Achievement motivation is the intrinsic drive to pursue and attain goals. An individual with achievement motivation wishes to achieve objectives and advance up on the ladder of success. A motivated person, therefore, is conceptualized as someone with cognitions or beliefs that lead to constructive achievement behavior, such as exerting effort or persisting in the face of difficulty. At least part of accomplishment striving is important for its own sake, the intrinsic pleasure one feels from achieving higher levels of mastery or understanding, and not for the rewards that accompany it.
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