Those who sow interest will reap success

November 30, 2018

Parlindungan Pardede

parlpard2010@gmail.com

What enthused Thomas Alfa Edison to read so much that all the books available in the library in his city (including works of English Literature, American History, and scientific books) were completely consumed when he was eight to eleven years old? Why is Lionel Messi willing to drain his energy and keep on passionately practicing football since he was four years? Various researches on motivation show that they are two examples of people who have succeeded in developing an interest in a particular field. In all types of professions, occupations, and activities (including in learning), interest plays a central role and promotes success. It triggers a positive attitude and encourages an individual to pay attention and be involved in what he is interested in. This article discusses two types of interests and reveals how to use them to succeed in studies.

Interest is the feeling that encourages someone to favor, care, appreciate, pay attention, and be involved in an activity, object, or phenomenon. Dewey (1913, p. 17) described it as ‘‘being engaged, engrossed, or entirely taken up with’’ an activity, object, or topic. In daily life, if we are interested in something, we will care, like, appreciate, consider it important, want to know more, and voluntarily afford time and energy to it. In short, we put all priorities to our interest. Interest is seen in phrases such as “I like playing tennis”, “His interest in preserving Lake Toba environment is high”, “She likes Jazz “, or Lily is fond of teaching.”

Interests have two types: individual and situational (Renninger, 2000). Individual interest is permanent, long-lasting, and describes the character of the owner. Edison’s interest in reading and Messi’s interest in football has developed in such a way that whenever, wherever, and in any situation, they will be motivated to read or play football. Conversely, situational interest is temporary and depends on the situation. Some people choose to watch television during the holidays. But when he had karaoke equipment, he forgot TV and chose karaoke. On another holiday, he will probably choose to go to a tourist spot.

Situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors contributing to the development of interest: knowledge, positive emotions, and personal values (Hidi & Renninger, 2006). A person who keeps on increasing knowledge and practicing playing the piano will eventually become more interested in playing the instrument. That knowledge and skills development will also grow his positive emotions to the piano for he has been more competent and adept at playing it. In addition, the longer he studies and practices the piano, the more likely he is to find his identity (personal values) in it. Edison’s interest in reading did not grow automatically. In the beginning, his father paid one penny every time he finished reading a book. Over time, the reading activity took place automatically. He no longer needed to be paid to read. He even felt life incomplete if he spent a day without reading. His reading interest provided Edison an extensive insight into science, and this encouraged him to develop his own laboratory for doing experiments. As a result, he produced 1,093 patents is recorded as the greatest inventor in the world. Messi’s interest did not grow naturally, too. His fondness in football emerged after regularly seeing his father trained a football club. It drove him to engage in the training. His great interest, supported by his strong willingness to practice, finally made Messi known as one of the world greatest footballers ever.

Interest undoubtedly plays an important role in one’s success in every walks of life, including learning. Learning a subject without interest will surely end with failure. Interest in a topic is the mental or motivational force that energizes learning and produces higher performance and achievements (Hidi, 1990). It induces students to persist with a task, even if it is difficult; it focuses their attention on the task and produces positive affect regarding the task and the result of this is learning. Additionally, Schiefele et.al. (1992) research shows that individual student interest correlates with his academic performance and work in the laboratory. Therefore, every student who wants to succeed must develop an interest in the discipline and each subject he is studying. Students with a high interest will feel a great loss if they spend time doing something unrelated to the field they are studying.

What should you do to develop an interest? Just take these three steps. First, keep adding your knowledge about each subject you are studying. If your lecturer asks you study five textbooks for one course, master these five books and find some other books or articles to enrich your mastery of the subject. Your knowledge development will automatically increase your interest in the subject. Second, Increase and satisfy your curiosity about the topic you are learning. Curiosity is a turbo engine of mind. The greater your curiosity, the more energy you have to satisfy your curiosity, and the higher your positive emotions will be. Third, find out the benefits you will obtain if you have mastered the subject. You can do this by relating the subject to your future career. By understanding that relationship, your personal values to the course will definitely increase.

To conclude, if you want to succeed in your study, you must first develop an interest in the field you are taking. If you think your interest is not as high as Edison or Messi’s, develop it before it is too late. All you have to do is to increase knowledge, positive emotions, and personal values. Sowing interest will surely reap success. (Jakarta, 29 November 2018).

References

Dewey, J. (1913). Interest and effort in education. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press

Hidi, S., & Renninger, K. A. (2006). The four-phase model of interest development. Educational Psychologist, 41, 111–127.

