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PeakMotives: Uncover Your Drive with Motivators

Motivators are the driving force behind what truly matters to you. They ignite your passion for learning, touch your heart, and fuel your excitement. When someone disregards or overlooks your top Motivators, it can leave you feeling disappointed and disconnected.

Think of Motivators as the engine beneath the hood of a car. While not immediately visible from the outside, they are what propel you forward. Understanding your Motivators is crucial when making decisions about your future because they directly correlate with fulfillment and meaning. In fact, most people find the greatest happiness when they choose a career and company culture aligned with their top two Motivators.


Where to Find Your Motivators?

Where to Find Your Motivators in the CCA Tool

Log in to the CCA Tool and find the Motivator section on the left side, labeled "What Motivates You". Click it to reveal your top two Motivators or, if you haven't taken the Tool yet, take the survey now to uncover yours. Gain insights into why these motivations are crucial in shaping your ideal career.



Traditional Icon: Compass

Traditional – Desire to live by a personal set of principles, standards, or beliefs.

Utilitarian Icon: Dollar Signs and Gears

Utilitarian – Desire for a return on investment of time, energy, or money.

Theoretical Icon: Person Reading a Book

Theoretical – Desire to learn for the sake of knowledge.

Social Icon: Hands Holding in the Shape of a Heart

Social – Desire to help others or solve society’s problems.

Individualistic Icon: Leaders on a Podium with Stars

Individualistic – Desire for independence, visibility, rank, or power.

Aesthetic Icon: Paint Palete and Brush

Aesthetic – Desire for form, harmony, balance, or beauty.

Cover Image for Motivator Slides

Motivators Guide
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Identifying and honoring your top motivators allows you to align your career, education, and life choices with your core values. Whether it's the pursuit of knowledge, independence, or making a positive impact on society, your motivators lead you toward meaning and purpose. Encouraging students and career seekers to recognize and nurture their motivators empowers them to shape their own futures, paving the way for a life of passion and fulfillment.


Motivator Activity: Design Your Dream School

Duration: 1 hour (can be adjusted based on available time or split into two sessions)

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Engage: Begin by explaining the concept of Motivators and their importance in shaping our interests and passions. We recommend using the information in the slides and videos above as a starting point. Have students review their motivator scores from their CCA Tool Results.

  • Group Formation: Divide students into groups based on their top motivators. If there aren’t enough students in certain motivator groups (such as Traditional) have them join their second motivator. If some groups are too big, divide them into two groups. 

Brainstorming Session (20 minutes)

  • Task Explanation: Explain to students that they will be designing their dream school based on their group's top motivator. Encourage creativity and imagination.

  • Brainstorming: Provide each group with paper and markers. Instruct them to brainstorm and sketch out their ideal school, considering aspects like building design, schedule, clubs, activities, classes, and interactions between students and adults.

Presentation (15 minutes)

  • Creative Presentation: Allow each group to present their dream school in a creative manner - whether through a skit, song, picture collage, or any other form they prefer.

  • Feedback from Other Motivators: After each presentation, ask students from other groups to provide feedback. What aspects did they like about the proposed school? What aspects did they find challenging or lacking?

Reflection and Discussion (15 minutes)

  • Reflection: Facilitate a discussion where students reflect on their own school experiences in comparison to the dream schools presented. Encourage students to identify ways they can incorporate elements of their dream school into their current educational environment.

  • Action Plan: Guide students in creating actionable steps to fulfill their motivators within their current school setting. This could involve joining relevant clubs, advocating for new activities, or seeking work-based-learning or mentorship opportunities.

Conclusion (5 minutes)

  • Wrap-Up: Summarize the key insights gained from the activity and emphasize the importance of understanding and nurturing one's motivators.

  • Encouragement: Encourage students to continue exploring their motivators and finding ways to align their passions with their academic and extracurricular pursuits.

This activity not only fosters creativity and collaboration but also empowers students to take ownership of their educational journey by recognizing and leveraging their intrinsic motivations.

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