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 bachelor's 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 doesn't 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 Maslow's theory is self-actualization. I thought about it and realized that if I didn't 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...