Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done.
Learning for its own sake is rewarding.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"When the experience of learning becomes its own reward, that's being in the "flow!" Perhaps when students are challenged in ways that make it possible for them to learn -- taking into consideration their ability, learning style, kinds of intelligence -- and in ways that are strongly motivating, more students may reach that enviable state that Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi so eloquently describes. His work is devoted to examining the state of "flow," how it comes about, and how it can be facilitated.
Dr. Csikszentmihalyi is professor of Human Development and Education at the University of Chicago, where he was formerly chairman of the Department of Psychology and Chairman of Human Development. After graduating and receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he began his career as associate professor and chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Maine, and also at universities in Finland, Brazil, Canada, and Italy.
He currently serves on the Child Labor Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Labor and the Center for Giftedness of the federal Department of Education.
Dr. Csikszentmihalyi has published over 120 articles or chapters, his books include Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, Flow: The psychology of optimal experience, Being Adolescent, The Evolving Self, and Creativity, Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention.He has also written short stories for the New Yorker, essays for the Atlantic Monthly, book reviews for the New York Times, and has translated fiction and poetry into English from Italian, French, and Hungarian."

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