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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May31Post.mp4 Most things fall prey to the dismal science. The dismal science being economics. Why dismal? Because economics forces us to confront the harsh truths of life. That everything costs something. That there is no free lunch. For example, a common expression in business is that you can have it fast, you can have it cheap, and you can have it high quality. But you can only pick two. If it's fast AND high quality, it's going to be VERY EXPENSIVE. It it's cheap and high quality, it's to take a LONG TIME. But for some things, this only SEEMS to be true. For things out there, in the world, economics rules. For for inside our brains, how we think about things, it doesn't HAVE to be that way. For example, consider the common trajectory of the normal human. We are born with these wide open, spongy brains. We are learning machines. This description, "learning machines," is based on how much we ENJOY learning. When we are very young, we absolutely CRAVE information. Data. So we are compelled to run around and explore things as much as possible. As we grow older, this relentless craving for data gets hammered down. That's why when we are adults, and we act "childish" we are told to "grow up." But consider that there are two components to "childish" behavior. Children are young and not quite responsible for their actions. So they run around and play, and fill their brains with data. But as we grow up, we learn from experience that some things invite negative responses from the world. So by the time we are responsible adults, we are much less excited. But it doesn't have to be this way. Sure, everybody else is this way, so it feels comfortable. But so long as you can consciously differentiate between "good" excitement and "bad" excitement, you can have a LOT more fun. Think about being a kid. You had tons of excitement, but no money. Anything that costs money, you had to ask the adults. As an adult, it's the opposite. You've got money, but very little excitement. Think of this in terms of four quadrants. No money, and no excitement. This is a poor adult. No money, and tons of excitement. This is everybody as a child. Money, but no excitement. This is most adults. But there is the fourth quadrant. One few people know exist. Money AND excitement. Being an adult, capable of making money, saving money, spending money AND having the outgoing, socially fearless confidence of a child. Here's the secret. All the fears that were programmed into you were done so by adults who were RESPONSIBLE for you. Not all the other adults you come across in your daily life. Re-calibrate your mind, and live in the fourth quadrant. When life is fun, and ALWAYS filled with playful opportunities. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/social-charisma/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan06Post.mp4 Whenever politicians talk, they are necessarily vague. Part of this is an aspect of covert hypnosis. Covert hypnosis involves being artfully vague. For hypnosis, it's almost always a one on one conversation. By knowing your target, you can leave specific vague blanks in the conversation. Your target will fill in the blanks with their own ideas and experiences, and will have a memory of being much more involved in the conversation. Even if you did all the talking. Since while you were talking, you put in a bunch of vague ideas. Since these were vague, your target will fill them with their own ideas. So even if they were just following along, they will essentially fill in the blanks with their own memories, experiences. If you are very clever, you can create a desire, motivation, compulsion, whatever you want. Which means even though you are doing all the talking, they will end up wanting to do something. But it will be based on their content, their memories, etc. So it will seem very much like their idea. This is why covert hypnosis is very useful for therapy, sales and seduction. Or even playing with friends. But politicians use the same technology, only they use it much differently. A rough example is when politicians say something like, "I'm in favor of education!" This sounds fantastic. If you are a teacher, you'll imagine he wants to spend more money on schools. If you're a parent of a struggling student, you'll imagine he wants to improve the education system somehow. If you are a big business, you'll imagine he wants to increase the skills of graduating students, so it will provide better workers to companies. But what if the politician is super evil? What if when he says, "I'm in favor of education," he's imagining re-education camps? He's imaging rounding up all the dissenters, putting them in forced labor camps where they will be "re-educated"? Kind of an extreme example, but it is based on vague language. One of the most common ways politicians (and pretty much all authorities) spread tons of disinformation is around money and economics. We are purposely kept in the dark about what money is, where it comes from, and what it represents. Henry Ford once said that one out of a million people will truly understand our monetary system. Funny how the people who are always spinning tales about money, and what it is, are the guys who are in power. If you understand money, a couple of things will happen. First, you'll have to ditch all kinds of magic money beliefs. Second, is once you see what it is, where it comes from, you'll figure out how to get some. As much as you want. