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THE ZEIGARNIK EFFECT: WHY PURPOSE SUSTAINS INTEREST

The inherent power of purpose to focus and energize us on any given day and over a lifetime is explained, at least in part (I don’t think we can fully explain it) by a phenomenon called the Zeigarnik Effect. The Zeigarnik Effect states that people remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks better than completed ones. Russian […]

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Reflections on Finding Purpose

REFLECTIONS ON FINDING PURPOSE

I love the scene from City Slickers where Curly Washburn, the rough and tumble cowboy, played by Jack Palance offers the Billy Crystal character, Mitch Robbins, some words of wisdom. Curly tells Mitch that, to figure out the meaning of life, all he has to do is to know this “one thing.” Of course Curly […]

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THE NECESSITY OF PURPOSE

British playwright George Bernard Shaw quipped, “I dread success.  To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship.  I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.” Shaw could […]

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