Related to this let me make two different points. One is to tie the experience to our course and, in particular, to Argyris and Schon Models 1 and 2. Model 2 is difficult to implement, precisely because discomfort (or worse) will happen from time to time when doing it earnestly. We naturally want to self-protect from those experiences. The self-protection, however, encourages Model 1. That is the challenge.
The other point is about being bothered and what that has to do with motivation. I really like the quote below.
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?
Ray Bradbury (1920 - ), Fahrenheit 451, 1953
Farenheit 451 is a work of science fiction. It offers a dystopian vision of the future. (But since it was written 60 years ago you might consider it a vision of the present made in the past.) The title itself is a reference to the temperature at which paper burns. I know you're all incredibly busy. But some of you have indicated you still have some time for pleasure reading. Maybe Farenheit 451 should get onto your list of what to read. I think it would engage you.
And here is one sidebar. Yesterday I mentioned the Index Number Problem in reference to considering GPA as a performance measure. Since you are all economics students, you should be aware of the Index Number Problem, even if you don't make it an object of study. Part of the intellectual benefit of studying economics is to learn there are limits to our social constructs. It is a valuable lesson to learn.