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan02Post.mp4 One of the most important concepts in business is the idea of scale. First, you need to figure out something that is cheap enough to make, and will create a profit if you sell it. For example, if you spend $10 on any product, and you can sell that product for $20, that's pretty good. But not so good if you can only make and sell one product per day. No matter what kind of business you are in, unless you can scale it up, you won't get rich. Even if you could make ten or twenty of those $10 products at home, if you had to sell each one door to door, you'd be significantly limiting your income. You'd have to put in a LOT of hustle to make a few hundred bucks per day. Scaling up is where the money is. Hiring a bunch of people to make your products for you. Hiring a bunch of people to sell your products for you. If you make and sell them yourself, you might make $10 per product. But if you scale up, and outsource, even if you make $0.10 per product, you can still get rich if you sell millions per year. You'll find this structure in a lot of places. A lower level, where you put in a lot of work and get a certain result. A higher level, where you put in more or less the same work, but get WAY more results. The question is how to you crash through that barrier. These are essentially the two levels you can find in dating. Most guys are always and only in the first level. Where they can only think of getting girls one at a time. See a girl, talk to her, get her number. Spend a lot of time trying to build attraction in that ONE girl. Guys on the second level NEVER have to worry about this. They have essentially discovered the secret of SCALE. They create attraction automatically. Subconsciously. Simply by the way they interact with people. Not just the girls they like, but ALL people. Everybody sees this. Everybody sees that everybody sees this. Like a guy who's got a bunch of factories building and selling products around the clock, guys at this level have attraction building around the clock. Girls see him, and see that everybody else sees him. They think about him. Talk about him. Dream about him. Getting from the lower level to the higher level is difficult. But once you get there, you'll never need worry about attraction again. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/get-girls/
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec09Post.mp4 Understanding economics is critical. But it also pretty much sucks. That's why it's called the "dismal science." When we are children, we can get away with believing in magic. We don't have to worry about how much stuff costs. But once we have to get out in the world and get it done, we are forced to face the idea of costs. If you only have ten bucks in your pocket, there's only so much you can buy. If you only have an hour, there's only so much you can do. This is true socially as well. We would all love having super rich, super gorgeous partners. But here's the part most people don't like to think about. Those super gorgeous, super rich people have TONS of options. If you are a guy, and you're trying to get a really beautiful woman to fall in love with you, you ARE going to have your work cut out for you. Because you have plenty of competition. And that super gorgeous girl has TONS of dudes all clamoring for her attention. If you approach her like all the other drooling dudes, with the same strategy as all the other drooling dudes, how, SPECIFICALLY will you make yourself stand out? This goes for the ladies as well. How SPECIFICALLY will you make yourself stand out among all the competition for Mr. Handsome Rich Guy? If you still have a little bit of kid in your, you'll rely on the "I'm special" idea. The HE or SHE will see ME and notice that "special thing" about me, and THAT is what will make THEM fall in love with me. The problem with this theory is it is very common. Pretty much EVERYBODY has that "I'm special" strategy. That if only the rest of the people on planet Earth will notice how SPECIAL we are, THEN they would "give us" all the good stuff. This is great if you are kid watching cartoons, but as an adult in the real world, you need a better strategy. Luckily, some famous or smart person once said that "within every problem, are the seeds to a solution." What, exactly does that mean for us, Dear Reader? Because that super gorgeous lady or that super handsome man ALSO have the "I'm special" idea. So when you forget about getting them to notice YOU because of your "specialness" why not notice THEM because of THEIR specialness? Of course, you must go BEYOND what normal people do. And look BENEATH the surface. This is very, very easy when you know how. And it WILL make you stand out. Not because of your ideas. But because of you're behavior. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/cold-reading/
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept30Post.mp4 The other day I went to buy some horseradish. I looked at the ingredients, and plenty different kinds of horseradish had corn of some kind. Corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, and other types of corn. Why is there so much corn in our food? The answer is pretty simple. And, believe it or not, it goes all the way back to the Great Depression. The one that happened nearly a hundred years ago. Why in the heck do events from a hundred years ago make it likely to find corn based ingredients in horseradish? Well, imagine you were a farmer, way back in the day. And you borrowed a bunch of money to keep your farm going. So long as you could sell your stuff, you could pay back your loan. But then the depression hit. And prices DROPPED very quickly. So quickly, that even if farmers sold ALL their stuff, they STILL wouldn't make enough to pay their loans. So like plenty of people walked away from their houses during the last financial crisis, plenty of farmers were bailing on their farms. Just packing everything up and leaving. The super genius government came up with a super genius plan. To make a law saying prices couldn't go below a certain amount. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) government goofs don't have magic wands. They can make laws, but they also have to ENFORCE them. Just like posting a speed limit won't do squat unless there's a cop hiding behind a sign somewhere. How do these super genius government goofs keep prices from going too low? They BUY IT if it goes below a certain price. To get the price back up. One of the most messed up laws of economics is called the "law of unintended consequences." This is when government geniuses come up with an idea. But then something happens that they DIDN'T expect. And that unexpected thing almost always makes things WORSE. Once the super genius government told everybody they would buy CORN if it went below a certain price, so the poor farmers wouldn't go out of business, EVERYBODY started growing corn. If you grew corn, after all, you would get a GUARANTEED price. So here we are, nearly a hundred years later, and the CORN industry is HUGE. They use corn to make ethanol. They use corn to feed animals. All the sugar in our food comes from CORN. If they could build houses out of corn, they would. The entire country has been CORN HOLED. What does this have to do with anything? The laws of economics and human nature are EVERYWHERE. If you don't understand them, you'll feel like your living in random bizarre clown show land. But if you DO understand them, EVERYTHING will make sense. And you can HACK your way into anything you want. Love, money and everything in between. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/seven-rules/
