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.
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!