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  1. Think Beyond Normal: https://mindpersuasion.com/think-beyond-normal/ https://mindpersuasion.com/live-training/ https://mindpersuasion.com/think-beyond-normal/
  2. A few months back they had a new chess computer. Called "Deep Learning," it wasn't really a chess computer. More a "meta computer." Up until that point, the only way to build a chess computer was to program it to play chess. Meaning you had to give it algorithms to reference from any position. So when the computer saw a opponent's position, it had to calculate all the potential moves. But doing that, "calculating all the potential moves," had to be programmed in. Meaning somebody had to put in all the rules and algorithms based on each potential position. But the new "Deep Learning" algorithm was much more meta. They just gave this computer the rules of chess and told it to play against itself. To essentially learn from trial and error. And when they finally played each other, it wasn't even close. The Deep Learning computer obliterated the then FASTEST and BEST chess engine. Essentially this was TWO STYLES of learning. The old way of, "Tell me exactly what to do in each situation." Against the new way of "learn by trial and error." The first way is very compelling to most of us. Because it REMOVES all the risk. And it absolves us of responsibility. If we are TOLD exactly what to do, and we do that, AND it doesn't work, it's NOT our fault. Since we were doing EXACTLY what we were told. Sadly, many people would prefer to be told what to do, step by step, and live a life of mediocrity. So long as they never have to take a risk, and never take much responsibility, they are OK with that. If you want more, you've got to do more. Luckily, all humans come PROGRAMMED with tons of learn by trial and error algorithms. We are much more like the new, MORE POWERFUL computer. But this requires we don't have any anxieties or fears about what we are learning to do. Learning by trail and error in this situations is generally called PRACTICE. That's exactly what you are doing when practicing free throws, or practicing the piano, or practicing solving algebra problems. Practicing IS learning by trial and error. Only when we think in terms of practicing in social situations does it start to get kind of scary. Which is almost always what we think about when we think about making money. But you can practice making money skills just as easily as you can practice piano or basketball skills. And once you REMOVE the anxiety and social fears, it will be JUST LIKE practicing anything else. The more you practice, the better you get. The better you get, the more money you make. As long as you want, as much as you want. Once you remove the negative beliefs, it's purely mechanical. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-brain/
  3. Reframing is a very powerful skill. And it can be used in many, many ways. The most common is in the moment. Somebody throws a playful insult your way, you reframe it and toss it back. Of course, reframes don't always help us. We sometimes turn a weakness into a strength. So we don't to suffer any ego pain. For example, a guy spots a pretty girl across the room. He wants to approach her, but loses his nerve. Instead of admitting the truth, that he wants to approach her but he's too nervous, he reframes it into a positive. To protect his ego. He "notices" something about the girl. Which in itself is another reframe. He uses that "meaning" as a positive reason NOT to approach. For example, she might be wearing a tight dress. Which he reframes to be a BAD thing. To mean she's not a "good" girl. And since he ONLY wants to date "good" girls, he DOESN'T approach. The funny thing it was the tight dress he noticed in the first place. That SAME THING that created the desire, was used to reframe the event to protect his ego. This is the mental gymnastics our brains do all the time. Another common reframe is when we PURPOSELY take a bad event and try to find something GOOD about it. Like how every cloud has a silver lining. The "silver lining" is the good reframe about a bad event, the cloud. Or turning lemons into lemonade. When life gives you lemons (bad things) you reframe them into good things (lemonade). Generally speaking, when reframes happen unconsciously, we do them to protect our ego. The more you can reframe things consciously, the more you can choose whatever meaning you want. This takes mental skills. Mental practice. And it requires you KNOW what you want out of life. Beyond general things like more money and more sex. That you have a direction. And you've been on that path for a while. The LONGER you are on any path toward bigger and better things, the better you'll be at reframing clouds into silver linings and lemons into lemonade. Because just like an ancient traveler, you might have a destination in mind, but not be quite sure HOW to get there. So long as you keep moving forward, you'll get there. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  4. All humans come pre-programmed with massive potential. But it is ONLY potential. Some people have a head start, some don't. For example, coal, as it is buried in the ground, can be interpreted as potential energy. If you dig up the coal, and burn it to boil water, the steam can turn things around do work. Like power locomotives or create electricity. But some coal is easy to get, some coal is hard to get. Human potential is the same. Some are born with potential that is very easy to access. Their natural skills are very close to skills that are in-demand, and can make them a lot of money. Attractiveness, athleticism, a beautiful singing voice, acting skills, etc. Some have skills that are more deeply buried. They take more work to get out. But once they are OUT, they are just as valuable as those who come with much more valuable factory settings. But those with more deeply buried potential actually have an advantage. Those with valuable factory settings don't have much of a choice. Suppose a kid was born with a gorgeous singing voice. All through school, they were encouraged to enhance their singing voice. If they had positive role models and coaches, they'd have a million dollar career by the time they were in the late teens or early twenties. So far so good, right? But what happens if they realized along the way they didn't really WANT to be a singer? They wouldn't really have much of a choice. On the other hand, normal people with much more deeply buried potential, would have a lot more choice in how they SHAPE their potential. This is where the coal metaphor is only a metaphor. Coal is coal, no matter how deeply or shallowly it's buried. Once you get it out of the ground, there's only a few ways you can use it. But raw human potential, the deeper it is, the more CHOICE you have with how you shape it AS you bring it out. This DOES require that you actually take the time to "bring it out." What does this mean, exactly? To "bring it out?" It means to slowly develop skills. In demand skills that will get you paid and make your life easier and more enjoyable. Social skill, communication skills, thinking skills, creating skills. The more you develop this LONG GAME skills, the more choice you'll have with your potential. Which is UNLIMITED. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  5. When I was a kid, there was a famous TV commercial. It was for an attorney that specialized in personal injury. Their most famous client won a huge lawsuit. And the commercial ended with the happy client saying: "Lawyer X got me 2.2 million dollars!" (Of course he said the guy's name, not lawyer x...) But then the laws changed. "They" made it illegal to say how much you MIGHT get on TV. So the NEW commercial was the same guy. Only this time, he said: "Lawyer X got me, well, you know!" Since he was already famous, people remembered the old amount. Most of the time, when this stuff happens, people assume it was because of a government intervention. That our elected officials are tirelessly working to protect us poor citizens by being taken advantage by those evil corporatists. The truth is this is rarely true. In reality, the government is the one being taken advantage of by the corporations. Because elected officials can ONLY think in short term time frames. Election cycles. For example, now it's JUST BARELY 2019, and news about the 2020 election is EVERYWHERE. Corporations, on the other hand, can play the LONG GAME. Here is fantastic example that I actually learned from studying game theory. Back when TV was first invented, there were two main tobacco companies. And the prospect of TV, or more importantly, TV advertising, posed an interesting problem. A problem that is IDEAL to study in game theory. The IDEAL SOLUTION for each company was to NOT advertise. If one of them advertised, and the other didn't, the one who DIDN'T would lose market share. But if they BOTH advertised, that would not be optimal. They would both be spending MORE money, but neither would gain market share. Since they BOTH had about 50% each. So the best case was for a LAW to be passed prohibiting TV advertising for tobacco. That would mean neither of the two companies, NOR could any new companies advertise on TV. TV advertising represented a near guarantee REVENUE LOSS. Since either would spending money to NOT lose market share. But a law prohibiting tobacco ads on TV was the IDEAL solution. Of course, most people believe that our wonderful government wanted to protect our fragile little minds. They wanted to protect us from the evil tobacco companies. When it was likely the lobbyists for the tobacco companies who covertly pushed the governments to outlaw TV tobacco ads. Of course, when you are playing the LONG GAME, letting government goofs take the credit is OK. Like any other strategy, LONG GAME is neutral. You can use it to build your empire, or destroy your enemy's empire. Up to you. But if you DON'T play the long game, you can bet plenty of other people are. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  6. The main objective of any business is a positive ROI. Doesn't matter if you are selling peanut butter sandwiches, or making jet engines. ROI means "return on investment." And since people started selling things to each other, the goal has always been the same. Spend X dollars on the back end, and make MORE than X dollars on the front end. If you spend $10 on bread and peanut butter, and make back $20 by selling sandwiches, you've got an ROI of 100%. On the other hand, if you spend ten bucks on bread and peanut butter, eat one sandwich for every one you sell, and only make back $5, you will have a net LOSS of 50%. On a pure energy standpoint, we ALL are "programmed" with a positive ROI constraint. For every 100 calories we expend, we need to get back MORE than 100 calories in energy. Otherwise we'll die of starvation. When bears and squirrels get ready for winter, they FATTEN up. The eat MORE than they need, so they can live off the excess. Working and saving money is the same idea. The more money you have saved, the longer you can live without needing work. The more fat a bear has saved up, the longer it can sleep without needing to eat. Even when we operate with others, we try to maximize our ROI. When you are applying for a job, you want to get the MOST money for the LEAST amount of work expected. If you are hiring somebody, you want to pay them the LEAST amount of money while getting them to do the MOST amount of work. When you are negotiating a price, as a buyer, you want to get the lowest price. When you are negotiating a price, as a seller, you want to get the highest price. Even in a romantic relationship, both parties want to GIVE the least and GET the most. Every single time you get out and operate within the world, this deep and ancient positive ROI programming is always operating. There are two basic factors which determine how well you can get an ROI. One is the amount of "stuff" you have to offer. Two is your time frame. It CAN make perfect since to "sacrifice" short term ROI to get much more longer term ROI. The LONGER you can calculate your "overall" ROI the more flexibility you have. The less you can do this, the more EASILY you'll be manipulated and exploited by others. You can't lose the battle to win the war if you can ONLY see the battle. But the LONGER out you can see, the more short term "losses" can add up to long term success. Extend your view long enough, and you will win it all. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  7. When comparing a couple of politicians, usually "our guy" vs. "their guy," using a chess vs. checkers metaphor is common. Our guy is playing chess while the other guy is playing checkers. This means our guy is thinking ahead a few moves. While their guy is clumsily stumbling along one step at a time. In movies, a common statement when the good guy finally beats the bad guy is to say, "checkmate." Checkmate is known even to those who've never played chess. It's the last move after several, when the good guy finally maneuvers that bad guy into an inescapable position. In good guy vs. bad guy movies, chess metaphors are plentiful. Even when chess is never mentioned, the idea of thinking several moves ahead is. There's a fairly popular TV show about a rich hedge fund manager vs. a district attorney. They are always battling each other and trying to outsmart each other. In one scene, the hedge fund manager was talking to a young (and super brilliant) protege, who said something a little confusing. Finally the hedge fund manager "got it" and understood. He said, "You've already gamed this out, haven't you!" Meaning the young protege had already thought several "moves" ahead and had anticipated all the potential moves by their opponents. After considering her strategy, the hedge fund manager was very impressed. The mathematics of this kind of thinking is called "game theory." Even when talking about actual battles where there is expected to be tons of loss of life and property, the phrase, "game theory" is very appropriate. One of the more stunning and absolutely brutal examples of game theory in action was during World War II, as shown during the movie, "Imitation Game." The British scientists had cracked the Nazi "Enigma Code." But then they realized a horrible problem. Since it was still kind of early in the war, they didn't think it was a good idea to let the Nazis know they'd cracked the code. Because if the Nazis knew that THEY knew, they would simply create a new code. Then the British would have to start all over again. So the British were in the horrible position of KNOWING where the Nazis were going to strike, and NOT able to do anything about it. Essentially sacrificing short term losses, plenty of deaths, to later win the overall war. They knew which ships were going to get attacked, but the BEST overall strategy was to LET THEM get attacked. But this was critical to the Nazis defeat. Which demonstrates the overall rules for success in the GAME of life. Whoever has the LONGEST game, will win. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  8. From inside our own brain, life can seem confusing. But looking at us humans objectively can give us a better perspective. One way to describe us is "desire satisfying organisms." We have these things in our brains called desires. An unfulfilled want. This propels our mind-body system to interact with the world until we get our desires satisfied. Sometimes this is easy and automatic. Like grabbing something out of the fridge. We can do it mostly on auto-pilot. Some stuff is complicated. Like rebuilding an engine. Takes a lot of time and conscious thought. Definitely NOT autopilot. In between our DESIRE and the OUTCOME is our behavior. These behaviors can be called strategies. You have a strategy for getting something to eat. You have a strategy for doing laundry. Some strategies are fairly simple. Some are much more complex. Some strategies are specific to a specific outcome. Like the strategy you have for doing laundry can't really be applied to fixing your bicycle. But some strategies are much more "meta." They can be applied to a whole bunch of different things. Many folks, for example, see a LOT of overlap between sales and seduction. A lot of the same language is used. Opening, closing, cold, warm, etc. The meta strategy to both sales and seduction would be persuasion. We can call persuasion a "meta strategy." As a human, the better you can persuade, the more effectively you'll interact with others. But we can even go up a meta level. Even with meta strategies like persuasion. For example, in persuasion, there is short term strategies, and long term strategies. If you were selling magazine subscriptions door to door, you would use a very short term strategy. Give 'em the pitch, and see if they buy. If they don't, move on to the next one. If you only got a dollar from each sale, you wouldn't want to waste very much time. On the other hand, imagine if you were a real estate agent. Each sale would get you several thousand dollars. So you'd want to spend a lot longer with each client. Turns out this same paradigm can be applied to pretty much EVERYTHING. That this distinction is one of the most important ones of all. This meta-meta-skill can be applied to ALL skills. Every. Single. One. Which meta skill is this? The long game. And the longer your game, the more likely you'll achieve your outcomes. Whatever they are. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
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