Renninger, K. A. (2000). Individual interest and its implications for understanding intrinsic motivation. In C. Sansone & J. M. Harackiewicz (Eds.), Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Search for Optimal Motivation and Performance (pp. 373–404). San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Inc.

Schiefele, U., Krapp, A., & Winteler, A. (1992). Interest as a predictor of academic achievement: A meta-analysis of research. In K. A. Renninger, S. Hidi & A. Krapp (Eds.), The Role of Interest in Learning and Development (pp. 183–211). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum

30 Comments

  1. I remembered when I was junior high school, I really loved read books. It’s like my hobby and I was happy when I did it, but when was senior high school it’s changed, I rarely read book. No matter how hard I have tried, I couln’t be as I was. Maybe way isn’t right.
    “if you want to succeed in study, you must first develop an interest in the field you are taking.”, those words have mean the most to me. I am in with it.

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  2. I really agree about that. We have to learn more about our passion. Do what makes us happy and do it clear. Reach your dreams, so that you will surely success because you interest about your dreams.

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  3. First of all, I agree of this article said. With this article I learned about I have to develop my interest about something that I like include learning. Interest is important ways in life and interest also motivate us to do something to know more.

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    1. The story about Thomas Alfa Edison and Lionel Messi make me to learn that I must learn and keep learning without giving up. Their story teach me and motivate me that every effort won’t be in vain. This information is very important, Why? Because this article teach me about a talent must be developed, and also teach me not to be lazy, when looking at learning tips and receiving assignments from lecturers well.

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  4. First of all, I agree of this article said. With this article I learned about I have to develop my interest about something that I like include learning. Interest take a important role in our life. Interest make us learn something more and know what we dont know.

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  5. The story about Thomas Alfa Edison and Lionel Messi make us to learn that I must learn and keep learning without giving up. Their story teach me that every effort won’t be in vain. This information is very important for me, Why? Because this article teach me and motivate me about a talent must be developed, and also teach me not to be lazy, when looking at learning tips and receiving assignments from lecturers well.

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  6. I really agree with this article. Having interest is the most important thing to reach our dreams. This article also gave me a lesson that if we want to succeed in our study, we must develop our interest. Thank you to Mr. Parlin who writes this article. I really appreciate it.

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  7. I really agree with this article. Having interest is the most important thing to reach our dreams. This article also gave me a lesson that if we want to succeed in our study, we must develop our interest. Thank you to Mr. Parlin who writes this article. I really appreciate it.

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  8. I agree with this article. Reading is one of the keys to success because from there will get new things. But sometimes I am lazy to read
    and I don’t want to be enslaved with laziness.
    For me, having curiosity, diligent reading and interest new things it’s really good to improve our skills or know about anything in the world.
    Reading and interest new things with no age limits. From there, humans can think creatively, thoughtlessly, and competitively.
    So, I really agree with this article, because really useful and it encourages people to be open-minded.

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    1. I extremely like this article, this article teach me to know what field im intrested to before i through it. And if i want to be a success peole like those people, i must have curiosty. The sentences i really like from this article is “The greater your curiosity, the more energy you have to satisfy your curiosity, and the higher your positive emotions will be” .
      Thank you Mr. Pardede being my motivator.

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  9. Nurmauli Panjaitan

    The topic of paragraph 2 is, Interest is the feeling that encourages someone to favor, care, appreciate, pay attention, and be involved in an activity, object, or phenomenon.
    The author succeeds to clarify the main idea because the article gives an idea of how interest can encourage someone.

    The topic of paragraph 3 is, Interests have two types: individual and situational.
    The author succeeds to clarify the main idea because the article has controlling idea (Individual and Situational Interest),the author is able to explain what is individual interest and situational interest. So, the article has the Major Supporting Sentence and the Minor Supporting Sentence.

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  10. Name: Donna Aruan (18112150019)
    1. Enthused (part.1)–> Interest/ Interested.
    The meaning of this word can be obtained from the context. The word is formed by the root “enthus” ( interest) and the suffix is “ed”(indicating adjective). So, “enthused” simply means”interested”.
    2. Drain his energy (part.1) –> Drain,Practice,Rehearse.
    The meaning of this word can be obtained from the context. The word is formed by root” Drain”( drain,practice,rehearse). Because the word use verb, then we don’t need the suffix. So, the meaning of “Drain” is practice,drain,or rehearse.
    3. Engrossed(part.2)–> absorb, facinate, preoccupy.
    The meaning of this word can be obtained form the context. The word is formed by root “engross” ( preoccupy,absorb,facinate) an the suffix is “ed”( adjective). So, engrossed simply means absorbed, facinated.

