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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Apr13Post.mp4 Why do we humans love stories so much? Not just stories, but storytellers? Maybe because they move us through some very powerful and enjoyable emotions. Way back in ancient Greece, they discovered the idea of Catharsis. Of being able to experience non-normal emotions, without having to experience the real and dangerous events that normally produce those emotions. Way back when they first started showing silent movies people were AMAZED. They actually believed that trains were going to come out of the screen. Today, that seems silly, but back then, when the technology was new, it must have been terrifying. Every since the dawn of time, we've been telling each other stories. Since this happens in EVERY culture and has been, it must be a human instinct. So the question is, what does this instinct get us? Instincts only are "kept" if they provide us with some kind of a benefit. So, what would be the benefit of storytelling, and story listening? One way to think about this would be to do a split test. Imagine two tribes of people. One with a storytelling instinct, one without one. Right off the bat we can think of TONS of benefits. When any of the non-storytelling hunters went out, all they would have in their brain is their own experiences, both good and bad. The successes, the failure, the deaths they've witnessed. On the other hand, consider the storytelling tribe. What would THEY have in their brain? Epic tales of heroes killing monsters. Of destroying the villain and winning the heart and love of the young gorgeous princess. Or however they thought of "princesses" back in the days of cave people. Another way to think of storytelling is as a way to implant post hypnotic suggestions. A guy is out hunting, perhaps not seeing anything worth killing. Then he sees a big lumbering wooly mammoth. A non-storytelling caveman would see that, and INSTANTLY imagine both the good and the bad. But a storytelling caveman? Since his head had been filled with epic hero stories, he would IMMEDIATELY see this "monster" as an opportunity of a LIFETIME. If could manage to kill this monster, he would be a HERO. All the dudes would respect and admire him. All the ladies would LOVE him. Two different situations. One guy's head filled with harsh life experiences. The other guy's head filled with epic heroic sagas of good guys, bad guys, brave heroes and grateful followers. This INSTINCT lives in all our heads. It has since the dawn of time. And it will continue to do so FAR into the future, far beyond what we can possibly imagine. Master this skill, and you will master everything. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/storytelling-magic/
  2. Comic Book Villains and Brainwashing Attorneys: https://mindpersuasion.com/nested-amnesia-and-brainwashing/
  3. The idea of mastery is both compelling and impossible. Compelling because if you are a master of anything, that usually comes with a lot of benefits. Fame, fortune respect, etc. But impossible because mastery implies something is complete. How could you possibly master the piano, or any instrument? There will always be new composers, new musical styles, new ways of expressing musical thought. You might be able to master something simple like baking a cake. But any time any human CAN actually "master" a process, where it's considered "perfect," then how is that different from automation? You can make a machine that would "master" the production of anything. And once you have a machine that can produce something, it is in large supply (or can be in large supply) and "mastered product" can be purchased very cheaply. Once you start getting into anything that involves other people, mastery becomes even MORE impossible. Since everybody else that is involved will be equally trying to achieve "mastery." Sports, or any competition will always have an uncertain outcome. And the ideas of "mastery" and "uncertainty" don't seem to mix. However, if you define mastery as an orientation, one pointed toward CONTINUOUS improvement, then you might have something. World class athletes and musicians and performers PRACTICE more than anything else. So long as they are in the game, they NEVER feel as if they are "good enough" and don't need to practice. Every single day they are striving to "get better." No matter what you do for work, for fun, for your hobby, you likely feel the same way. Whatever it is you do, you probably would like to do it better. Even on those days when everything works PERFECTLY, part of you realizes those days are few and far between. This is the human condition. And inward orientation to your relationship with the world and how you "perform" or "behave" when you interact with the world. Every living breathing human has a DESIRE to "be better" than they are. The difference is how you respond to that desire. Is it always a mere wish, that you feel is out of your control? Or do you identify with that as your prime PURPOSE. Do always IMPROVE yourself? For most people, it's a mix. Some days we feel on purpose. Other days we feel like we're getting knocked around like a ping pong ball in a hurricane. That desire will always be there. So will your ability to respond to that desire. What will YOU do? Get Better: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  4. Once upon a time there were only a few people on Earth. Each one of us lived in small tribes. Nomads. Continuously wandering. Searching for better places. Then we invented farming, and kept spreading. Through the age of empires, kingdoms grew and fell. The nomadic desire to discover had been transformed into a desire to conquer. Now with much of the earth occupied, we still have that deep desire. To