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Even Monkeys Have Tipping Points

… And What It Can Mean For Us!

By Mark Bowser

The Japanese monkey known as Macaca fuscata had been studied for decades. Scientist had been observing them in their natural habitat.

In 1952, scientists decided to change the game a little. On the island of Koshima, the scientists began dropping sweet potatoes into the sand. They were curious to see what the monkeys would do with them. The monkeys loved the taste of the sweet potatoes but they were not too fond of the dirty sand all over their food.

One day, an eighteen month old female monkey the scientists had named “Imo” decided that she was going to wash her sweet potatoes in a nearby stream before she ate them. The scientists watched intently as Imo carried her sweet potatoes and began scrubbing the sand off of them. She loved the taste of the now clean sweet potatoes.

Imo then went on to teach her mother as well as the other young monkeys around her own age on how to clean their sweet potatoes too. Pretty soon, there was a whole group of the monkeys that were cleaning their sweet potatoes in the nearby stream before they ate them. This went on from 1952 to1958.

Then, a very curious thing happened. As more and more monkeys began washing their sweet potatoes, it appeared that the monkeys hit a tipping point in their community. All of a sudden, almost all of the monkeys on the island of Koshima were washing their sweet potatoes.

Then an even more amazing thing happened when all of a sudden monkeys on other nearby islands began washing their sweet potatoes too. How did that happen? It wasn’t as though any monkeys from Koshima swam to the other islands and began presenting seminars on how to clean sweet potatoes. It just happened! But how?

We may never know how or why monkeys on the other islands began practicing the same cleanliness. But, we know that communities do hit tipping points. And we do know that some products will become the next fashion trend and some videos go viral.

It appears that thoughts have energy kind of like radio waves. Have you ever been thinking of something and a friend calls you on the phone and starts talking about the exact same thing? It is kind of freaky, isn’t it? But, it happens.

If one monkey named Imo can change an entire monkey community … then what can we do if we put our minds to it to change our community? Just some food for thought.

Thanks for reading today!

*Mark Bowser can be contacted at www.MarkBowser.com.

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It’s All About…LEADERSHIP!

It’s All About…LEADERSHIP

Your Value to the Marketplace is the Problems You Can Solve

By Mark Bowser

Life is a series of problems. Experts say that we’re all in one of three places. One, you just came out of a crisis. Two, your in a crisis right this moment, or three…guess what…you’re getting ready to head into a crisis.

So, life is a series of problems. More importantly, life is about how we handle problems. I see problems simply as opportunities in disguise. That may sound like a cliche, but that doesn’t make it not true. Problems can mean growth if you choose to look for the opportunity.

The super successful are problem solvers. Our value to the marketplace is in solving problems. For example, if we don’t solve a problem for a customer, then we aren’t worth anything to them. That’s harsh, but it’s also true.

The famed author and preacher, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was plagued with a problem one day. He just couldn’t come up with a solution and he felt like he was up against an obstacle the size of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Finally, Norman was told he needed to go see this particular wise old man. They said if anyone can help you find a solution, it is this man. So, Norman relented and he went to visit the old man. The man opened the squeaky front door and allowed Norman to enter the house.

The old man led Norman to the living room and pointed to a chair for him to sit down. The old man sat down adjacent to him in a well worn recliner. While rocking back and forth, the old man asked, “Son, what brings you out this way?”

Norman shared his miserable problem with the old man and every thing he had tried to no avail to solve it. The old man leaped out of his chair like a rocket launching from Cape Canaveral. Norman couldn’t believe that the man could move that quickly.

All of sudden, the old man started to raise his hands in the air over and over again while walking in a circle in the middle of the room. Norman began to wonder what he had gotten himself into. Was the old man delusional? Had he lost his mind?

Sheepishly, Norman asked, “Sir, may I ask what you are doing?”

“Why, I am heaping up the problem of course. You can’t expect to solve a problem until you get it in a pile.”

After a moment, the old man stopped ‘heaping” the problem and continued walking in a circle — this time poking a crooked, raggedy finger into an imaginary pile. Norman asked, “What are you doing now?”

“Why, I am looking for the soft spot. Every problem has a soft spot. You can’t solve a problem until you find it’s soft spot….Hey, there it is right here! Son, that is where you will find your solution.”

In his wild eccentric way, what this old man was dong was helping Norman kickstart his creative juices. Every problem has a solution if you believe there is a solution and choose to look for the opportunity. Sometimes, the opportunity isn’t found where you expect it to be found. Sometimes, it is a shift in an attitude which leads you to acceptance and then to a new horizon which in turn leads to the new opportunity.

If you need a new answer to solve a problem then you had better ask new questions. Many times we stare at our problem like we are staring at a brick wall. Instead, we need to look for the door to walk through or at least a window to climb in from.

To be super successful in this life, we have to be solution oriented. I want you to do something for me — actually it is for yourself. I want you to pull out a piece of paper. Go ahead. I’ll wait. I’m not going anywhere.

Alright. Now, I want you to jot down on the paper a problem you are dealing with right now. It may be a business problem you are is experiencing. It may be a relationship problem. Whatever it is, write it down now. Let’s deal with that problem immediately.

Many people don’t want to face their problem. It is equivalent to throwing a little monster under the table so we can’t see it. However, hidden from view, that little monster of a problem finds crumbs under the table and it begins to eat. It grows and gets bigger and bigger. Eventually it is so big that the table can’t hide it anymore and we have to deal with it. So, let’s deal with it now while it is small.

Heap the problem up and look for the soft spot and before you know it…it won’t be a problem anymore. It will have been solved.

*Excerpted and adapted from Mark Bowser’s Seminar The Foundation of Success. To schedule Mark Bowser as a speaker for your next event or conference then email info@MarkBowser.com or visit www.MarkBowser.com

*Mark Bowser is the author of several books including Sales Success with Zig Ziglar, Some Gave It All with Danny Lane, Jesus, Take the Wheel, and Sell Your Way to Success.

A review of book “Influence” 

A book review by Mark Bowser of “Influence” by Robert Cialdini.
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Why Clothes Are Vital

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”
Mark Twain
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