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  1. Many things come in two's. Night and day. Eating and digesting. Being awake and being asleep. Work and leisure. In economics, they classify all behaviors into two categories. Labor and leisure. Labor is a DISUTILITY. Which means it kind of sucks. Leisure is a UTILTIY. Which means it DOESN'T suck. We LIKE leisure. We don't like labor. We only DO labor so we can enjoy our leisure. Both can be improved. If you can improve your "labor skills" you can make more money. Have a better and more rewarding career. Live in a better neighborhood, have sexier friends. But what about leisure? For most folks, leisure simply means turning ON the TV, and turning OFF your brain. That IS easy. That IS enjoyable. Especially if you have a couple six packs and a sack of burritos. And if there's some good TV on, life couldn't be better. Right? Nope! Lucky for us, your leisure skills CAN be improved just like your labor skills. What does this mean? Becoming more efficient with the remote control? Finding ever more delicious burrito shops? Well, that would be a start. Nothing wrong with wandering the Earth searching for the perfect burrito. But having fun is more fun when there are other people. After all, having a burrito-TV-beer party is more fun with friends that it is alone. Anything is better with close friends than it is alone. And the more you INTERACT with those friends, the more fun you'll have. The more easily you can interact with PEOPLE in general, the more fun you'll have. Turns out there is a WHOLE BUNCH of social skills you can use ONLY for having fun. When work is done and your boss is out of your mind. What kind of skills? Party skills. Joke telling skills. On the spot humor skills. Story telling and anecdote skills. Super outgoing confident and playful skills. Turns out you can build up these PARTY SKILLS just as much as you can build any other skill. So much that you can be the life of ANY party. Even if there isn't a party. Waiting for the bus, standing in line at the supermarket, flirting with baristas and waitresses and bartenders and shop clerks. With enough party skills you can MAKE a party happen anywhere. And with anybody. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/party-hero/
  2. https://mindpersuasion.com/feasts-and-famines/
  3. Economics is something few people actively study. They don't teach it in school. And unless you are going to major in economics, chances are you won't take any official courses. Yet understanding economics is essential. Because economics allows for an understanding of human nature. Of human decision making. Many suppose the reason they specifically DON'T teach economics in school is so it's much easier to con us. The MAIN THING economics FORCES us to understand is what things costs. And that is the ONE QUESTION those in charge don't want us to ask. They'd rather promise us stuff so we NEVER wonder what that stuff is going to cost. But EVERYTHING cost something. Either now, or later. But a deeper idea in economics is the idea of diminishing returns. Imagine you're really hungry. Imagine it's your ONE cheating day per week. And you are about ready to eat a HUGE plate of carne asada nachos. All week you've been eating boiled chicken breast and cabbage. The FIRST BITE of carne asada nacho is going to be DELICIOUS. As will the next couple of bites. But as you keep eating, each successive will be LESS and LESS delicious. Pretty soon you'll reach a tipping point. Where each bite is not only not delicious, but painful. This is the law of diminishing returns. You KEEP doing the same thing. But the BENEFIT (the returns) keep getting less (diminish). If you have ten days off from work, each day is going to be a LITTLE less rewarding than the last. If you slip into a hot bath after a long day's work, each minute will be LESS relaxing than the previous. This idea will OBLITERATE any goals you have if you don't understand. It happens like this. On DAY ONE of your plan, your motivation is HUGE. The imagined benefit is HUGE. The imagined COSTS of getting that goal are small, since you're just starting. But each day you go forward, something happens. The costs INCREASE. They move from imagined, to real. The imagined benefit DECREASES. Each day you imagine the benefit, the law of diminishing returns kicks in. And makes it seem less and less valuable in mind. The visualized BENEFITS are decreasing over time. The actual COSTS are increasing over time. When you started, and the benefit was HUGE, since you'd JUST STARTED to imagine them. The costs were SMALL, since you could ONLY imagine them. But each day, the costs increase, and the imagined benefits decrease. Pretty soon you reach a tipping point. Where the COSTS are LARGER than the benefits. And it's NATURAL at this point, to give up. This is why nearly EVERYBODY sets goals. But very few people ACHIEVE goals. Turns out the entire self-help industry is FILLED with misconceptions. Luckily, once you understand basic human nature, you can create a much better plan. One that will make success much more natural. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/self-help-fail/