find, do and discover new things. Some look to other planets. Regardless of who you are, what your background is, you have that ancient itch. The one that will always remind you that what you have isn't always enough. There will always be more. More knowledge, deeper relationships, richer experiences. Although our technology is vastly different, we are still the same people. Our hearts still yearn for the same new things. This can a source of frustration. Or it can be a source of great inspiration. The same stories have been told since the dawn of time for this same reason. Every generation has it's collection of heroes. Going on questions, facing down enemies, and saving their people. Joseph Campbell called him the "hero with 1000 faces." Because you'll find him everywhere. In ancient epic sagas, and in modern comic books. And in you. You have the same desire for greatness as every one of your heroes. The question is, will you obey that deep instinct? Or will you ignore it? Either way, the earth and all the people will continue. The choice is yours. Nobody will push you but you. But plenty will try and stop you. Maybe because they feel threatened. Maybe because they fear being left behind. Will you let them stop you? Or will you press on? Find Out: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  5. One of the central concepts in the book, "Think and Grow Rich," is that thoughts are things. The second central concept is the idea of the mastermind group. Unlike many other "law of attraction" type books, which are based on metaphysical thinking and philosophical ideas, Think and Grow Rich was reverse engineered. Napoleon Hill talked to hundreds of successful people to see why they were successful. This is where he got the idea that "thoughts are things." Of course, many people misunderstand this. They think that just thinking a thought will magically transform it into a thing. But the ultra successful people he talked to actually turned their thoughts into things. Hill should have said that thoughts are POTENTIALLY things. It's the long, drawn out process of TURNING thoughts INTO things that separates the dreamers from the doers. On one hand, this seems common and ordinary. On the other hand, it's incredibly metaphysical and mind boggling. Once upon a time, there was only humans and animals. Animals had to chase animals, kill them, wear their skin as clothes and use their bones as tools. Pretty barbaric! Now look at all the stuff we have! Every single thing that exists was once a THOUGHT. And it took a group of people, thinking that thought, to turn it into a thing. This happens every single day all around the world. Every company that makes stuff has long product development cycles. It takes years to go from the "thought" stage to the "thing" stage. This is what they mean when they say that genius is "1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." Anybody can dream. It takes a LOT of time, effort and persistence to turn a thought into a thing. It's usually not something one can do alone. You might even say this is our PURPOSE as humans. To join these mastermind groups and take part in the "thought into things" process. Many people struggle to find their place. Many people do everything they can to AVOID the "struggle." But the struggle is where it's at. Humans were meant to STRIVE for greatness. Not to just "show up" and be GIVEN greatness. YOU were put here to CREATE something. Not just accept something that somebody else decides to give you. What will you create? What thoughts will you turn into things? How will you be remembered hundreds of years from now? Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  6. I've always been interested in science. But science is not nearly as instructive as people believe. Very little of science is derivable. Meaning very little of what we think about the structure of reality can be proven from simpler principles. Most of what we think are "laws" are not really laws. Just things that we see happening over and over again. We give them labels, mathematical descriptions, but ultimately they are descriptions. Take gravity for example. You drop something and it falls. We watch it happen over and over. We measure it with extreme accuracy. Then we give it a name. We call it "gravity." Gravity is just a name for what we see happening. It's not an explanation. Only a description. We have a lot of biases and logical misunderstandings. One of these is if we see two things happening, one after the other, we think the one CAUSED the other. So when you drop your keys, and you happen to be standing next to a scientist, and ask him why the keys fell, he would say "gravity." But his DESCRIPTION is another way of saying the same thing. But since his description came AFTER the event, we think it's a cause-effect relationship. But saying "my keys fell to the ground because of gravity" is grammatically similar to saying "my keys fell to the ground because my keys fell to the ground." One fantastic metaphorical description of science is that it is like the shoreline of a very small island in a very large ocean. The more of the shoreline we discover, the bigger the unknown ocean becomes. Like the more we know, the more we don't know. No matter what direction you go, you'll eventually get to the point of just shrugging your shoulders and figuring our monkey brains just aren't equipped to understand this stuff. It reminds me of a line from a Kid Rock song: "Don't ask for answers, cause that ain't fun, now get in the pit and try and love someone!" Of course, if you really DO like asking questions that don't have any answers, then more power to you. But if you want to learn how to live life, science will only take you so far. This is exactly why humans have been telling each other stories since the dawn of time. Stories are inspiring. Stories are filled with bad guys and good guys that we can understand. Good guys that serve as role models so we can kill the bad guys in our own lives, however they show up. Luckily, stories don't need to be understood. Only enjoyed. And when you enjoy them the way they were meant to be enjoyed, not as pastimes but as motivational instructions, they are much more valuable. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  7. There are plenty of paradoxes in life. Some are pretty cool. On a deeper level, these aren't really paradoxes. They are a function of how our brains perceive reality. Our brains evolved to perceive macro events. Apples falling from trees, counting discretely. For example, the main reason we have a base ten number system is because we have ten fingers. But in reality, you can have any base number system you want. Way back in the day, nobody needed to write anything down. Then people stopped hunting and began farming. And this is when they needed to write stuff down. Writing down numbers meant they had to invent new ways of counting. Negative numbers, for example, were needed for accounting. But they'd never really "existed" before. And for many, they seemed to be based on black magic or something. How the heck do you have negative three bananas? But the more science we learn, the more paradoxes we discover. But these aren't really paradoxes. They are just us and our ancient brains trying to understand reality. One thing that makes a huge difference is what time frame you are looking at. All humans are programmed to avoid pain and seek pleasure. But often short term pleasure is a BAD idea. If all you did was watch TV, drink Jack Daniels, and eat Big Macs, you would feel good (maybe) in the short term, but in the long term you'd be dead. Nobody really ENJOYS getting out of bed early. At least not just to get up. We can only TRAIN ourselves to enjoy doing the hard things once we experience the good things on the other side. One thing we humans HATE is failure. Especially social failure. Taking a risk, when everybody is watching, is TERRIFYING for most people. On the other hand, all of the REALLY good stuff in life is on the OTHER SIDE of risk. You might say that taking small risks is one of the greatest skills to cultivate. How do you do this? Just do it. Start as small as you can. Get comfortable going SLIGHTLY outside your comfort zone. The more you go outside of your comfort zone, the easier it will be. Because when you get down to it, EVERYTHING that is worth getting will ALWAYS be OUTSIDE of your comfort zone. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  8. NLP is often called the "study of excellence." That's a pretty nifty marketing label, but it misses the point. One one hand, you can reverse engineer success. But only to a degree. Suppose you wanted to copy somebody that was successful. And they were doing something you were just starting. Something very common. Like shooting free throws or playing scales on the piano. You might copy how they stand, how they move their body. Maybe even talk to them and elicit how they think. What they believe. But eventually, you would have to try yourself. And it would take a while. Because even simple things like shooting free throws and playing the piano take practice. Another word for "practice" is trial and error. Every time you shoot a free throw, for example, you have more data in your brain. About what works and what doesn't work. The more data you have, the better you'll do. But you need BOTH data. Both what works, and what doesn't. The more you have of BOTH, the better you'll do. A common metaphor is a missile guidance system. That the human success mechanism, a goal seeking mechanism, is like a missile guidance system. Always correcting slightly. How do we humans correct? We can only correct AFTER we've gone "off course." Every time you shoot a free throw and miss to the left, you aim a little bit right. Every time you come up short you shoot a little bit harder. Every single step gives you both data. The least amount of feedback comes when you shoot perfectly. Only when you miss are you given feedback of what NOT to do. The more you fail, the sooner you'll succeed. This isn't what a lot of people like to hear. Few people enjoy failing. People want a step by step, GUARANTEED success system. That might work if you are baking a cake. Or doing something else that pretty much ANYBODY can do. But if you want to differentiate yourself, by doing things few others can, you'll have to go through TONS of trial and error. The more you see LIFE was one long trial and error experiment, the better. Whatever you can conceive, you can achieve. But in between conception and achievement is your life's journey. FILLED with endless trial and error endeavors. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  9. When I was a kid I did a lot of backpacking. In explorer scouts (a division of boy scouts), we would do these week long trips during the summer. The first part was always the hardest. Up and over some huge pass. But once you got past the hard part, the next several days were pretty amazing. Huge valleys, plenty of lakes (with lots of fish), wild animals, and no people. They say that humans are more or less the same as we've been for the past 20,000 years or so. Psychologically, physiologically, mentally. All the stuff we think of as modern, and all of our beliefs are transmitted generationally. We learned from our parents and our environment, they from theirs, etc. Theoretically, if you took a modern baby and swapped it with a cave baby from 20,000 years ago, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The cave baby would grow up in the modern world, and learn all about the