Motivation Tool Chest - Overcoming barriers - Thinking outside the box.

Education & Motivation

By Captain Bob Webb

Developing a productive life style for at-risk youth.

Inspiring youth to develop a love to learn has a powerful lifetime benefit. Project based education is fun that hides the education element while developing a love to learn. Teaching to test or common core does not inspire a love to learn, it benefits short term political goals.

The formal education system was a disaster for me. In the 1950s, when I was in high school, problem students were encouraged to drop out, which I did. I developed self-education skills that led me to a productive life style.

I have always been seeking self-motivated projects. During my youth I did not realize I was educating myself and developing a love to learn. These self-tought attributes opened doors of opportunity beyond my wildest dreams. Now retired, I have recorded my experiences and analyses.

For more on attributes read: What is Education?

Youth Motivation Concepts Overview
This website is designed to help people who are in conflict with classroom environments. These people could excel if placed in a project based education system. Leaders whose ideas changed the way we live, from developers of the light bulb to the computer, were in conflict with classroom environments. They acquired professional skills with projects. Academics was acquired as needed and to the level needed to achieve their goals.
How to Make Dreams Come True... My Story
We must have a dream that motivates us. No one has ever achieved anything without a dream attached to a burning desire. We must learn how-to-learn. In school, we learn how to memorize, and be taught. Learning how to learn frees our dependency on others for knowledge. We must learn from failure and learn how to bounce back from failure. No one ever succeed without failure. In the classroom, failure is a no-no.
Why Self Discovery
The concept is based on recognizing natural talents, intellectual, artiest, technical, dexterous, and recognizing the need for non-competitive education to address these talents. For example, everyone in a classroom does not have artist ability. Different abilities need to be recognized. In non-competitive learning environment, anyone can excel.

Discover! Then Develop Your Natural Talent

Motivation is education. Education without motivation kills ambition, the primary ingredient for a productive lifestyle.

When a person discovers their natural talent, they are like a fast moving freight train, there is no stopping them. They will find a way to develop their talent, with or without support from society.

Lectures provide knowledge. Hands-on projects builds confidence.

"Give a person an idea and you enrich their life. Teach a person how to learn and they can enrich their own life" - Author Unknown

  • Working on an automobile is project based education that builds productive skills.
  • Sailing a boat is project based education that builds confidence.
  • Criminal activity is project based education that leads to self-destruction.

Exploring and discovery awakens our inner self, creating a desire to learn more about the world around us, setting in motion a vision. A vision is the source of all achievement.

The compass symbolizes our direction in life.   Motivation Tool Chest Logo   The sextant symbolizes our current position in life.
  Learning how to learn. Discovery of natural talent is motivation.  
Learning with projects.     Learning with responsibility.

The chart symbolizes our desired destination in life.

Projects and the associated opportunity is the ship that gets us there.


The Power of Projects

Projects require a goal where students must search for a method, acquire skills and knowledge, accept failure and bounce back from it, and keep trying until the goal is achieved. They learn through experiences, more important, they learn how to research and apply knowledge. Success is measured by the complexity of the project and the ability to finish it. This type of education motivates one to learn more about the world we live in while creating a lifetime love to learn. The laws' of nature is the motivator and instructor.

A booklet is available about projects at downloads.


Additional Information

The information at this website is based on my experiences and resources that agree with my experiences. I welcome any comments you may have.

Motivation Tool Chest

Mission: To inspire a dream and fulfill it
Without a dream, nothing will happen
Home Page
PFD Documents
Contact Captain Bob
Elements of Motivation
Education & Motivation
Motivation in the Workplace
Captain Bob's Adventures
Adventures in Paradise
Adventure Photo Album
Photos and Movies that Inspire
Copyright 2000, 2014 by Robert L. Webb
Goose Creek, South Carolina 29445 USA