Do you listen to motivational talks?

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Bankai
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Do you listen to motivational talks?

Post by Bankai » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:23 pm

As in title: do you listen to motivational talks / watch motivational videos (i.e. Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Earl Nightingale)?

If yes, how often and did they help you make significant changes in your life? And what are your favourites speakers/videos?

If not, why? Is it because you don't believe in motivation or did you try them and they didn't work, or is there another reason?

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Re: Do you listen to motivational talks?

Post by chenda » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:42 pm

No I have no need or motivation to watch them...

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Post by SavingWithBabies » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:06 am

No. I believe for me self-motivation is key. I also don't understand the concept of role models (which somehow, seems related). I always worry with this kind of thing that the important part is selling the material instead of actually helping. I think true motivation comes from within. It can't be faked. But listening to other people trying to motivate us is enjoyable so it is in the end really entertainment (but I worry it can lead to self-delusion).

Although I thought about it for a couple of days and I do think it is possible for someone to put the seed of an idea into your mind or out there for other people to consume. I just think most of the time, the message is tainted in some way. This comes all the way back to Jacob and ERE in that I think part of the reason I find his arguments persuasive is there isn't anything in it for him (for both good at first and then you start to maybe feel a little bit bad in that there should be some reward for this work -- perhaps monetary reward is not the point though as certainly non-monetary rewards are important too).
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Post by ducknalddon » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:36 am

Hasn't all that happy clappy positive thinking stuff been debunked, it turned out it had the opposite affect to what people expected.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/ ... man-review

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Post by jennypenny » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:30 am

TR had one series on goal setting that helped me change how I view the process. I also found some Jim Rohn videos helpful. I have two bookmarked that I listen to when I need reaffirmation.

I don't like the ones who tell you how to be happy. I like the ones who teach you to go out and get your happy.

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Post by BRUTE » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:53 pm

brute listens to motivational stuff sometimes to brainwash himself, but never crap like Tony Robbins. rah rah fire walk!

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Post by The Old Man » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:43 am

I like listening to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Post by Gilberto de Piento » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:51 am

I read a Tony Robbins book once and thought it was helpful at the time.

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Re: Do you listen to motivational talks?

Post by Riggerjack » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:35 pm

Eh. Listened to a few motivational speakers on YouTube. I would call that entertainment. They do what they do well, but I fail to see the link between what they say, and what I do.

If I want to change something about myself or my surroundings, I find that mapping out the change, and deciding to actually do it, is the challenge. It doesn't take feelings of inspiration, it takes grit.

If you get grit from speakers, more power to you.

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Post by Farm_or » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:21 am

At one time, maybe because I was feeling despondent. But the rest of the time, I feel like the speakers are ultimately talking to themselves. You know? The teacher is the best student sort of thing.

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Post by 20sharkall03 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:43 pm

I have listened to one Brian Tracy cd and that was about seven years ago. It did not do much.

Motivational speakers have never really appealed to me. Normally their message is to illicit some type of emotional response which is unlikely to be interpreted positively. Initially the message sounds uplifting and upbeat where they have a solution for your problems in one/two simple to remember catch phrases and then they apply the same phrase over and over again to every scenario they think of. It comes off as salesman speak for give me money I am a television preacher but with humanism ethics attached. I'll pass.

I would rather devote the time to something more informative and substantive.

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Post by ffj » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:18 pm

A couple of years ago Dragline mentioned Jim Rohn. I am generally not a motivational speaker kind of guy but I really liked his message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TK9zTdB_E

He reminds me of Johnny Carson's wise older brother. It's long, and dated, but really just full of good home spun advice.

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Re: Do you listen to motivational talks?

Post by fiby41 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:34 pm

Does Jordan Peterson count?

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Post by Italiano » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:02 pm

All through the late 80's and early 90's I listened to Zig Ziglar, Earl Nightingale and others. Early by far was my favorite though. Felt it was like my Grandpa telling me the way of the land and yes I feel it helped me alot at least think more about things. I also enjoyed reading books about successful people and thought that as well helped me. I do find motivation/inspiration from other people. Never liked Tony Robbins I will add, he seemed to me to gimmicky .

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Post by SavingWithBabies » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:34 pm

I did read some books like rich dad, poor dad. I've heard about the background on it but I still enjoyed it as it was somewhat thought provoking. I guess I'm just not a big listener of recorded talks. I find ideas inspiring but not so much people.

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Post by Stahlmann » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:02 pm

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Don't care if your customer is not able to make rational decisions.

I've listened to Eben Pagan (he was more into coaching), but stopped after I found beforementioned blog author (it was waaaaaay earlier I read jacob recommendation on Zipf law based on saltydroid entry)

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Re: Do you listen to motivational talks?

Post by LiberateMind » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:35 am

Steve Pavlina blog and books not talks though. Yes it did improve my life noticably.

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Post by fiby41 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:56 am

Does Eminem count?

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Post by ThisDinosaur » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:25 am

There was a documentary on Netfix about motivational speaker James Arthur Ray. He was getting very popular until he held a seminar in a remote location where a bunch of people died. The way he handled that situation was...not motivational. It made me think about how the people who are really good at making pithy quotes about life are not necessarily the same people who are good at living life. Marcus Aurelius stands out as a really rare example of somebody who is revered for inspirational writing as well as his actual accomplishments.

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