In 2020, Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps will honored as New York based PRWeek / Haymarket Media Inc.’s “Communicator of the Year” to honor his work to “reduce stigma around depression and mental health issues.”
Years ago, for just the cost of parking at the Arco Arena in Sacramento California, I went to the “Get Motivated Seminar” and saw Steve Forbes (from Las Vegas via live link), Michael Phelps, Phil Town, Tamara Lowe and Colin Powell.
I did not realize that Phelps, the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals, did something other swimmers did not: trained every single day, year after year, without fail. Just hearing that was motivating for me. Even then, Phelps trained every day — including Sundays, figuring it gives him 52 more days a year in the pool than many of his competitors.- usatoday
Colin Powell was a very good speaker. I enjoyed his story about the perks of his position, what it was like to always have his own private jet, and his story about his meeting with Gorbachev.
It was an interesting seminar.
I also got motivated to try Phil Town’s day trading seminar since my 401K had been taking a royal beating. After researching investools.com, however, I thought I could figure out swing trading on my own with a Google search: Swing Trading Tutorial. After more research, on my own however, I believe that there is not, after all, an easy fortune to be made by swing trading if you are a beginner. A review I read said that it was more risky than the company was letting on.
Being risk averse, I canceled and my card was not charged. For more on motivation, Google “How to motivate people”.
It was still an interesting seminar and looking back on it, I’m glad I went.
In 2019 this write up is still on the net:
Get Motivated! Seminars have reached over 10 million people over the past 30 years and every Fortune 1000 company. Those that have graced our stage include 6 US Presidents, countles Heads of State, and the world’s most successful personalities from sports, media, politics, business, finance and entertainment including President Clinton, Steve Forbes, Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, President Reagan, Terry Bradshaw, Goldie Hawn, Suze Orman, Shaquille O’Neal, Mikhail Gorbachev, Larry King, Zig Ziglar and many more. Visit the Get Motivated! website to see scheduled lineup for your city.. (Yelp)
The Get Motivated Seminars, however, are no longer offered and the www.getmotivated.com domain name is for sale (Nov 26, 2019). The Better Business Bureau website says:
… If you have an unresolved dispute with this company you may wish to seek legal advice.
Out of Business:This BBB Business Profile provides information about the prior ownership of Get Motivated Business Seminars until its assets were sold in or around June 2016. (BBB)
What Actually Motivates people?
When I ask myself this question today, I think of current state of the World Wide Web. What are the top 10 most popular web sites and why?
1. Google (find stuff.) 2. YouTube (watch stuff), 3. Baidu (find stuff, China), 4. Tmall (buy stuff, China), 5. QQ (chat, music, shop, blog, China), 6. Sohu (search, news, games, email, China), 7. Facebook (blog, news), 8. Taobao (shopping, China), 9. Wikipedia (information), 10. Yahoo (mail, news, maps, videos)
It is surprising that by sheer numbers in 2019 the majority of world Internet traffic is trending to be driven by China, the world’s most populated country, currently at 1.4 billion people or 18.1% of the world’s human population. India is second with 1.3 billion people, and the USA is the third most populated country with 330 million people. (Source)
We humans are motivated by Self-actualization, Self-protection, Love and Belonging, Status/Esteem, Mate Acquisition, Mate Retention, and Physiological Needs says one source. That sounds like a good high level summary.
Can you visualize how each of these human motivations maps to Web site use?