Motivation to buy lottery tickets

January 28, 2008

Motivation to buy lottery tickets

Why do people buy lottery tickets? What is the motivation to bet on such a long shot? One of the ways to examine and understand motivation is to review the apparent stupid (illogical) things that people do. 

Perhaps you buy lottery tickets and might recognize your motivation from this list.

What motivation drives people to buy lottery tickets?


The easy win


Reward without effort


It is my time

The world owes me one

I deserve it

My boss is an idiot

The “if only dream”

It’s only a few dollars


Somebody has to win

You must admit there is no logical reason to buy lottery tickets, yet every week people find the motivation to buy lottery tickets.

Look at the strange things people do. Examine their actions for the motivation and you will better understand people and how to motivate them.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Motivational Thinker

Professional Speaker


Motivational Thoughts January

January 21, 2008

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Motivational Thoughts

If it’s easy you don’t need motivation.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Professional Speaker

Motivational Goal

January 20, 2008

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Motivational Goal

Sir Edmund Hillary died this month.

He was the first person to stand at the top of Mount Everest.

His well known response to the question “why?” was “Because it was there.”

Hillary climbed Everest in May 1953. Everyone that climbed after him knew that it could be done. Hillary proved that it could be done. What motivation drove him to prove the impossible?

Since that time there have been almost 3,000 climbers to reach the summit of the highest mountain on the earth – including the son of Sir Edmund. There have been more than 200 deaths on the mountain.

Sir Edmund is a symbol of motivational excellence. True motivation is believing you can achieve that which has not been done before. Repeating an achievement has got to be easy.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Motivational Kick in the Butt

January 19, 2008

Motivational Kick in the Butt

Have you noticed that some people don’t appear to be motivated?

Perhaps it’s your 20-something son. He is in his twenties not working or working in some nowhere job. He doesn’t seem interested to pursue higher education or a better job. A career just isn’t on the radar.

Party and social time are regular events on his agenda. What can you do to motivate this ‘unmotivated” person? Kick him in the butt. Well you might not be able to do it physically – but perhaps you can give him an emotional kick in the butt.

Ask him about his goals, concerns and fears. And then nail down some motivational goals.

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Professional Speaker


Motivational List

January 6, 2008

Motivational list for the New Year

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions make a list of the things that motivate you. Include all the things that make you feel good about yourself. Those things might be personal, altruistic, financial, physical and/or spiritual. But the ultimate payoff is always emotional. What are the things that you want to do that make you feel good. Examine that list and rate each as A. B or C. A for must do, B for should do and C for nice to do.

Then each week make sure that you spend more time and effort on A items than on B’s and C’s combined. Spend more time on B’s than on C’s

For example let’s assume this list of motivators and ABC ratings:

Of course your own list will look very different.

A – must do

Improving relationship

Finding new job


B – should do

Learning a new language


Volunteer work

Reading industry news

C – nice to do

Watching reality TV show

Drinking wine

Listening to favorite music

Reading fiction

Eating chocolate

Yahoo groups



Create your own motivational list of things that make you feel good.

Have a motivational and productive year.


George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Business Radio Show Host

Motivational New Year

January 3, 2008

Motivational New Year

Are you motivated by the New Year?

The New Year is a motivator for many people. Some are motivated by the change of the year. Why does the change of one digit make such a big deal?

Some are motivated by the ending of one period and the start of another. Endings and starts can be motivational because they delineate time periods and therefore force us to measure and plan. This motivational aspect is especially evident in sports. How many points do we have and how many do we need to win?

A New Year is motivational because it suggests new opportunities. The New Year also suggests the possibilities that old problems will go away. A New Year offers hope – one of the strongest motivational qualities.

In fact I suggest that hope is the key motivational factor. Hope is why people climb mountains, start families, join clubs, invest and endure pain.

What motivates you about the New Year?

More importantly, what will you do with this new found motivation?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Motivational Year!

George Torok

Motivational Speaker

Business Speaker