  4. One of the reasons few people ever achieve their goals has to do with chaos theory. What the heck is chaos theory? It's actually very puzzling idea. They discovered when they started looking at computerized weather patterns. Turns out that changing the initial conditions just a teeny tiny bit will have a HUGE impact a couple weeks out. This is a simple system with just a few variables. This has nothing to do with measurement technology or even quantum physics. But an infinitesimally tiny change in the present will have UNPREDICTALBE results a couple weeks out. They run these weather patterns over and over. Even when the initial conditions are nearly IDENTICAL, the outcome a couple weeks out is completely different. This is where the term "butterfly effect" comes from. Meaning that if a butterfly flaps its wings, it can create DRASTIC changes in weather systems a couple weeks out. What does his have to do with setting goals? Whenever we set ANY kind of long term goal, we have NO IDEA what is going to happen in the future. Even with something as "simple" as weight loss. On the surface, it SEEMS straightforward enough. Eat less and exercise more. But when you make the decision, you are in one state of mind. And in order to CONTINUE to eat less and exercise more, you will need to be in a different state. And since you have NO IDEA what it will be like to operate from that state, you're essentially GUESSING about the future. Even when you go to a familiar restaurant, you DON'T KNOW what you are going to order when you get there. This is when you KNOW you are going to eat something. In a future that is less than an hour away. How the heck are you supposed to be able to predict what and how you'll eat two to three months out? This is why any goal more than a day or two out CANNOT be specific. The more specific it is, the less likely it will happen. Since you have NO IDEA what you'll be doing or thinking or feeling between now and then. So what's the answer? Give up? Nope. Just keep your goals from being specific. Turns out all you REALLY need to know is the DIRECTION you are going in. Imagine going on a two week road trip across the country. And trying to predict, down to the second, each day. Impossible! All you really need is the direction. You'll get there when you get there. And figure it out along the way. Goals are no different. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/goal-setting-sucks/
  5. If you were going to bake a cake, it would be pretty easy. At least if the recipe was simple. But even simple recipes can get complicated. The best chefs spend years learning their craft. The more complicated something is, the more time it takes to learn. The more room for error there is. And the more valuable high level skills are. Which is exactly why world class chefs make tons of money. They can create things that few other people can. Anything that is world class involves a lot of different ideas. You start by doing what you're told. Beginning artists have to master some very basic skills. Only when ALL the basic skills have been mastered can they start to create things from scratch. Some things are matters of pure determination, and very little creative talent. For example, if you wanted to become a world class marathoner, you could spend your time doing very basic things. Eating a very measured diet. Spending your time doing very specific things. Creative ability wouldn't come into play. Other areas may create a LOT of creative talent, and not a lot of athletic type perseverance. The more you rely on other people telling you what to do, the less you'll need creative talent, and the more you'll need old school resilience and dedication. If you wanted to be a world class athlete, for example, you could hire a team of coaches and follow their instructions EXACTLY. On the other hand, if you wanted to be a world class artist, you wouldn't get very far by expecting to be told what to do. Life is much more of an artistic creation than a race. Meaning the type of life you CREATE is much more up to you than you realize. Unfortunately, many people don't realize this. Or they are terrified. Most people are DESPERATE to be told what to do. The more you rely on other people telling you what to do, the less original your life will be. But many people are willing to forego ANY chance of greatness in exchange for a stable, although boring, life. Greatness takes risk. Greatness takes courage. Greatness takes time and perseverance. Most people can follow directions. But following directions won't generally get you much. Inside the comfort zone is safety. Outside is where everything is. Everything worth going after. What will you do? Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/goal-setting-sucks/
  6. Economics is often referred to as the dismal science. It's easy to see why. It forces us to see exactly how much things cost. Not just in monetary terms, but in all terms. One thing you have to learn and apply in chemistry is the idea of conversation of matter and energy. One can turn one into the other (matter into energy or energy into matter) but you can't just poof it into our out of existence. So when you write down steps of a chemical reaction, you need to do a kind of bookkeeping. You have to make sure that the energy and matter one ONE side of the equation is the SAME as the energy and matter on the OTHER side of equation. This is true in chemistry, and it's true in financial accounting. In many movies there is the egghead character type. The non-emotional type who keeps the books of the criminal mastermind. He is treated almost like an untouchable wizard. Since he KNOWS where all the money comes in, and where it goes, he is an ESSENTIAL part of any criminal operation. He's also the most likely target of law enforcement. For