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https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan16Post.mp4 There's a pretty cool idea called "co-evolution." It describes how different species tend to form overlapping relationships. Most of them are between insects and plants. Simply because there are tons of different insects, and tons of different plants. Bees and flowers are the most popular example. The flowers give the bees nectar. The bees cross pollinate the flowers. To get the nectar, the bees have to go inside the flower. The pick up pollen on these small prickly things that have outside. And when they go from flower to flower, they pick up pollen from one flower, and leave it in another flower. Of course, neither the bees nor the flowers have any idea what's going on. But we can sort of imagine how his insect-flower "trade agreement" might have occurred. Once upon a time, there were plenty of different kinds of bees. And there were different kinds of flowers. The flowers that happened to have their free nectar right next to their pollen were a perfect match for the nectar loving bees who happened to have those prickly things on them. Maybe there were a bunch of nectar loving bees without those prickly things. Maybe there were a bunch of nectar giving flowers with their pollen somewhere else. But after tens of thousands (or millions) of generations of natural selection, these two (the bees and the flowers) are a perfect match. This type of "co-evolution" is also what they think domesticated dogs. It wasn't like humans went out one day, captured a bunch of wolves and decided to train them. Over perhaps several hundred generations, the most passive dogs started hanging around humans. Just like bees and flowers, they "co-evolved" to help each other out. The dogs got easy food, that they didn't have to chase or kill. The humans got a potentially fierce looking and sounding animal that would chase away strangers. Just like bees and flowers, a perfect match. Another perfect match happens between humans and humans. We humans have TONS of overlapping selfishness. Adam Smith describes this in the book, "The Wealth of Nations." He said the farmer, the butcher, the baker, they don't work hard to produce bread and beer because they desperately want us to be happy. They want our money. But they also know that the only way to get our money is to make something we want MORE than our money. This is the same as bees and flowers. Only we humans have two very critical advantages. One is our conscious thinking minds. We can look around and CHOOSE what kind of stuff we can make. The other is money. When these two ideas combine, magic happens. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan11Post.mp4 Thoreau wrote that most men live lives of quiet desperation. What does this mean, exactly? Most people want things they'll never get. They are desperate for things they don't have. Yet they never do much about it. They are quiet, and they are desperate. Most people are content to do what they are told. Most people's dreams of fame and riches involve somebody else doing most of the work. Young people who want to become actors dream of being discovered. Of doing nothing more than walking down the street, and being "noticed." This is based on our common idea that we are special somehow. That all we need is for somebody else, somebody who has more money, more connections, more resources, to find us. And notice our specialness. And reward us for our specialness. This is a very lazy way of thinking. It's also they way those that actually have power, and money, and connections, WANT us to think. Just understanding this only makes it worse. Now you've got TWO ideas that are a recipe for mediocrity and poverty. One is to wait around for SOMEBODY ELSE to make it happen. The other is to BLAME all those other people for any lack. Both of these thoughts are VERY EASY to think. It's why nearly EVERYBODY has them to some degree. Which is kind of a messed up paradox. That EVERYBODY believes they are special. And nobody can really define, specifically, WHY they are special. This is actually a very valuable instinct. To BELIEVE that you are special. But like all our other instincts, what worked before doesn't work so well today. How did our, "I'm special" instinct work in the past? It was a tool of MOTIVATION. It drove us to DO THINGS that demonstrated our specialness. Every day was a COMPETITION to see who could DO THINGS that were better than everybody else. Now we've all been brainwashed into thinking all we need do is SHOW UP. That merely by EXISTING, we are supposed to merely RECEIVE a bunch of cool stuff. But that is a lie. Unless you are still a kid, living a home, nobody is going to GIVE YOU anything. Does this mean you need to be evil, vicious and start TAKING things from people? This common MISCONCEPTION is the third idea keeping people trapped inside their bubble of safety and mediocrity. One, we think by being special will get us free stuff. Two, if we don't get free stuff, it's somebody else's fault. Three, if we try and get more than we have, we are being bad or wrong or evil. All three of these are lies, cons, and scams. But mostly WE are scamming OURSELVES. The truth is very freeing. That if you get in the game, instead of waiting on the sidelines, it's much more natural to get whatever you want. