On the rewards of being open to opportunities and their challenges

Stuart A. Karabenick


The request to provide one’s Acquired Wisdom is a daunting challenge, and others in this series have approached it in a variety of ways. My own is to chronicle how I negotiated a scientific career filled with barriers to overcome and opportunities to contribute to the fields of motivation and self-regulated learning most generally. As you will see, mine was not a straight path but one filled with unexpected events that changed how and what I accomplished along the way. That includes never being satisfied that you know enough. I hope that you find something that helps you on your own journey.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/er.v27.2965

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