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  11. Name: Edel Trudis Uto

    1. The topic of paragraph 4 is Three factors Contributing to development of interest knowledge, positive emotions, personal value.
    According to me Yes, the author manages to clairfy the paragraph’s main idea. From beggining the author talk about interests to learn something, and talk about Edison and Messi interest.

    2. The topic of paragraph 5 is There are three steps to develop an interest.
    According to me Yes, the author manages to clairfy the paragraph’s main idea. The author talk about single topic three steps to develop an interest.

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  12. Name : Enny milenia Pasgor
    NIM : 1812150020

    The topic of Paragraph 2 is, Interest is the feeling that encourages someone to favor, care, appreciate, pay attention, and be involved in an activity, object, or phenomenon.
    The author succeeds to clarify the main idea because the article gives some information to readers with the fact information like Thomas Alva Edison was very smart and Lionel Messi the best player football.

    The topic of paragraph 3 is, Interests have two types: individual and situational.
    The author succeeds to clarify the main idea because the article gives some information to reader with example and make the readers add knowledge about two types of interest.

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  13. Name : Candeni Tambunan
    NIM : 1812150017

    1. The topic sentence of paragraph 4 is situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors contributing to the development of interest: knowledge, positive emotions, and personal values.
    In my opinion, the author succeeds to clarify the main idea. Because the author had discussed every controlled idea in the topic sentence. And also gave a few examples, which made the readers get easier to understand the contents of the paragraph. I also like how the author makes the contents were concise and clear.

    2. The topic of paragraph 5 is Interest plays an important role in one’s success in every walks of life, including learning.
    For me, here the author also succeeds to clarify the main idea because all the sentences in the paragraph are interconnected and only talk about one thing, which is about things that are on the topic of the sentence.

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  14. Name : Aviliana Veronica Du’a Bertha
    NIM : 1812150003

    1. The topic of paragraph 4 is Situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors contributing to the development of interest: knowledge, positive emotions, and personal values.
    In my opinion, the author manages to clarify the paragraph’s main idea because the first author explains situational interests can be developed into personal interests and factors that contribute to the development of interest.

    2. The topic of paragraph 5 is Interest undoubtedly plays an important role in one’s success in every walks of life, including learning.
    In my opinion, the author manages to clarify the paragraph’s main idead because author only talks about one topic.

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  15. Name : Aviliana Veronica DB
    NIM : 1812150003

    1. The topic of paragraph 4 is Situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors contributing to the development of interest: knowledge, positive emotions, and personal values.
    In my opinion, the author manages to clarify the paragraph’s main idea because first author explains situational interest can be developed into personal interests and factors that contribute to the development of interest.

    2. The topic of paragraph 5 is Interest undoubtedly plays an important role in one’s success in every walks of life, including learning.
    In my opinion, the author manages to clarify the paragraph’s main idea because author only talks about one toipc.

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  16. Name: Dorothy Sariah S.
    NIM: 1812150008

    The topic of paragraph 2 is about “Interest”. Interest is the feeling that encourages someone to favor, care, appreciate, pay attention, and be involved in an activity, object, or phenomenon. In daily life, if we are interested in something, we will care, like, appreciate, consider it important, want to know more, and voluntarily afford time and energy to it. In short, we put all priorities to our interest. In my opinion, the author succeeds to clarify the paragraph’s main idea because the topic of the paragraph 2 is adequate, not too broad or too narrow. The topic of paragraph 2 in this article is understandable to readers.

    The topic of paragraph 3 is about “Types of interest”. Interests have two types: individual and situational. Individual interest is permanent, long-lasting, and describes the character of the owner. Conversely, situational interest is temporary and depends on the situation. In my opinion, the author manages to clarify the main idea because the topic of the sentence concerns with it’s placement. The position of the topic sentence can help the reader in understanding in ideas being developed

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    1. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
      NIM : 1812150005

      I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

      flowers are formed from two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

      Therefore, develop the interest that needs to be done looking for information to increase your knowledge so that you can improve your abilities, and grow your curiosity about the abilities you want to develop. like Thomas Alpha Edison and Messi who have very high interest so those who want to know and the players of the famous BARCA soccer team are currently favored by the world community. If you want to be like them, start planting a taste that is as high as before before being rejected.

