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True Motivation



I first heard of Dan Pink when browsing through some of the more popular talks on the TED website. Dan Pink has written books on career and businesses. In his latest book, he has taken a great interest in researching and publicizing what it is that motivates people. This content is what fueled his TED talk in July of 2009 and, more recently, another video that he put together. The general premise of these new ideas in motivation, as Philip Brewer puts it:

Paying more for excellent performance is not only a poor way to motivate people, it is actually counterproductive. When a large bonus depends on doing outstanding work, work quality declines. – Philip Brewer


The Long Way Down

Long Way DownApparently, conquering the world’s largest continent was not enough of for everyone’s favorite English duo. Pushing the envelope of modern adventure, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman continue their motorcycle escapades in the television series “Long Way Down”.This time, the lines drawn on the map lead from the northern tip of Scotland to the southernmost coast of South Africa. Three years after their first adventure, “Long Way Down” takes on fourteen of the African countries. That’s right. I said fourteen.

The Long Way Round

I just had one of the most extraordinary days on The Road of Bones. We started at 7:30 and we didn’t stop for a break ’til 6:30 this evening. They were twelve of the most exciting hours of motorcycling I’ve ever done in my life, unbelievable. The roads were just deteriorated and deteriorated. We were riding on mud, gravel, and puddles, and pot holes, and rivers, and bogs. It was just everything thrown at us at once. – Ewan McGregor

“Adventure” is one of those interesting words. It really means something different to everyone. There are adventure movies, adventure books, and adventure sports, and then there are adventure toys and adventure games. Each of these carrying a different definition and with each definition a different interpretation. At some point in history, maybe when fewer and fewer discoveries were being made, adventure has become an adjective and not a noun. Most recently, I had the pleasure of coming across what I believe is a genuine adventure, noun, not adjective.


“I Feel” Statements

This is not communication


Rummaging through the various lifestyle design or personal development websites out there one particular topic that is one very under-represented is communication. Specifically, the “I Feel” statement”, sometimes called simply “I” statement, is an excellent and often overlooked method of highly effective communication. (more…)

Thoughts on having a Positive Attitude

Thoughts on having a Positive Attitude

A couple of days ago my good friend Og presented to his blog followers a great article titled “Stop Whining and Improve your Life“. Og’s post goes into some details of the various “symptoms” one may observe when one suffers from the whining bug. Negativity is the general theme of the symptoms manifesting itself in various ways and becoming a constant in one’s life. The diagnosis is followed up by some recommendation  prescribed to ail the symptoms. (more…)

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