initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision.

self-motivated, adjective Unabridged
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motivitated or driven by oneself or one's own desires, without any external agency

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Example sentences
Additionally, they must be self-motivated and able to work in an environment
  where they receive little direct supervision.
What you describe is great for the already self-motivated patient.
When he begins talking about higher education he specifically talks about
  self-motivated students.
The students broke into two groups: self-motivated and not- motivated.
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