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VIDEO: The Secret Powers of Time!

Today’s post is a little different.

I’d like to share a wonderful 10 minute animated video with you. In the video,¬†Professor Philip Zimbardo explains the way our whole way of thinking changes, based on whether we are past, present or future focused. (If you can’t see the video, please click here.)


The video was created by The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.) You can learn more about them via their website or their extremely useful YouTube channel, which is packed with valuable content.

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19 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this Jim. It’s very interesting and brings together many streams of thought. Fascinating stuff.

  2. I found this fascinating. It gave me lots of food for thought especially regarding my children. Thank you!

  3. Thanks Jim.

    I love these RSA video and have shared a few over the last year or so.

    This one is particularly fascinating and thought provoking.

  4. Great video! I love their stuff, and that one was packed with lots of great ideas to consider! Our culture does impact how we spend our time, and many groups have the right idea! I lived in Hawaii when I was a kid, and I remember how laid back the lifestyle was. It could have been because I was a kid AND because we didn’t have the internet or really cheap long distance or cell phones, and not just because we were closer to the equator! But I’ve always remember how the Pacific island nations seemed to savor time instead of rushing and wishing it away. Now to spend my time wisely today- it’s our most scarce resource!

    • Welcome to the blog, Tammy and thanks for sharing the observation. You make a great point about the value of our time. People seem to think it’s only as valuable as money – when it’s massively more valuable.

  5. Thanks for sharing this Jim. What fascinates me most is the effect our different cultures have on our thinking and our decisions.

    Our values are subjective. Each of us thinks we have made our own decisions about life and that we are objective in our thinking. But, we’re only “objective” within the scope of our environment, society and training.

    My biggest takeaway is that we often do the same thing with our business/achievement goals. Are we really focusing on what’s best for us or are we overly influenced by what others tell us is important, what others achieve, and what others want us to buy?

    Something to think about! Thanks again.

    Carmelo

    • Hi Carmelo. I like your point about our goals being OUR goals and not the goals we feel socially pressured into setting. One of the reasons people fail to reach their goals, is that they are not compelled by them. Their goals have too little ‘pulling power’. In many cases, it’s because the goal is something they think they ‘should’ ant, rather than something they must have.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      • Right. It sure takes a lot of (unswayed) introspection and patience to uncover what WE really want. To paraphrase Brian Tracy, we must first determine what we really, really, really, really, REALLY want to maintain the “pulling power” as you say.

        You’re doing great work, Jim.

  6. hello Jim,

    this dideo says alot. i appreciant you efforts. keep the good work

    you are the true meaning of marketing

    thanks

  7. Thanks for turning me on to these RSA videos… ALL are very thought-provoking!

  8. Time is the biggest weapon.

  9. Fabulous video and gives much food for thought. I hadn’t thought about perspectives on time from a cultural viewpoint but that makes a lot of sense, fascinating.

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