Trying to figure out how to help young people develop internal motivation is a complex thing. What lights the fire (and what dampens it) in any one individual can seem like a mystery inside an enigma.
While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, the Prezi below accompanies a presentation I do called “Lit Within: Developing Internal Motivation in the Gifted Learner.” It’s a popular presentation, and although it is far more meaningful with the person actually talking about what the pictures mean (I hope!), I think it’s worthwhile on its own.
In particular, there is a video of Andrew Wiles talking about his moment of enlightenment when he realized he could solve Fermat’s Last Theorem that is stunningly profound in its implications for high ability youth.