Here is an RCA Animate video about the research surrounding what motivates people:
I think it is relevant to our kids too. As a homeschooler, I am always interested in observing what my kids choose to do with their days. An overwhelming majority of the time, they are busy, engaged, and happy. They have a strong sense of purpose. More importantly, on the daily basis, they come up with interesting things to do and dive into it with verve and motivation.
I thought I'd share the video as I found it relevant.
What motivates your kids?
Mine seem to be motivated by autonomy and freedom to do what they want BUT with some, albeit very loose, structure. I find the structure bit is essential at least at their age; maybe this will change later?
They are also driven by the desire to create tangible stuff. They both do a lot of drawing and polymer clay sculpting, legos and building using citi-blocks.
Another motivating factor? A desire to help and be useful. Although this one is iffy. They like to help me clean but I may not demand that from them if I want the work to be done cheerfully.