Hobbies are “serious fun”. So, my personal motivation is to have fun while doing some ham radio things seriously!
Our personal motivation is different for everyone. For me, I wanted to spend retirement doing interesting things that I never had time for while working. Ham radio, software development and making provided me with a wonderful channel for having fun.
For me, learning can be a means to an end, or an end in itself. Either way is okay. Our hobbies provide a rich opportunity for learning. And it’s not just electronics projects. You can simply build a ham radio station and learn how to use it in many different ways.
Designing and making stuff brings it all together. And I use pretty much everything I make in one way or another. Most of my personal motivation for this web site is documenting my learning, making and using. Which leads nicely to socializing.
I love getting feedback and fresh ideas from people all over the world. Especially for the videos I have posted on You Tube.
So, consider your personal motivation and how you might take things to the next level in your hobby journey.
Personal Motivation Evolves
You may do a project just to learn something, even if you never actually build or use an end product. You can learn how a circuit works using a simulator. You can learn a new skill for a more complex project by building a simpler one.
If your main goal is using a new station accessory, build a kit or a cookbook circuit, and learn a few things along the way.
Similarly, socialization goals can be achieved by presenting a project to your club, or getting involved in a group project.