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  1. All humans are motivated by two things. Two very vague, and very strong motivators. They color all our thinking and acting. We want more of one thing, and less of another. One is pleasure, one is pain. Pain and pleasure are extremely vague ideas. But everything we either move towards, or move away from, can be put in one of these two categories. Things we want, and things we don’t want. This is how all humans learn. When we do things “correctly” it FEELS good. When we make a “mistake,” it FEELS bad. Since we are naturally programmed to do more stuff that FEELS good, we tend to self correct. Especially when we have a much larger goal on the other side of whatever we are practicing. For example, imagine you had a vision in mind of being the star basketball player of your school, and all the good stuff that came along with that. Because that END POINT was so compelling, the natural trial and error would be self motivating. The mistakes you made while practicing wouldn’t be so bad. Because they would give you valuable feedback to get CLOSER to your ultimate goal. All learning (or practicing) is enjoyable if WE are going toward a bigger goal that WE chose. On the other hand, if you are forced to sit and listen to some cranky old lady talk about long division, it SUCKS. You have no idea WHY you are learning such a horrific thing. So when you make a mistake, it REALLY sucks. When you do it correctly, it might feel good, but only because there is no pain. If you happen to be the teacher’s pet type, then doing long division correctly will give you pleasure. This is why the best teachers always find a reason to give their students proper motivation. To explain WHY they need to learn such boring stuff. Learning something for YOUR OWN reasons is fun and sometimes exhilarating. Learning something “just because” pretty much sucks for everybody. But there is another way to inspire people. Completely subconsciously. When you are overtly teaching or training, everybody KNOWS why they are doing what they are doing. To the extent they have a good reason, they’ll enjoy it. But you can also teach completely subconsciously. Not just information, but behaviors. So long as you are SUBCONSCIOUSLY motivating them by THEIR pleasure points, you can slowly train ANYBODY to do pretty much ANYTHING. Needless to say, this is a very POWERFUL skill. How many ways can YOU imagine using it? Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/people-training/
  2. In economics, there is an idea of "excess capacity." It usually refers to a situation where is more labor available than is necessary. A lot of labor "potential" but nothing to do. Imagine a bunch of bored factory workers sitting around waiting for instructions. If the situation lasts long enough, the owner has to start letting people go. But imagine a situation where there was a magic source of money. Just enough to pay the workers and keep all the equipment working. But there was nothing for them to do. They would still have to show up, and do something. Maybe they'd have forklift races or battles. Often unions find themselves in this situation. But without the source of magic money. And if management is too far removed from the daily operations, it's easy to fake activity. This is when people do things just to look busy. A friend of mine was in a situation like that. For a few weeks, all he did was take stuff from one side of the warehouse and stack it on the other. This happens sometimes in prison movies. Some guy gets in trouble, and they make him carry rocks from one pile to another. And then move the pile back. The funny thing about our brains is we ALWAYS have excess "thinking capacity." Sometimes this is put to good use. For example, one of the driving forces of the Industrial Revolution was bored workers. Over a few hundred years, the entire society was doing more or less monotonous manual labor. And as humans tend to do, most of them were thinking, "Dang, there's GOT to be a better way to do this!" And from those thoughts, came all the inventions. Bored thoughts turned into things. And productivity shot through the roof. Most of us today don't use even a tiny fraction of our excess "thinking capacity." We daydream, waste time on social media or TV. Fantasize about romantic relationships that don't exist. But if you take only a tiny portion of your thinking and use it to plan rather than wish, things will change. All it takes is one small connection between thinking and acting, and this will be the seed that grows your empire. Because once you prove to yourself that your thoughts can indeed become things, it will forever change how you think. Instead of day dreaming, you'll be planning. Your ideas will start to oscillate between thoughts and things. After you build up enough momentum, they'll start to grow on their own. And you'll have to do everything just to keep up. Get Started: Seven Disciplines
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