I dislike the word motivation. Often it is used like “to motivate” and as if the external things could really move us for any longer than it is absolutely necessary.
When it comes to motivation, the only flame we have is inside us. What does cause this inner motivation? Daniel Pink summarized it in his book Drive to three things: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.
When these things click people are living the life: using every moment preciously.
Furthermore the inner drive is self-fulfilling prophecy especially when autonomy and mastery and aligned with purpose. Purpose feeds the desire for mastery and autonomy.
Purpose is the reason to wake up, work, learn and live the life. With strong purpose, desire to learn and contribute more becomes natural.
P.s Check out Daniel Pink’s TED talk on motivation.