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan09Post.mp4 I love scientific and mathematical paradoxes. I have as long as I can remember. One of my favorites, even when I was a kid, was two different types of infinities. Imagine two lines, one above the other. The two endpoints line up. But the bottom line is flat, or parallel to the ground. While the line above it is tilted, and therefore longer, since the endpoints line up. Both lines have an infinite number of points. And each point on the top line can connect to a point on the bottom line. Which mean each line can be said to have same number of infinite points. But since the line on the bottom is shorter, its infinity is denser than the top infinity. Of once you start talking about different kinds of infinity (there are actually an infinite different kinds of infinity) your brain starts to get dizzy. This is really a function of our brains not being "calibrated" to understand stuff like this. I suppose if we were visited by aliens a few hundred thousand years ahead of us, they might think it was cute that we silly humans were impressed with simple things like infinity. But meanwhile, back in reality, we can consider two kinds of strangeness. There is the stuff that is purely magic. The stuff that is in super hero movies, and comic books. Then there is the stuff that only seems magic, but can be (allegedly) described by science. But then there is the stuff that can only be explained metaphorically. Take Napoleon Hill's insight, that "thoughts are things." On one hand, this makes perfect sense. A thought is a noun. I have a banana. I have a thought. One is a tangible noun. One is an intangible, or metaphorical noun. But intangible thoughts CAN become tangible things. For example, if you were thinking about a burrito. There you are, thinking about that, and it doesn't yet exist. At least not in your proximity. But if you get up and make one, it will exist. This is perfectly normal, but it's also kind of cool. Because we can do this with things that don't yet exist. Taking a thought and turning it into a never-before-seen thing is what inventors do. Every single non-natural thing that exists today, was once a pure fantasy in somebody brains. Once upon a time there were no tables, no microwaves, no roller skates, no burritos, nothing else. But even more magical is the potential energy stuff that makes this all possible. What kind of stuff is that? Money. If you have money, you can buy stuff that exists. Or you can hold onto it until somebody invents something better. And buy that. Money, inventions, and human brains. Normal, plain, everyday. And paradoxically magical at the same time. Get Some: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan08Post.mp4 When we are kids, it's very easy to believe in magic. Up until five or so, our brains are mostly in the theta state. Theta state is when we are dreaming, or having rich fantasies, near sleep. But as we grow up, we shift into mostly beta and alpha. Beta is more awake and alert. Alpha is kind of day dreaming. Most people only experience theta just as the slip into sleep. But we also have an ability to hallucinate. An anthropologist traveled the world, looking for as many similarities as he could find between as diverse cultures as he could find. And he found plenty. One commonality as the belief in "magic." Or superstition, or religion. A set of laws and ideas that have no direct proof, but are believed to be just as true as things like rocks and trees and buildings. Another common thing you'll find in all people, from all times, is the idea of money. Anthropologists find these shells very far away from any ocean. These ancient shells are found where ancient tribes used to live. They suspect they used them as money. This is a very natural idea that pops up in plenty of places. The idea of choosing something as a medium of exchange. If you have a banana, and you want a coconut, there are two ways of getting one. Find a guy who has a coconut and wants a banana. Or find a guy who wants a banana, and has something called "commodity money." This is anything you will accept from him, in exchange for your banana, that you suspect somebody else might want. This idea of commodity money is so natural, kids do this. Without EVER needing to be told. If you are 7 years old and are trading some Pokemon cards, for example, you'll have a sixth sense for which cards are in high demand. You'll trade for those, and hang onto them, so you can trade them for what you want, later. This deep and ancient instinct, of getting as MUCH of those "commodity money" things as possible is the SAME thing people do when they build wealth. When this is constrained to an honest society, this is where ALL inventions flow from. If you want as much of this commodity money as you can get, there is only one way to get some. Make, or help make, or find, or help find, things that OTHER people want. When EVERYBODY is doing this is, society grows and flourishing. This is your instinct. It is about as magic as you can get. And it is what will make you rich. Master this, and want for nothing. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/