example, Al Capone was a blatant gangster. He smuggled alcohol, he murdered people. But the easiest way to lock him up was tax evasion. Which required getting to his financial records. If you become a CPA (certified public accountant) you can make a LOT of money. If you think of a business as a organism, the money flow into and out of the company is the lifeblood of the company. So knowing EXACTLY where it's healthy and where it isn't is a very valuable skill. But it's also a valuable skill in everyday life. But this requires ditching any magical thinking, and making some very difficult thinking. Economic thinking. Dismal science thinking. But think of the alternative. Of hoping and wishing. Imagine if modern companies did that. Imagine they didn't hire accountants. They just bought stuff, made stuff, sold stuff, and hoped for the best. Naturally, they wouldn't last long. Imagine if you ran your own finances that way. (Unfortunately, many people do). You spend money until you can't. You use credit cards until you can't. You never sit down and check how much is coming in and how much is going out. In the short term, measuring everything is very, very difficult. But it is EXTREMELY difficult to achieve any kind of lasting success unless you do. The only alternative is to cross your fingers and hope for magic. There are, in fact, two words in "dismal science." Once you get past the "dismal" part, all that's left is science. Very predictable. Very repeatable. Very scalable. And you can use SCIENCE to build anything you want. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/goal-setting-sucks/
  7. There's an idea in economics called "diminishing returns." Unfortunately, most people never study economics. For one, it's not taught in school. And since it's used as a "tool" to "control" society, they make it seem much harder than it really is. It's actually not even a science. It's more of a description of natural human behavior. For example, suppose you were on a diet. And it was the kind of diet that allowed one cheating day per week. And on your upcoming cheating day, you were going to have a huge bowl of chili cheese fries. The first fry would be absolutely delicious. And the next, and the next. But pretty soon, the more fries you ate, the less delicious they'd be. Pretty soon you'd be stuffed, and the thought of eating ANOTHER fry might make you shudder in agony. It's called "diminishing returns" because you keep doing the same thing, namely, shoveling a cheese and chili covered french fry into your mouth. But each subsequent one gives you LESS pleasure. The SAME behaviors, over time, deliver LESS return. Or the returns (for your efforts) diminish. Of course, when economists talk about diminishing returns, they don't usually talk about eating chili cheese fries. They talk about things like hiring workers for your business. Suppose you had ten workers. And you wanted to hire one more. And one more worker got you an increase in productivity of 10%. (10 to 11 gives you a 10% increase) Going from ten to eleven workers would increase productivity by 10% And suppose that one worker cost you $50,000 per year. So far so good, right? But if you added ANOTHER worker, for ANOTHER $50,000 per year, you would get LESS return for the SAME increase in pay. Going from 11 workers to 12 would only get you an increase of 9% increase. But that 9% increase (11 workers to 12) would cost the same as a 10% increase (10 workers to 11). Turns out this idea of diminishing returns is EVERYWHERE. And unless you fully understand it, it can mess you up. If you've ever set a goal, perhaps you've tried using a VISION BOARD. Or maybe writing goal statements everywhere. But guess what? Those have diminishing returns as well. That first day you put up a vision board, for example, it feels pretty good to look at. But just like the chili fries, each day you look at it, it will motivate you less and less. This is ONE PROBLEM that keeps many people from not achieving their goals. A misunderstanding of basic human behavior. The good news is that with a more thorough understanding, and a re-engineered goal strategy, setting and getting "goals" (they really shouldn't be called that) is MUCH easier. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/goal-setting-sucks/
  8. One of the reasons economics is called the "dismal science" is it FORCES us to think in terms of costs. Nobody likes the idea of paying for something. We are very much open to the idea of getting something for nothing. In fact, this is the HEART of PT Barnum's famous saying, "there is a sucker born every minute." What's NOT said is the next part. The REASON those suckers are suckers. They are suckers because they are WILLING to believe something that is too good to be true. Namely, circumventing the most basic laws of nature. That EVERYTHING costs something. Even at its most basic level, all movement requires calories. You need to continuously consume calories (energy) or you will die. All living things evolved to be LOCKED IN to the idea of always living within a positive ROI. A positive Return On Investment. Meaning that every single thing that lives on this planet NEEDS to consume at least the SAME or MORE calories than it burns. Every single day, every single living thing needs to GET at least as many calories as it needs. It it goes below it's bare-bones threshold, it will die. For us lucky folks living in a post-industrial, post information, post-economies-of-scale age, it doesn't seem like