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any of numerous theorems of willingness that discern two kinds of success pursuits, goal-oriented, ego-oriented, that unite such dissimilarities in each person's assumed capacity for the job and their accomplishment conduct.

ACHIEVEMENT GOAL THEORY: "The achievement goal theory poses an interesting idea that the motivation of a student is sometimes dependent on their desire to achieve certain results, but at other times dependent upon their belief in themselves to do such, and sometimes both."

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