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Death Sells

There is a definitive link between death and consumer behavior according to a study by Professor Naomi Mandel and co-author, Dirk Smeesters of the Rotterdam School of Management.

"Eat, Drink and Go Shopping: Why Thoughts of Death Whet Consumers' Appetite for Stuff", from knowledge at Wharton.

"The paper explores several aspects of human psychology, but its principal finding is simple enough: When humans think about death, they tend to binge.

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Boiled to death!

The Boiling Frog Syndrome: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he'll jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, it will boil to death. Seth writes about "The Mediocre Emergency, For years, you've been designing, making and marketing stuff in a mediocre way. No one dropped what they were doing to fix the problem.
It's not an emergency.

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Learn, Change or Die

What's killing us: smoking, drinking, diet, stress and lack of exercise has not changed for decades. From Fast Company, the May cover story is "Change or Die." As you can tell by the title, it is about changing behavior, whether it is for health reasons or business. John Kotter, a Harvard Business School Professor says that even in business " The central issue is never strategy, structure, culture, or systems. The core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people."

MYTH: CRISIS IS A POWERFUL IMPETUS FOR CHANGE

REALITY: Ninety percent of patients who've had coronary bypasses don't maintain changes to the unhealthy lifestyles that worsen their severe heart disease and greatly threaten their lives.

MYTH: CHANGE IS MOTIVATED BY FEAR

REALITY: It's too easy for people to go into denial of the bad things that might happen to them. Compelling, positive visions of the future are a much stronger inspiration for change.

MYTH: THE FACTS WILL SET US FREE

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Values

Finding your values and priorities.

Find a quiet place to relax and let your daily cares recede from your mind. Close your eyes, let your mind begin to imagine something that you know will certainly happen someday -- the end of your own life. Imagine yourself in a hospital bed, knowing you have only a few hours left to live or you may imagine your own funeral.

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