modern world, and wouldn't know any different. The modern baby would crow up in caveman land, and learn from all the cave people, and not know any different. This means our modern instincts are BUILT for caveman land. We don't need to learn any of that stuff. Of getting up every day and going out into the world, uncertain what would happen. Only knowing that you've got to try. And that learning from trial and error is the ONLY way to get better. At ANYTHING. Of course, we grow up surrounded by ideas and modern education that tells us we have to play it safe. That there are certain social rules we have to follow. And if we break those rules, all kinds of bad things will happen. But deep within you are the very SAME instincts that led ancient humans to conquer the planet. We ALL have those conquering instincts. So, the money question. What will YOU conquer? Every inventor, every scientist, every entrepreneur, every writer and storyteller, they are using their ancient conquering genes in very modern ways. How will you use YOUR conquering genes? Find Out: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  10. We live in a very modern world with tons of conveniences. If you were to pick any time period in the history of mankind, it would be very unlikely to be alive today. They say that humans are anatomically, physiologically and mentally the same as we've been for 50,000 years. Any 100 year period out of the past 50,000 years is a chance of 1/500. And you'd only have a 1/230 chance of landing AFTER 1800. Just being alive TODAY is unlikely and very lucky. Life was much harder even 50 years ago. But in some ways, life was better back then. How's that? One thing that is missing from many people's lives today is PURPOSE. Many people feel like they are going through the motions. Without much enthusiasm. Now, you could get very metaphysical and esoteric. Or you could find a very SIMPLE difference. And one VERY SIMPLE difference is in the incentives. Up until very recently, all our incentives were EXTERNAL and very UNFORGIVING. Nobody had to be "motivated." There was no need for motivational speakers or ideas about finding one's purpose. Back then, your environment FORCED you to get things done. Because if you didn't, you'd get left behind. Today, if you want to achieve greatness, you have to be motivated mostly by INTERNAL incentives. It's very easy to relax, get most of your needs met. But it's also easy to get most of your needs met and never feel like you're doing much that is worth much. This is one reason why we LOVE hero's journey movies. In most of those movies, the hero is FORCED onto their path. We would LOVE to have that happen. Something to come along and MAKE US leave our comfort zone. Maybe we'll get bit by a radioactive spider. Maybe a tornado will take us to Oz. Maybe we'll find out an evil wizard killed our REAL parents. Maybe stormtroopers will show up, kill everybody, and FORCE us to go on a mission. Maybe, but probably not. If YOU don't force YOURSELF out of your comfort zone, nobody will. What are you waiting for? Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  11. Role models are absolutely essential. They're not something that is helpful, or useful. They are absolutely vital. Primarily because we humans MUST learn by copying other humans. Only in the past couple decades has it been possible to learn something so technical that you can sort of think your way through. But since the dawn of time, humans have been learning from other humans. Psychologists have DECADES of data that show this. But this is one of those things that we DON'T want to acknowledge. The mountains of data indicate our adult personalities are made up primarily from TWO sources. Our genetics, and our non-family peer group. Each one contributes about half. And as much as we'd like to believe, our genetics aren't very changeable. At least not yet. That leaves us with our non-family peer group. The people we hang with and learn from. Every parent KNOWS that one of the worst things that can happen to their kids is to start hanging out with the wrong crowd. Parents intuitively know that kids can "soak up" both good and bad behaviors. And once we humans soak up bad behaviors, it's hard to get rid of them. This is how unconscious learning happens. Unconsciously. It's not something we can choose to do. We do it whether we like it nor not. So our role models aren't only the kind that society tells us we need. But the people we hang around most of the time. This is also what the experts always tell us. If you want to be successful, hang around successful people. If you want to be the best hunter, convince the best hunter to let you tag along and learn from him. If you want to be the best athlete, hang around the best athletes. Humans in our deep creativity, figured out a POWERFUL way to make this easier than we think. Turns out our role models don't need to be real. They can be IMAGINARY. Napoleon Hill did this. He created his own mastermind group filled with historical figures. He would meet with them once a week. Actually have drawn out conversations. But you don't have to do that. In fact, there are PLENTY of ready-made mastermind groups. You can find them EVERYWHERE. These are the stories we humans have been telling each other since the dawn of time. Since humans discovered long, long ago, that if we carry around a huge collection of heroic role models, we'll be able to step up much better. Unfortunately, we've been conditioned to see these modern stories mental escape hatches. Entertainment only. But YOU don't have to. You can learn to use ANY story the way they were intended. As role models. Mastermind groups. Inspiration. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
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