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept22Post.mp4 Movies with twists are pretty cool. Especially ones that are well set up. So you can watch them again and again, and see what you missed. Even better are movies that people talk about. This is kind of a deep marketing technique. Perhaps on purpose, perhaps on accident. To make a movie with a twist so cool that people talk about it. And these people talking about it will be like viral marketing. For for new viewers and repeat viewers. A couple movies that fit this were Inception and Sixth Sense. Movies that people saw, talked about, and then wanted to see again. Organically, this is a pretty cool experience. But plenty of people try to fake it. Both in the movie, and in the marketing. Some movies are pretty bad with their twists. They come up with twists that NOBODY could have seen coming. No clues, no foreshadowing, nothing. Some are so bad they make the viewers angry. Like they've been tricked. Some are based on lazy writing. They call this "Deus Ex Machina," or "god from the machine." When the writers have written themselves into a corner, and can't figure out how to solve it. So they have some magical character come in out of nowhere to fix everything. Other times, the marketing is fake. The movie is just kind of so-so. No big twist, and a pretty boring plot. This is when the advertisers hire people to PRETEND to write organic articles. The idea is to try and create buzz, so it SOUNDS LIKE it's another Sixth Sense or Inception. Recently I read one of these "fake articles" about some recent movie on Netflix. The article made it sound like it was the scariest horror movie since The Omen, filled with unexpected twists, etc. I looked it up on IMDB and it had a rating of 5.2 out of 10. Talk about fake news! You'll find this kind of thing EVERYTHING. Fake ideas talking about fake things trying to create fake buzz. Or politicians talking about fake solutions to fake problems. There's so much fake nonsense floating around it's hard to tell everything apart. Human nature, however, has NOT changed. Not one bit. Which means the deep things that drive us are still the same. The things we like, the things we don't like. But most importantly the COSTS of things. We live in such a fake world filled with fake ideas, many people actually BELIEVE they can get something for nothing. For those folks, this will end up being the WORST TWIST in the WORST kind of horror movie ever. For others like you, who know what's up, that won't happen. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/seven-rules/
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept18Post.mp4 There's a reason few people understand economics. And there's a reason why economics is known as the dismal science. It has to do with why we also HATE doing things like balancing our bank accounts. Or when we go to the ATM, nobody likes to see their balance. Everybody has a very DEEP fear of running out of money. This is for a lot of reasons. One is instinctive. A healthy fear of NOT getting our needs met was necessary to get us out of bed every morning. It's also based on how beliefs are transmitted from parents to children. It's pretty simple. We don't need metaphysics . If you've been around kids you know sensitive they are to the emotions of the adults. If you're holding a happy baby, and you get angry, (like if you're on the phone) the baby will know. The baby will sense your angry energy. Similarly, all of us grew up around adults that were very much like us. Worried about money. So whenever they talked about money, they did so with negative energy. Negative energy, of course, is a metaphor for all the subconscious and non verbal body language and facial expressions associated with anxiety. Even if we didn't have any clue what they were talking about, we knew it was bad. Later, when we slowly picked up money vocabulary, we hooked it up AUTOMATICALLY to all that negative energy. Then as we grew up, we knew having money was good. But every time we ASKED for money, and were told NO, that VERIFIED those deep negative feelings. So even if you don't recognize this consciously, even if you KNOW you have plenty of cash in the bank, you still have the ATM effect. Even though you're getting YOUR money from a machine, it feels FAMILIAR to all the times you've asked for money and were told NO. So the idea of sitting down, calculating HOW MUCH money you have coming in, and how much you have going out, is TERRIFYING for most people. Even if it's not terrifying, it's not fun. Nobody looks forward to doing it. Nobody enjoys doing it. Economics is like this but on STEROIDS. It forces us to ACCEPT that everything costs something. That nothing is free. Problem is, we LOVE the idea of free stuff. We love the self-help idea of ONE WEIRD TRICK. Of finding any kind of short cut. This is EXACTLY why PT Barnum said there was a sucker born every minute. Because suckers are willing to believe something that is too good to be true. If your strategies are based on magic, shortcuts and other ideas of getting something for nothing, you might want to reconsider. Truth is PAINFUL. But truth is EFFECTIVE. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/seven-rules/
  8. The Coming Alien Apocalypse: https://mindpersuasion.com/evil-alien-democracy/ https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug27Loop.mp4
