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Personal Strength is the Heart of personal Drive

by Rick Baker
On Mar 30, 2015

Dan Pink wrote about 3 Drives:

  1. Biological Drive
  2. Reward and Punishment Drive
  3. To direct our own lives, to extend and expand our capabilities, and to make contributions

Apparently, scientific evidence shows that 3rd Drive is the most important Drive.

In a zone similar to that 3rd drive - but far more eloquent and provocative - Nietzsche wrote, “Physiologists should think again before postulating the drive to self-preservation as the cardinal drive in an organic being. A living thing desires above all to vent its strength - life as such is will to power -: self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent consequences of it.”

I think the 3 most important human attributes are:

  • Intelligence
  • Self-Control
  • Drive

Every human being possesses the seeds of intelligence, self-control, and drive at birth. To a certain degree, and the degree varies from person to person, we develop these three abilities over time. The amount of intelligence and self-control we develop determines the extent we are able to express our strengths. Drive is all about putting energy to productive use...drive is innate...intelligence and self-control protect drive from negative influences [...both intrinsic and extrinsic influences].

And, no question, Nietzsche's view resonates in my mind.

If, as Aristotle said, we are what we repeatedly do then by doing a few new things we can change who we are.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 16, 2014

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The power of, problem with, and opportunity embedded in habits.

Help people do new things...little-but-new things...that is, if you want to help them make changes for the better.


Thought Tweet #987

by Rick Baker
On Apr 29, 2014

Thought Tweet #987 "Men trust their ears less than their eyes." It took 2400 years for psychologists to confirm this ancient wisdom.

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Men trust their ears less than their eyes."


Greek Historian, 484BCE-425BCE

Now, 2400 years after Herodotus, psychologists are completing experiments that confirm Herodotus' ancient wisdom...our eyes overrule our ears...truly, we do believe what our eyes see them do more than what our ears hear them say. This applies to their major actions and to their minor body-language signals.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

by Rick Baker
On Apr 4, 2014

Chinese Proverb: The palest ink is better than the strongest memory.

So we must repeat, repeat, repeat. 

Many people get annoyed when other people forget this or that.

I smile and remind myself to repeat, repeat, repeat.

Actually - I use an autosuggestion [self-talk] process of repeating to myself the message "I must repeat my messages to others". In this way I am certainly practising what I am preaching.


Tip: If you want to reduce your stress levels then focus your attention on how you feel when you find yourself in a situation where someone did not follow your instruction or, in some other way, didn't receive the message you were trying to send. If you feel annoyed by other people's failure to get your message or failure to remember your message or failure to act on your message then - replace your annoyance with a healthy dose of repetition. And, while you do the repetition test your pulse regularly to make sure you are not feeling annoyed.

Plan as you would for any important task.

Set strategies and tactics for repeating, repeating, repeating.

Then go about repeating your messages calmly and clearly and:

  • watch how repetition helps improve other people's ability to remember and take action,
  • watch how repetition improves results...the results you desire,
  • watch how repetition reduces your stress level, and
  • watch how repetition improves your attitude.

On Influence

by Rick Baker
On Mar 24, 2014

Influence is the magical part of leadership.

Influence is the magic that allows leaders to convert Vision and Desire into amazing actions and thrilling accomplishments.

So...How does one positively Influence others along the road to success?

Q: Does one need to be Intelligent?

A: Yes.

Q: Does one need to master Self-Control?

A: Yes

Q: Does one have to have Integrity?

A: Yes...if the success is to be constructive and sustained.

Q: Does one have to know People, Processes, & Situations?

A: Yes.

Q: Any other things?

A: Yes...here's 5...and here's 5 more...and here's another 5...and there's more.


What do the wise have to say about Influence? 

My favourite inspirational educator, Napoleon Hill said...

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."

One of my heroes, Napoleon Bonaparte, said...

"The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need."

Dale Carnegie, who wrote the book on how to win friends and influence people, said...

“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” 

Clint Eastwood, a widely respected Hollywood icon, said...

"It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives."

And an unknown author said...

"Influence may be the highest level of human skills."


If you want to be a great leader, or a good leader, or even a leader who accomplishes a few meaningful things...it's tough to argue that last point.

PS: Sustained positive Influence is the cause that leads to trust.


Thought Tweet #960

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2014

Thought Tweet #960 The great teachers didn't dwell on stress. They focused on the human virtues.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

'Stressed' is a modern mindset.

Stressed: don't forget it's just a reverse palindrome for desserts.


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