Things to Consider

Here are some things to think deeply about

  1. What to say when you talk to yourself.
  2. Can words really hurt you?
  3. Who do you want to be?
  4. What do you want to do?
  5. What do you want to have?
  6. What is your legacy?

Maslov's Hierarchy

Abraham Maslow  was a psychologist who proposed that humans had a hierarchy of needs, as shown to the right. Lower needs must be satisfied first before the higher needs can be considered. So, for example, it would be pointless to discuss how he can impact the world with a man starving to death.


What does that have to do with you? Pretty much everything. Your perception of where you are on this pyramid determines what you want. Once you have food, warmth and shelter, you desire to be free from danger. You want security before you want love, and so on.

It also determines how you communicate to others. Or maybe it should. Rewards that motivate someone fall into this hierarchy. If you want to motivate a starving man, offer food and water instead of a trophy. We can be so much more effective in our communications if we would observe two things about others: 

  • outer conditions
  • inner core motive

For a person whose physiological needs are unmet, the core motive is less important. 

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