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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov10Post.mp4 I remember a long, long time ago, when my high school buddy and I were shifting from high school kids to college kids. I'd sent in my application early and had gotten accepted. It wasn't a big deal, since I went to one of those schools that accepts anybody with a pulse. The only benefit to sending in all the apps ahead of time was so you didn't have to worry about signing up for classes at the beginning of the semester. Kind of like having a reservation instead of showing up and having to wait. Anyhow, my buddy had t
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun18Post.mp4 Why do most goals fail? It's not going to do with willpower. And everything to do with economics. If you don't understand the economics of human decision making, most goals will fail. Especially if you follow most goal setting courses. For example, most goal courses say they should be specific, and time limited. This idea has been repeated so many times, and in so many different KINDS of seminars, it seems like a law of nature. But if you follow those TWO ideas, there is a HIGH probability your goal won't p
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun15Post.mp4 Why do goals often fail? Is it a lack of willpower? No, it is not. It's actually based on simple economics. Not the kind economics that government goofs talk about. The real kind that exists inside of your head. For every action we take, there are costs. No animal would survive very long if they consistently took action where the costs exceeded the benefits. Think about this from a basic calorie standpoint. If you are going after a piece of food that will give you 500 calories, it only makes sense
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar20Post.mp4 Most things are best understood as a numbers game. You talk to 10 girls you might get a couple numbers. You send out a few dozen resumes, and you might get a couple calls. You stand in the batting cages and you might really connect with one out of three or four pitches. This CAN be discouraging. Especially if you focus on every single swing, or approach, or phone call. But the longer you can stretch out your perception, the easier it seems. Especially if you understand from the beginning that it's just a nu
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar19Post.mp4 Most of us have plenty of goals. Things we'd like to have, or be able to do. But we either never start, or we've started and given up a few times. Why is goal setting so hard? There can only be two reasons. One is that the thing we are after is unachievable. Or the process we are doing to get the thing is incorrect. Both are hard to stomach. Believing we want something that is impossible is pretty depressing. Equally depressing is to admit we are always doing it wrong. Both have the same resu
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan30Post.mp4 Humans love having goals, but for some reason, they seem hard to achieve. For every milestone we achieve, we have about a kajillion we've given up on. One reason is that most of us are motivated MORE by moving away from pain than we are by moving toward pleasure. But since we don't like to admit this, we pretend we are motivated toward pleasure. But if we really WERE motivated toward pleasure, we would ALWAYS be moving forward. But our behaviors tell a different story. Many of our goals are reframed subconscious
  7. If you don't know how to do something, it can be frustrating. When it comes to frustration, there is good frustration, and bad frustration. Good frustration is a natural motivator. A very low level "fight or flight" stimulus. And it makes us fight, but in a good way. The most common way is in sports. Frustration can lead to more energy. More energy leads to better performance. We can imagine how this might have been a few thousands of years ago. A hunter keeps missing, and gets frustrated. This makes him angry, which makes him MORE motivated to
  8. Many natural cycles are self-reinforcing. For example, if you are in a bad mood, you will display bad mood energy. This will come across how you walk, how you look at people, and the tone of your voice. This bad mood energy will drive subtle bad mood communication. Which will tend to elicit bad mood responses from others. Which will further maintain your bad mood. Good moods are the same, but opposite. You walk with good mood energy. Good mood posture, good mood eye contact, good mood tonality. This creates good feelings in others, which drives thei
  9. Very often, something that feels good in the short term can add up to long term pain. It feels good to sleep in every day, and it sucks to get up at the crack of dawn. But it's easy to imagine how sleeping in EVERY DAY can slowly destroy your productivity. While on the other hand, getting up at the crack of dawn will tend to INCREASE your productivity. Similarly, food that tastes REALLY GOOD tends to add up. The better it tastes, and the quicker it tastes better, the worse it generally is for you. On the other hand, food that is healthy tends to be things you have
  10. If you did a survey of most successful people, you would find some interesting things. One is that most people never had ANY idea they would be successful in the way they were successful. For example, Jeff Bezos, the richest man on Earth, got started selling hardback books online. Now Amazon makes most of it's money from cloud storage. They are known for selling physical products, but that is a very tiny portion of their business. But if you asked Bezos twenty years ago, he wouldn't have had ANY IDEA that he'd be a billionaire from cloud storage. (True story: One
