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  1. The Happiness Generator Experiment: https://mindpersuasion.com/the-happiness-generator-experiment/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  2. Play The Most Ancient Game: https://mindpersuasion.com/play-the-most-ancient-game/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  3. The Secret Love Magician https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan25_Post.mp4 One of the more interesting models of life in general is that of exchange. Once you understand this, you can see it everywhere. Every time you breathe, you are exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. Then the hemoglobin in your blood goes around and makes another exchange. It delivers the oxygen to the muscles, picks up the CO2, and goes back to the lungs. The same goes with food. You could get a PHD in molecular biology, or organic chemistry and STILL not fully understand this. The complexity of life, on a fundamental level, on something as basic as energy exchange is staggering. Yet exchange is what drives everything. It's hard not to notice the similarities between blood around the body and money around the world. Money flows in one direction. In the opposite directions, goods flow. You go to the store, give money, and get something to eat. A burrito. The store then pays the money to the burrito suppliers. Those guys send the money back up the supply line. Money flowing one direction, goods flowing the other. Every single time, an exchange taking place. Just like every single time a hemoglobin molecules comes to the lung-blood interface, it drops off a CO2 and picks up an O2. And just like in your body, if the "blood supply line" gets blocked, bad things happen. If you get a clogged artery in your heart, the blood can't deliver oxygen to your heart muscles, and your heart muscles stop pumping. Similarly, whenever the "money-goods" supply line stops, bad things happen. Even friendly conversations can be seen in this exchange model. We rarely think about this, but it's there. You share some ideas, they share some ideas back. Money for burritos. Oxygen for CO2. Opinions about the weather for opinions about the local sports teams. Even at it's most basic form, economics is all about this trade. Inside everybody's brain is a collection of things they want. And for each one of these things that we want, we have a vague idea of what we're willing to DO to get these things. Most exchanges, both scientifically, economically and mentally are discrete. Do this, get that. Drop off O2, pick up CO2. Give the guy $3.25, and get a burrito. Spit out a few words, and get a smile. But sometimes this is NOT enough. When the changes are really metaphorical. For example, if you wanted a dollar, it would be easy. Do ONE THING, and then somebody would give you a dollar. But if you wanted a MILLION dollars? It would take a LOT of "trades" over a LONG TIME. So thinking in terms of "what ONE THING can I do to GET a million dollars" is not really appropriate. Another way we over-simplify this "trade" idea is getting in physical shape. What can I "DO" to "GET" a six pack, for example. Sexy bodies and fat bank accounts have a lot in common. They are better thought of as HORIZON goals. Things you don't really just "get," but things you are ALWAYS getting closer to. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/ideal-health/
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan11_Post.mp4 There's an idea in biology called "co-evolution." It's when two different species develop an overlapping relationship. Based on overlapping, self interest. The best example is like bees and flowers. The bees get free nectar from the flowers. The flowers get free pollination from the bees. Neither have self awareness, so neither has any idea what's going on. The math is a bit complex, and we'll need a bit of game theory to see how this would evolve. But we can simplify it a bit. You could imagine a bunch of different types of flowers and a bunch of different types of bees. The two that just happened to have this overlapping "selfishness" would replicate the most. Maybe some bees loved nectar, but they didn't have those prickly things. Maybe some flowers had tons of nectar, but they kept their pollen somewhere else. After however many generations of natural selection, the two species that replicated the most were the flowers with their pollen next to the free nectar. And the bees who both loved nectar and had the prickly things so while they got free nectar, they would pollinate (help the flowers have sex) by going from flower to flower. You'll see this combination a lot. Sex and energy, or sex and food. The same goes with primates. We evolved a love of fruit. The fruit has a sweet taste, just like nectar. And the payoff for the "free" fruit is the seeds on the inside. Monkeys and other animals eat fruit, and poop out the seeds. Getting free food, and in