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  17. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
    NIM : 1812150005

    I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

    flowers are formed from two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

    Therefore, develop the interest that needs to be done looking for information to increase your knowledge so that you can improve your abilities, and grow your curiosity about the abilities you want to develop. like Thomas Alpha Edison and Messi who have very high interest so those who want to know and the players of the famous BARCA soccer team are currently favored by the world community. If you want to be like them, start planting a taste that is as high as before before being rejected.

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  18. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
    NIM : 1812150005

    I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

    flowers are formed from two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

    Therefore, develop the interest that needs to be done looking for information to increase your knowledge so that you can improve your abilities, and grow your curiosity about the abilities you want to develop. like Thomas Alpha Edison and Messi who have very high interest so those who want to know and the players of the famous BARCA soccer team are currently favored by the world community. If you want to be like them, start planting a taste that is as high as before before being rejected.

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  19. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
    NIM : 1812150005

    I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

    flowers are formed from two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

    Therefore, develop the interest that needs to be done looking for information to increase your knowledge so that you can improve your abilities, and grow your curiosity about the abilities you want to develop. like Thomas Alpha Edison and Messi who have very high interest so those who want to know and the players of the famous BARCA soccer team are currently favored by the world community. If you want to be like them, start planting a taste that is as high as before before being rejected.

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  20. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
    NIM : 1812150005

    I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

    flowers Interests are formed from have two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

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  21. Name : Lamtiar Br Hutabarat
    NIM : 1812150005

    I strongly agree with this article. interest is mental strength or motivation that energizes learning and results in higher strength and achievement. I have experienced different potential from this article. for the first time, I experienced compilation on the basics of school. At first I had very bad writing and was often teased by friends. Once, I saw my friend had very good writing, and when I was interested and interested in improving my writing. This interest motivates me to develop my abilities so that my writing gets better. Now I can make good calligraphy writing and combine it with the name Doodle art.

    flowers are formed from two types, namely individual and situational. individual interest is permanent, durable, and is reflected by the character of the owner who is raised from his own will. Whereas situational interests can be developed into personal interests by developing three factors and contributing to the development of interests namely knowledge, positive communication, and personal values. Individual and situational interests greatly encourage a person’s willingness to improve and develop their potential and abilities,

    Therefore, develop the interest that needs to be done looking for information to increase your knowledge so that you can improve your abilities, and grow your curiosity about the abilities you want to develop. like Thomas Alpha Edison and Messi who have very high interest so those who want to know and the players of the famous BARCA soccer team are currently favored by the world community. If you want to be like them, start planting a taste that is as high as before before being rejected.

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  22. I’m so interested with this sentence. “Learning a subject without interest will surely end with failure. Students with a high interest will feel a great loss if they spend time doing something unrelated to the field they are studying.” This sentence is right, because I think that Where there is a willingness to do something, there is a way to success. And we will not waste time because we only focus on getting what we want. As we know Edison, His reading interest provided Edison an extensive insight into science, and this encouraged him to develop his own laboratory for doing experiments. As a result, he produced 1,093 patents is recorded as the greatest inventor in the world. And than Messi’s interest did not grow naturally, too. His fondness in football emerged after regularly seeing his father trained a football club. It drove him to engage in the training. His great interest, supported by his strong willingness to practice.
    If we want to try and do our practice constant, there is a way to success.

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  23. Iin Eviyonisa Ginting (Bs’18)

    I’m so interested with this sentence. “Learning a subject without interest will surely end with failure. Students with a high interest will feel a great loss if they spend time doing something unrelated to the field they are studying.” This sentence is right, because I think that Where there is a willingness to do something, there is a way to success. And we will not waste time because we only focus on getting what we want. As we know Edison, His reading interest provided Edison an extensive insight into science, and this encouraged him to develop his own laboratory for doing experiments. As a result, he produced 1,093 patents is recorded as the greatest inventor in the world. And than Messi’s interest did not grow naturally, too. His fondness in football emerged after regularly seeing his father trained a football club. It drove him to engage in the training. His great interest, supported by his strong willingness to practice.
    If we want to try and do our practice constant, there is a way to success.

    Thank you

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  24. name : Albertus Bayu Seto
    NIM : 1812150018

    Paragraph 2 topic is about Interest is the feeling that encourages someone to favor, care, appreciate, pay attention, and be involved in an activity, object, or phenomenon. if we are interested in something, we will care, like, appreciate, consider it important. we put all our priorities to our interest.
    in my opinion the author succed to tell us the message from this pragraph, like a what interest is and this paragraph is not too broad or too narrow, this is adiquate

    paragraph 3 topic is about types of interest the individual interest and situational interest. Individual interest is permanent, long lasting and describe the character owner. and the situational interest is temporary and depends on the situation.

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