  11. A common and very lazy writing technique is called "deus ex machina." It means "god from the machine." It generally refers to books or movies where the hero's are rescued by a sudden character that wasn't there before. It usually happens when the story starts off pretty good, but the only way the writers can figure out how the heroes can win in the end is by some unpredictable magic. Stories that are much better tend to have solutions at the end that you can sort of (at least retrospectively) see coming. These tend to be very enjoyable. So enjoyable they make us w
  12. 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 wou
  13. Once upon a time a bunch of people in France got angry. So angry they decided to run around chopping off people's heads. This, of course, was the French Revolution. Problem is once a gang of revolutionaries start to kill the nobles, it's kind of hard to stop. Kind of like thinking you're going to eat one spoonful of ice cream. Or one potato chip. But when those angry French dudes finally stopped killing, they set up a new government. But as you would expect, they were still kind of excited about their new country, after their revolution. So some of the i
  14. Beavers build dams. Bees build hives. Ants build hills. Certain slugs look around for certain shells. Scientists call this an "extended phenotype." A genotype is the actual genes. The phenotype is the thing the genes create. For example, the genotype for blue eyes is a specific sequence of nucleotides on your DNA. Then the DNA unravels, turns into RNA, and turns into a mini-protein assembly line. Individual pieces float down, link into the RNA, then link together and float off into your body. Those pieces of proteins link together in the final
  15. Humans don't like risk. Whenever an action will yield questionable results, it makes us stop and think. Whenever an action will yield potentially BAD results, it almost guarantees we won't take action. It doesn't help that our conscious brains can only perceive a tiny sliver of what's really going on. This tends to make things seem WAY more risky than they are. Since part of our reptilian brains are always sorting for danger. Which makes it see potential fears everywhere. Even in vagueness. This comes across in weird ways. When we are contemplating
  16. Humans are hard wired to be dependent on external incentives. If you lived alone, had a lot of money, and wanted to lose a few pounds, it would be difficult. Especially if you had family and friends who liked you just the way you were. Having only internal incentives would make it VERY difficult to actually get up off the couch and lose weight. On the other hand, the same person who joined boot camp would have an easy time getting in shape. Because there would be plenty of EXTERNAL incentives. If you didn't get up a the crack of dawn, you'd be in serious trouble.
  17. 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 somethin
  18. Newton was a smart guy. One of his laws of motion is about momentum. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Of course, he was talking about physical objects. A common metaphor for making changes is turning a big ship. This is often used to describe an economy. A new leader is elected, and starts to make changes. When the changes don't happen right away, people use the ship metaphor. "Well, an economy is a very complicated system. It takes a long time to change course of an aircraft carrier." We can use that metaphor on a lot of things, since a lo
  19. Whenever you want to do something, there are always two main motivating reasons. Either to move away from pain, or toward pleasure. Usually it's a combination of the two. Not understanding which is which can kill any progress, and it's one main reason for what many people call "self sabotage." It works like this. Somebody has a goal, maybe to lose weight or make money or something. Some "thing" motivates them. They imagine what it will be like when they get there (skinnier, wealthier etc.) and assume that is their MAIN motivation. The problem comes when we d
  20. All humans are programmed to keep going forward. Given our modern lives, it's hard to notice this. But the reason we humans spread out all over the world was because we have descended from ancient humans who had a never-ending drive to keep discovering more stuff. Even if we're sitting at home, watching TV, it's impossible NOT to keep moving forward. Only we don't really experience it as moving "forward." We are always shifting how we sit, what we are thinking of, and if what we are looking at (on our devices or screens or TV) doesn't keep our interest, we NEED to keep
  21. There's a lot of "mystery" about what women really want. Ask ten girls what is most important to them, and you'll likely get ten different answers. One of the reasons for this is females are much more "tuned in" to their social circle. They rely on their friends much more when making decisions. So when they begin to rattle of what they want, they can't help but simultaneously imagine that other people (their social circle) are judging them. So they tend to give answers that reflect this. When dieticians and doctors are trying to study what people eat, they've real
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