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https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar17Post.mp4 We humans love competition. For fun, for business, and for fun. However, it's very easy to shy away from any kind of competition. For kids, this is pretty normal. You'll find plenty of little league sports that are easing the kids into competition. The first step is to get them running around and moving with other kids. The next step is to get them switching from offense to defense, or at least understanding what they mean. During this phase, they "score" but they don't "keep score." In most sports, this is a reminder of ancient battles of territoriality. Protect your goal, attack the other player's goal. Even in chess, they use the words "attack" and "defend." Eventually, the kids will start keeping score. They'll know the difference between the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. This is very, very necessary for a healthy personality. Because competition is EVERYWHERE. You want that ideal job? So do a lot of other folks. You want that cute girl or guy? So do a lot of other folks. You want that perfect house in that perfect neighborhood? So do plenty of other folks. It CAN be possible, in some areas, to avoid competition completely. This makes life VERY safe, but also VERY boring. Competition is where the fun is. Even when watching a football game with your buddies on a Sunday afternoon, they conversation will have competition built into it. Who can tell the funniest joke. Who can come up with the cleverest insults to the refs. Who can jump up and scream the loudest and the most enthusiastically when their team scores. Competition is like that one mohawk dude from one the Mad Max movies. "You! You can run! But you can't hide!" Some competitions are easier to face than others. It's VERY EASY to give up. Especially in modern society, where pretty much EVERYTHING is easy. At least not dangerous. But the MORE you can embrace and engage in competition, the better you'll do. Not in a caveman, battle to the death way. But in the friendly, "attack the other guy's king," chess way. And very often, how strong your competition FRAME is, the better you'll do. This is EXACTLY why boxers give each other the scare of death before the bell rings. This same thing takes place in the boardroom, on the tennis court, and while hanging out with friends. Most of the time, this "competition frame" is fake. A conscious ATTEMPT to demonstrate some kind of dominance. But a REAL and GENUINE competition is VERY powerful. Because it's NOT fake. It's congruent. A deep belief in yourself. Not even to win, but to ENJOY the game. It's one thing to try and fake a dominance frame. But when you present a congruent, "I'm going enjoy this," frame, it will be very rare, and very powerful. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/self-esteem/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar05Post.mp4 Being more flexible is better than being less flexible. It's hard to imagine a scenario when having less flexibility would be an asset, rather than a liability. But flexibility comes in many, many forms. There's physical flexibility, where you can touch your toes without screaming in pain. If you weren't very flexible, for example, and there was a sudden zombie apocalypse, you'd be in trouble. Especially if you were outside when it happened. Particularly if they were the fast running zombies. You see a zombie coming your way, you instinctively run in the opposite direction, and pull a muscle. Not only are you about to get eaten, but you're laying on the ground in pain, grabbing your hamstrings in agony. The last thing that goes through your mind as the zombies gather around and sink their zombie teeth in your delicious flesh: "Dang! I should have spent a few minutes stretching in the morning!" Dong something as simple as a few morning stretches can save your life! Flexibility of thinking is also an asset. And not just in zombie apocalypses. Those who are much more creative in their problem solving skills tend to have much better positions. Today and way back in our evolutionary past. We can imagine an ancient tribe of humans. So long as they had a few guys who could think outside the box, they'd be OK. The guys who could think outside the box would tend to be the tribal leaders. The other guys just needed to do what they were told, and they'd be good. For plenty of people, that would be a dream come true. Show up at any kind of job, be told EXACTLY what to do, and get paid a lot of money. Unfortunately, if you did find a job opening like that, there'd be a kajillion applicants. Once, a long while ago, I actually ALMOST applied for a job like that. I saw an add for meter reader. Walk around, go in people's backyards, and read some kind of meter. Since it was a government job, the pay and benefits were very high. Walk around outside all day, read some numbers off a meter, write them on a clipboard, and make a ton of money. I drove to the building where they were holding the interviews, but I didn't even bother parking. Even though I got there an hour early, the line was HUGE! Everybody LOVES the idea of big pay for brainless work. But if you can manage to develop lateral thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, and more and more ways to skin the proverbial cat, you'll be in a much better position. More authority, more pay, and more people who'll naturally defer to your leadership. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan17Post.mp4 Recently, or perhaps not so recently, there have been a lot of "concern" with AI. That one day soon, robots will take over. Of course, this is nothing new. One of the episodes of the Twilight Zone was some poor guy who put himself out of a job by too much automation. Every since the Industrial Revolution, people have been worried about being replaced by robots. So, perhaps the latest fears of super intelligent AI somehow deciding we humans are obsolete is just another version of that. But consider that humans have something AI will never have. This is easy to understand from an evolutionary perspective. Evolution is based on natural selection. Natural selection is essentially a competition. A fight between and among species, sometimes called "survival of the fittest." But even that label is a bit too understated. Whoever can survive gets to live. Whoever loses, loses. A common misunderstanding is that evolution has some specific goal it is pointing toward. Something "better" or more efficient. It's nice to think that, but it might not be true. The environment evolves naturally. Sometimes heavily influenced by the living creatures, sometimes not. Whoever can "keep up," gets to stay alive. Whoever doesn't, doesn't. What does "keep up" mean, exactly? Getting enough food to stay alive. Having enough sex and making enough copies. Sounds simple, right? Get enough to eat, and get laid a few times? But at the same time, 99% of all living things eventually didn't make the cut. They got eliminated. Thanks for playing. They couldn't get enough to eat, and couldn't have enough sex. One way to think about the slowly evolving environment, and all the living creatures trying desperately to keep us, is with the joke about the two guys hiking who see a bear. Two guys see a bear. One guy starts putting on his running shoes. Other guys says he's crazy since he can't outrun a bear. First guy says I don't need to outrun the bear, I just need to outrun you. This is natural selection in a nutshell. This is also survival within any society, based on any metric, in nutshell. This is why many people like the idea of magic and free stuff. Because at its heart, all life is essentially a competition. People don't like to compete. People like guaranteed incomes and participation trophies. What does this mean, for you, Dear Reader? Embrace the competition. Embrace your inner drive. Your human spirit. To get in the game. Not to play, not to have fun, but to win. Dominate: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/