that. We don't have to expend very much energy to get TONS of energy. But this is a very, VERY, recent development in human history. On a very "meta" level, built in to the idea of getting a positive ROI is the idea of TRADE or EXCHANGE. Every time you breathe, you are EXCHANGING gasses in your blood. Every time you ACT, you are changing your present state for a future state. Humans are so successful in part because we are very good at collaborating. We are very good at building teams of people with a diverse set of skills. Our entire economy is build on this idea. And has been since the dawn of time. People make or grow stuff, sell it for money, and the use that money to buy the things they want. The more people participate in this GINORMOUS economy, the more stuff gets invented. But this trade happens on an interpersonal level as well. Subconsciously. You hang out with your friends because you enjoy their company, and they enjoy your company. An equal trade. The better feelings you NATURALLY create in others, the more they will BENEFIT by your presence. And the more they will be willing to OFFER to BE in your presence. When you begin see YOU as the one who defines the COSTS of being around YOU, the "dismal" science won't be so dismal any more. It rarely is for those who have a product that EVERYBODY wants. How can YOU be that product? Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/walk-away/
  9. https://mindpersuasion.com/ancient-black-magicians/
  10. One of the reasons economics is called the “dismal science” is because of the idea of opportunity costs. If you’ve got ten bucks in your pocket, you can buy whatever you can get for ten bucks. Whatever you decide to buy, when you hand over that ten bucks, that’s the direct cost. The opportunity costs are all the things you CAN’T buy once you make your decision. Say you’re in fast food land. And you decide to buy a gigantic carne asada burrito combo with your ten bucks. The opportunity costs are all the things you CAN’T buy once you decide on the burrito. Nachos, burgers, a fat blunt, anything. Opportunity costs are one of the main reason we don’t go after goals. Everybody wants more money, more love, more sex, more free time, quieter neighbors, more respect, etc. But we also enjoy all the stuff we enjoy. And once we start doing things to GET the things we want, we MUST stop doing some of the things we like doing. Even WORSE is the idea that we are wasting our time. Meaning we might spend year trying something that will hopefully get us more money, but what if it doesn’t work? That would be horrible! Not only can we NOT DO the things we would have done (opportunity costs) but the stuff we ARE doing aren’t getting us SQUAT! Instead, we prefer to “imagine” that one day through some kind of “magic” the stuff we want will just “happen” somehow. Without any effort on our part. In the present moment, this is an easy and comfortable thought. But since it’s a fantasy, thinking this way comes with its own opportunity costs. While you are sitting around waiting for the magic wish fairy to show up, you could be doing REAL things that will give you REAL improvement. Developing the base skills that NEED to exist beneath every other skill. The mental practice and rehearsal exercises that will make all other skills easy. The mental foundations of ALL success. What are these, exactly? You can learn all about them. Here: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-skills/
  11. https://mindpersuasion.com/the-human-condition/
  12. https://mindpersuasion.com/overlapping-selfishness/
  13. They call economics the dismal science for a reason. It forces us to ditch magical thinking. It is possible to succeed with magical thinking, but it also requires you be incredibly lucky. This is the drawback with studying how to succeed from successful people. The truth of most success is that it’s MOSTLY unconscious. People show up with a collection of skills. And they show up with those collection of raw skills at the right time. And they succeed wildly. But then when they try to explain WHY they succeeded, they necessarily miss a lot of information. Even worse is when they attribute their success to some magical laws. Think about if from their perspective. Imagine if you show up on planet earth with plenty of raw talent, and very decent looks. You become successful. Later in life, people ask HOW you become so successful. Which explanation do you think you’d rather use? A) There is a magic law of success I was able to discover and resonate with. Dude, I have ZERO idea! Just lucky, I guess! One, (A), keeps people focused on you. The other, (B), makes people NOT focus on you. Even get ANGRY at you for being lucky. This isn’t easy to hear. But since the sun comes up every morning, and if you toss a ball in the air a million times, it’s going to come back down a million times, we have to accept that we live in a universe that is governed by LAWS. Not goofy and untestable laws like “If you believe it, you’ll achieve it!” But measurable and testable laws. Like laws of money. What are the laws of money? If you provide genuine value to somebody else, based on THEIR subjective value system, they will HAPPILY pay you. Some people are indeed lucky. They don’t need to try hard to provide value to others. They just do what comes natural. But they are STILL getting paid due to the laws of money. They ARE providing value to others, based on those others’ subjective values. Just because the lucky ones don’t understand that, it doesn’t mean it’s magic. Once upon a time, people thought negative numbers were proof of witchcraft or voodoo. Not understanding something does make it magic. It just means you don’t understand. And if you DO understand it, you can leverage it. Lucky for us, the laws of money are written into our DNA. Contrary to what the goofs who run the world tell us, money is NOT something that the “authorities” need to create. Because every single time you get enough people together, they will INVENT a form of money. And every time a society has invented a basic form of money, technology always takes off. Money is an instinct. Wake it up, and get some. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
