Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My latest 'get rich quick scheme'

"The quickest path to making a little money is to have a good mentor but the quickest path to real wealth is to steal a really good idea "

Those crazy researchers at Standford University have come up with another gem. If you are a computer geek we need to talk.  We could make a fortune on this one!

Here is what their research revealed; when they studied sedentary people (that's code for couch potato's) they found that an automated phone call to remind you to exercise had about the same (get up and go) power as calls from human counsellors. Think about that? We are just as motivated by a machine generated message as one from a qualified expert.

Just think of the possibilities? We could sell little motion activated message machines to mothers that they could install in little Johnny's room. When Johnny retreats to his room the machine would nag him to clean his room  just like the real Mom does. I'm sure Mothers around the world would gladly buy our machine to do the nagging for them!

Next thing the woman of the household would want is a programmable husband nagger machine. 'Take out the garbage, cut the grass and don't be late for supper' are just a few of the pre-programmed messages on our machine (in a very sweet voice of course).

Now before I incur the rath of women all over the planet, let's get serious. What does this latest research really tell us? I'm thinking that whenever we tackle changes in our lives we need support,encouragement and reminders. There are huge opportunities for those with the technical expertise to assist those who want to lose weight, quit smoking or become more successful.

Encouragement is addictive and pleasing to all of us.

This is something we knew so well when we are kids, however as we get older we forget just how important it is. It is so much easier to critize and find fault. I wonder if anyone really ever got nagged to success?

So what should we do with this knowledge? First, let's surround ourselves with positive; images, sayings and people. Let's feed our brains with encouragement making sure there is more good stuff going in that crap. 
The problem is that our minds tend to wander almost half of the time.   Mind wandering trouble happens when you let your mind run wild on the negative stuff.   Worrying instead of planning.   Ruminating instead of dreaming.   We need constant reminders to keep us on track.  

Maybe you would like to get a daily, automated phone call from Guru Eduardo, telling you what a wonderful person you are and reminding you to (fill in the blanks)________________. NO? Well, then how about, from someone you deeply admire and respect?

Smile, I have more dumb ideas than you have money!


"it is better to be thought a fool
then to open your mouth and remove all doubt"

Mark Twain

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