Pat says:

    I think it is great that we can stretch ourselves to our limit.

  2. Tony Trudgian says:

    And the return trip to earth will be one epic fail,” said Dylan. Love that line! Made ME laugh.

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