  14. There is a very critical transition that humans need to make. This has nothing to do with culture or politics or any kind of metaphysical mumbo jumbo. This is based purely on biology and mathematics. Societies need stuff. They need a certain number of people to make that stuff. Doesn't matter if the society is filled with 100,000,000,000 people or 100 people. Every human needs a certain amount of energy in the forms of calories, and energy in other forms. Electrical, gas powered, solar, etc. We need food to live, and we need energy to power our stuff. Even ancient cavemen had these constraints. Calories to live, and heat to keep warm and keep away the predators. A certain consumption of food-energy inside their bodies, and a certain consumption of heat-energy outside their bodies. Whether you've got a group of caveman, or a massively modern society, this energy doesn't just fall out of the sky. It needs to be produced. By people. And when it comes to the bare bones necessities, you can separate people into two categories. Producers and consumers. Based on pure math, you need a bare minimum of stuff (food, energy, materials) to run a society. The fewer people that are producing this stuff, the harder it will be to maintain this society. One of the deadliest mind-viruses that can literally KILL any society is, "it's not my responsibility to produce stuff. It's somebody else's responsibility." The reason this is a DEADLY mind-virus has nothing to do with politics, or demographics, or religion or any type of ideology. It's deadly because of pure math. Because if you ever get to point where NOT ENOUGH people are "producing" and TOO MANY people are consuming, it's game over. Imagine a tribe of cave people who ALL decided it wasn't "their job" to go out hunting. So nobody hunted. As you can guess, these dudes wouldn't live very long. Today is no different. Fundamentally, you can be a producer, or you can be a consumer. Most people are a little of both. But most people consume MORE than they produce. This is equally deadly. Luckily, humans are not naturally lazy. We are driven to produce. To compete to see WHO can produce the most. Who can kill the biggest animal. THIS is human nature. For many, it's been hammered to sleep. Through our hopeless educational system, endless crap on TV and social media, but it's there. And when you wake it up, your life will transform. This is the HUMAN drive that has created EVERYTHING. Fire Yours Up: http://mindpersuasion.com/beta-male/
  15. Humans are hard wired to "rise to the occasion." But only when we absolutely have to. In a way, we are very paradoxical creatures. We are best when we're pushed up against the wall. We dig deep, we think the most creatively, we act the most resourcefully. This is why "necessity is the mother of invention." The idea that you can just sit around and think up genius ideas really isn't possible. At least not for many. If you did do that, you would have to consciously PUSH yourself. This is the real difference between geniuses and non-geniuses. We ALL have the capacity to think genius level thoughts. But most of us never NEED to. Unless our lives never depend on it. One way to look at the human race is as a scared, lazy people. We wait until they VERY LAST minute to solve problems. But when we do, we surprise ourselves. But the REASON we do is so we can be lazy and scared again. Which brings us to the paradox. We spend our lives finding shortcuts, figuring out ways to get more with less. To stay as safe as possible. This is when our creativity is at the SMALLEST. Only when we feel like we are on the brink of death to we suddenly step up and take care of business. When our laziness and safety is threatened, do we become super genius creators. And as soon as they danger passes, we slink back down into our comfort zones. The greatest scientists and geniuses had a peculiar trait. They didn't wait around for EXTERNAL INCENTIVES to inspire their genius. They cultivated INNER INCENTIVES. They built them up so strong they acted like external incentives. Anybody can respond to external incentives. That's kind of how we're wired. Anybody can dig deep when you're facing death. Few people can dig deep when you're fat and happy. But if you can find your inner creator, your inner genius, your inner explorer, and be obedient to that one, you will surprise even yourself. Most people wait until they have no choice. But if you wait too long, it may be too late. Catastrophe has a strange tendency to show up when it's least expected. Like a thief in the night. You might want to prepare yourself, while others are busy with Netflix and Facebook. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/beta-male/
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