The consumer treadmill

Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men. John Stuart Mill 1806 – 1873 Treadmills are wonderful — for exercise. Otherwise, being on a treadmill means spending a lot of time and energy but not making any real progress. Unfortunately, we’ve become a nation that spends an awful lot of time on the consumer treadmill. Let me explain what I mean. In the past few decades, the standard of living has increased significantly. Yet our feeling of well being has actually decreased. So many people are earning more money and buying more things, but …
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Why ask “why”?

More information is always better than less. Simon Sinek 1973 – When you’re charged with a task, whether it’s at work, at home, or with friends, does the reason why matter? Does your manager try to motivate you by instilling a sense of purpose in your work? Do you try to motivate family members by sharing why you want them to do things a certain way? We often focus on the tasks we want done and the desired results, yet fail to understand the importance of why. To illustrate the point, let me share an experiment done by Professor Adam …
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What’s your Christmas wish?

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. Eric Sevareid 1912 – 1992 This is the time of the year when the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of Christ. But you don’t need to be Christian to take part in (and benefit from) this celebration. I’d like you to take a few minutes and think up a Christmas wish. If there was a Christmas Fairy who could grant you one wish, what would you ask? Maybe you’d wish that there …
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