  9. Broken Windows and Conning Psychics: https://mindpersuasion.com/long-term-vampire-cons/ https://soundcloud.com/mindpersuasion/long-term-vampire-cons https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug20Loop.mp4
  10. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July11Post.mp4 If you were a skilled motivational speaker, you'd make a lot of money. Why is this? From a purely economic standpoint, whenever you sell something that is in high demand, you can make a lot of money. If you opened up the only grilled cheese shop in a town that LOVED grilled cheese, you'd make a lot of money. On the other hand, if you tried to sell steamed broccoli in a town that HATED vegetables, you'd go broke. Econ 101, right? So really good motivational speakers can make MILLIONS giving motivational speeches. Because there is a HUGE demand for motivational speakers. But WHY is this? It would make sense making money selling grilled cheeses, because, theoretically, people could eat a grilled cheese every day. But could they listen to a motivational speaker every day? Or once a week? Sure, but what would that mean? That mean whatever EFFECT the speaker was having, would be short lived. Suppose you were a motivational speaker capable of motivating people so that they STAYED motivated for a year. More like buying a car, instead of grilled cheese. It would be silly to buy a car every day. Is this what is happening? Do people see motivational speakers and then STAY MOTIVATED for a year or so? Doesn't seem likely. Otherwise, people would ONLY need to see a motivational speaker ONCE, and then they would be MOTIVATED to make big changes. Make more money, create better relationships, get in tip top shape. Is this what is happening? Maybe there is a necessary ingredient BESIDES simple motivation? What could that be? Consider the idea of MOMENTUM instead. When we think we need motivation, it's usually to do things we are NOT already doing. Things that we think are difficult. Otherwise, we'd be doing them. But what about momentum. Consider instead of making HUGE changes, to make a very tiny change. So tiny it's BARELY even considered a change. Now imagine doing that every day for a month. Since it's tiny, that would be pretty simple. And what would you after a month? A month of MEMORIES up in your brain. Of DOING THINGS specifically to make life better. Then make another tiny change. Pretty soon you'll have two months, and then three, etc. Keep it up and you'll have a long HISTORY of making slow and tiny changes. Kind of how like the Grand Canyon was made. Think the water needed to attend a canyon carving motivational seminar? Probably not. It just got busy, and stayed busy. A little bit every day. Who knows what will happen. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/self-esteem/
  11. How He Made Easy Money: https://mindpersuasion.com/black-magic-vitamin-c/ https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun25Loop.mp4
  12. Reversions To The Mean Are Painful and Inevitable https://mindpersuasion.com/reversions-to-the-mean-2/
  13. I read a fascinating article by an economist. It was about how he watched his kids and their friends after they'd been trick or treating. There were about seven or eight of them. They'd just finished, and had chosen his house for the after party. Meaning they were going to dump out all their candy, count their loot, and make whatever trades they wanted. So they started trading the candy they HAD for the candy they wanted. But then something interesting happened. Without being told, these kids started using an intermediary "placeholder." They traded something they had for this intermediary placeholder. Then they would use this intermediary placeholder to trade for what they wanted. The intermediary placeholder they were using were Tootsie Rolls. The reason we humans use intermediary placeholders is something economists call the "coincidence of wants." If have something, and you want something else, this CAN present a problem. You have to find somebody that not only HAS what you want, but also WANTS what you have. Like if you were a kid on playground with a bag of chips. You'd have to wander around until you found something some other kid had, that you wanted MORE than the chips. But it would also require that whatever they had, they would want YOUR chips more. You might find another kid with a bag of cookies. And if you wanted the cookies more than the chips, you'd offer a trade. But the other kid would ONLY trade if he wanted the chips MORE than the cookies. Any time you have a bunch of people, a bunch of stuff (or the skills people have) you'll run into this problem. The "coincidence of wants" problem. But as this economist watched these kids, it seems that we humans have an INSTINCTIVE way of deciding what kind of "thing" is acceptable to be used as this intermediary placeholder. The little kids used Tootsie Rolls. Nobody needed to tell them to. They didn't even need to talk about it. They just sort of started using them. Of course, there is another, more common word for this "intermediary placeholder." Money. Or currency. And if you hopped into your time machine, and went back to ANY society in the past, or ANY society in the future, you would find different forms of currency. Once you have enough people with enough skills, and some form of currency, then economic activity will EXPLODE. Everything you need to MAXIMIZE how much money you make is already in your brain. Since they are very essential human instincts. All you need to do is figure out to calibrate these instincts to MAXIMIZE your income. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-brain/
  14. 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/
  15. https://mindpersuasion.com/feasts-and-famines/
  16. 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/
  17. 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/
  18. 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/
  19. 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/
  20. 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/
  21. 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/
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  23. 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/
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