exchange, helping the provider of the food by helping it replicate. This also exists between humans. Back in the day, the best hunters would get the most social status. This was in exchange for providing the most food. The best hunters, or providers of the most food, would be rewarded with the highest social status. This social status then created attraction in the ladies. The most providers of food for the tribe got the most sex. The intermediary idea was social status. Today, it's even better. We've taken that intermediary "social status" and replaced it with something else. What is that something else? Money. As soon as humans started living in larger groups we needed money. One, because there were many more things we needed, besides some animal meat. And because we lived in larger and larger societies, having social status wouldn't quite work. So, money was a natural invention. You do something for somebody and the give you money. You can take that money and pay somebody else, who does something for you. The more stuff you do for others, the more money you get. The more money you get, the more you pay others to give you what you want. So long as the entire group is using the same money, this group can be as BIG as it needs to be. Like today, our planet has 7 BILLION people. All buying and selling things to each other. All using money, a place holder, a potential energy of this ancient overlapping self interest. Get Some: https://mindpersuasion.com/prosperity-mindset/
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan08_Post.mp4 What does it mean to be self actualized? Like many other vague terms, this is misunderstood today. Self actualized sounds pretty good. And it's almost always defined in vague but equally good language. And whenever we see something defined in vague but nice sounding language, our minds fill in the blanks. And HOW our minds fill in the blanks is what gets us in trouble. We tend to OVERESTIMATE how good something is going to be. And we tend to UNDERESTIMATE how much effort those good things will take. This is a function of our evolutionary past. If we compare two hypothetical tribes it's easy to see. Imagine one tribe had a very ACCURATE idea of both costs and benefits. Another tribe had an over-estimation of the costs, and an under-estimation of the benefits. The second IRRATIONAL tribe would be more motivated. We can call this the, "This is gonna be AWESOME tribe." This next part is kind of hard to wrap our minds around. But the beliefs that existed in our ancestors' heads were MEANS to an end. Their MAIN purpose was to MOTIVATE us. Whoever was MOTIVATED by their own beliefs, regardless of how TRUE those beliefs were, were the ones who WON the replication contest. Now, what the heck does this HAVE to do with self-actualization? First of all, most of us misunderstand self actualization to be a FINAL destination. No, not the movie where people keep getting killed by toasters and exploding barbecues. But a place where we can sit and ENJOY this permanent "state" of "self-actualization." But imagine our ancestors. Imagine when THEY felt most "on purpose." When they were relaxing and slowly eating away a slain wooly mammoth? I don't think so. Consider that our ancient ancestors felt BEST when they were getting CLOSER and CLOSER to that wooly mammoth. When, with every passing day, they had more and more evidence they WERE going to finally catch him. When they had that "this is going to be AWESOME!" feeling coursing through their veins. When their senses were heightened. Their teamwork and cohesiveness were at a MAXIMUM. Since we are the SAME PEOPLE today as we were back then, self actualization CAN'T be a "final destination." Self actualization is when ALL our skills were maximized. When our brains, our bodies, our friends, our team members, the support staff are ALL firing on ALL cylinders. When everybody was working together in the PURSUIT of something magnificent. And every day is getting you closer and closer. What would be this situation today? Today we live in a large economy. Not driven by hunting and killing and eating. But by thinking and creating and exchanging. And what is being exchanged? The fruits of your labor, and money. One goes out, the other comes in. Maximize what goes out (creativity, value, labor, etc.). Maximize what comes in (money, income, etc.). Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/prosperity-mindset/
