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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The shelf life of motivation

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino 1923 – 1966 No doubt you’ve heard of the ‘shelf life’ of a product — a term typically applied to¬†food. Most food products come with a ‘use by’ date; after that date, the product is no longer at its peak and may not be fit for consumption. I’d like to introduce a different sort of shelf life: that of motivation. When we decide to change a behavior, start a new project, or pursue some other goal, the drive to follow through has a limited life …
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When you must succeed

They can conquer who believe they can. Virgil It’s rather unfortunate, but as humans, we must be hardwired to seek the easy way out. We always seem to be looking for the path of least resistance. This behavior, while designed to conserve our resources, often keeps us from achieving our true potential. We have a bad habit of giving up on tasks when the going gets tough. But there are countless stories of humans who perform superhuman tasks when there’s no other choice. Our greatest achievements seem to come from situations where “failure is not an option” — an expression …
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