Human beings are naturally built to learn and grow. Whether it’s babies learning to walk and talk, or adults climbing the career ladder or mastering new hobbies, people thrive when they have opportunities for improvement. We are naturally drawn to experiences that build a sense of competence and self-efficacy.
- One area where building competence through feedback and structured learning helps people to grow is language acquisition. Duolingo is a free language learning program that does motivational design right.
- It’s not only higher-order skills that can develop through competence support. A clever feedback mechanism was found to dramatically improve men’s aim at the urinal.
- Change is hard, but focusing on the areas where you have talents and strengths can make it easier. Not only will you experience momentum-building success earlier, but you will have more interest in pursuing your strength-related goals.
- In my personal life, clear feedback and competence support helped me achieve the noble goal of drinking 130 beers in 180 days to join the Dead Author’s Club at Bukowski’s Tavern in Boston.