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept05Post.mp4 One idea from an old book is even older. The book is "Psycho Cybernetics." Written by a doctor who had a lot of "data" about self perception. And one of the recommendations (not the main recommendation) is to not ever compare yourself to others. This is much, much easier said than done. From a personal development standpoint, this is good advice. If you are slowly moving forward toward a goal, for example. You can look at how you are now. You can look at how you were a year ago. And this will make you feel good where you'll be in a year. But this takes a LOT of mental fortitude. Because they'll always be a bunch of loud mouth chuckleheads running around bragging about how EASY it is. What makes this entire concept much more difficult is most everything is a competition. If you are being compared to a hundred other guys interviewing for the same job, they won't really care how much better you are today compared to a year ago. They want the BEST out of the candidates. An attractive girl has TONS of guys competing for her attention. If you walk up to her and tell her how much better you're doing, from a self confidence perspective, than you were a year ago, she might smile. She might even tell you congratulations. But she won't invite you back to her place. This brings up another problematic idea. Most guys see girls and money as some kind of "reward." Like you do your homework and get a gold star. You clean your room and get an extra scoop of ice cream. You get a degree and your "reward" is a high paying job. None of that is true. Nobody unless your blood kin will give you a REWARD. Everybody else, which includes EVERYBODY not related to you, is operating form a PURELY selfish mindset. They will ONLY "give" you anything if they are getting something BETTER in return. No hiring manager, for example, is going to pay you $50,000 a year UNLESS they think your presence at the company will generate MORE than $50,000 in revenue. No girlie will EVER give you some thrills unless she thinks that is the ONLY way of keeping you around. Which means you MUST be able to satisfy her, according to what she wants. Most guys do the opposite. Both for job interviews and ladies. Guys show up, and ask to be "given a chance." Nobody will give ANYTHING or ANYBODY a chance with money or sex on the line. Imagine buying a mystery box at your supermarket. They asking price is $50, but you have NO IDEA what's inside. And all the guy says to try and sell it is: "C'mon, man, give me a chance!" However, there is a VERY EASY way to stand out WAY above all the other slobbering goofs. To make her feel SO GOOD when you are around, she'll do anything to keep you or to see you again. This is not only easy, but counterintuitive. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/metaphor-mastery/
  8. Evolutionary biologists tell us there are four kinds of trade programmed into our brain. 1) We exchange two things now. 2) We give (or get) something from somebody, and they owe us (or we owe them). 3) We give a tribal leader his due. 4) And we share equally among family members. Even lower animals can keep track of who owes what to whom. They've done all kinds of studies, and they find this behavior, of keeping tabs of each others debt, in primates, pigs and bats. So the idea of debt is build deeply into our DNA. So is the idea of taxes. The idea that we give the boss what the boss asks, in exchange for the leadership the boss provides, is instinctive. And the idea of collecting taxes shows up in every large society that has ever existed on Earth. And when you have more or less the SAME societal structures popping up in Mesopotamia in 2000 BC and then later in Meso-America in 500 AD, it's something that comes from inside our brains. The idea of money also comes from inside our brains. It doesn't need to be taught, or invented. Every time you get a group of people together, they come with a kind of money. Money represents a kind of meta-level idea of owing something to somebody. It's a kind of debt that can be transferred. Somebody gives you something, and you can either owe them, or give them an accepted form of money. So long as everybody accepts this form of currency, it works very much like potential energy. Farmers can use to pay their workers. The workers can use it to buy bread. All require energy. All can be traded for "money-energy." Ever since humans invented this money energy, the stuff people invented exploded. Once upon a time there was only people and the stuff that grew naturally. Once they figured out how to DELIBERATELY grow enough stuff to feed a lot more people, that's when money popped up. And once this happened, a new thought popped into everybody's head. What thought is this? "If I can figure out how to make something that EVERYBODY wants, I can get a LOT of money. If I can get a LOT of money, I never have to work again!" This same thought has driven every society to keep inventing more and more stuff. This is the SAME thought that will drive YOU to create a huge empire of wealth, if you allow it. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-brain/
  9. 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/
  10. https://mindpersuasion.com/meta-levels-of-consciousness/
  11. https://mindpersuasion.com/donut-shop-economics/
  12. https://mindpersuasion.com/overlapping-selfishness/
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