I just finished reading my post why Agency > Grit. And then I said-oh yeah, who are you? Mr. So and So, to tell us about Agency! So I thought I'd take a moment to make a quick <- with regard to who I am and why I get to say this silly stuff.
I got a psych degree ('Man', he said drinking his white Russian) so I get a pass on commenting on all things psychological. Then I have masters in social work so that's social and clinical stuff, then I was a play and family therapist for a while so that's more social and clinical stuff.
I wasn't social and clinical enough in my understanding of people to see my impending burnout on the career highway. I left social work to go into IT. As it turns out in the late 90's one of the folks making a lot of money was the for-profit education industry. They needed IT so I hitched my wagon to that train until July 2015. Along the way I learned a lot about motivation, education, and IT and Fake Work. Fake Work is just like you'd think it would be given what you already know about Fake News.
I had a boss that would hand out Brent Peterson's Fake Work so I learned at least a little bit about it. One of the things that the idea of Fake Work taught me was that lots of things can look like work-Steven Pressfield has a giant of a book called the war of art and in it he tells us about real work. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
I am interested in measuring with IT the kinds of things that in the past were measured by self-report. 'How are you feeling today'? and 'Do you know the impact of the Pythagorean theorem'? These are questions that computers can assess in individuals today and I am working on software solutions to do just that.