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https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept18Post.mp4 There's a reason few people understand economics. And there's a reason why economics is known as the dismal science. It has to do with why we also HATE doing things like balancing our bank accounts. Or when we go to the ATM, nobody likes to see their balance. Everybody has a very DEEP fear of running out of money. This is for a lot of reasons. One is instinctive. A healthy fear of NOT getting our needs met was necessary to get us out of bed every morning. It's also based on how beliefs are transmitted from parents to children. It's pretty simple. We don't need metaphysics . If you've been around kids you know sensitive they are to the emotions of the adults. If you're holding a happy baby, and you get angry, (like if you're on the phone) the baby will know. The baby will sense your angry energy. Similarly, all of us grew up around adults that were very much like us. Worried about money. So whenever they talked about money, they did so with negative energy. Negative energy, of course, is a metaphor for all the subconscious and non verbal body language and facial expressions associated with anxiety. Even if we didn't have any clue what they were talking about, we knew it was bad. Later, when we slowly picked up money vocabulary, we hooked it up AUTOMATICALLY to all that negative energy. Then as we grew up, we knew having money was good. But every time we ASKED for money, and were told NO, that VERIFIED those deep negative feelings. So even if you don't recognize this consciously, even if you KNOW you have plenty of cash in the bank, you still have the ATM effect. Even though you're getting YOUR money from a machine, it feels FAMILIAR to all the times you've asked for money and were told NO. So the idea of sitting down, calculating HOW MUCH money you have coming in, and how much you have going out, is TERRIFYING for most people. Even if it's not terrifying, it's not fun. Nobody looks forward to doing it. Nobody enjoys doing it. Economics is like this but on STEROIDS. It forces us to ACCEPT that everything costs something. That nothing is free. Problem is, we LOVE the idea of free stuff. We love the self-help idea of ONE WEIRD TRICK. Of finding any kind of short cut. This is EXACTLY why PT Barnum said there was a sucker born every minute. Because suckers are willing to believe something that is too good to be true. If your strategies are based on magic, shortcuts and other ideas of getting something for nothing, you might want to reconsider. Truth is PAINFUL. But truth is EFFECTIVE. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/seven-rules/
https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug11Post.mp4 An ideal role model for becoming an effective public speaker is Marcus Aurelius. He was a famous orator and Roman emperor. But he's not a good role model because of his success. He's a role model because of how he achieved his success. When he was young, he had a speech impediment. Today, that's enough to destroy your self-confidence for life. Imagine how it must have been back in the Roman times. But that didn't stop young Marcus. Not one bit. He spent the days of his youth down at the beach. Not wishing things were better. Not waiting for somebody to come and fix his problems. Not praying to the gods to intercede in his behalf. He spent his days screaming at the ocean. Not in anger, or frustration. But in practice. He would fill his mouth with stones. And yell. In his mind, it was him vs. the sound of the ocean. He was PRACTICING. He was building up ability to speak loudly and confidently. And by filling his mouth with rocks, he was CONSCIOUSLY training his mouth. His lips and his tongue and his teeth. By the time he was a young adult, he had the confidence, the logic, and the articulation to move large crowds. A far cry from being a kid that talked funny. Later, as a successful statesman and politician, he was a prolific writer. His most famous book is still read today. Meditations. One vital line in there speaks great truth to human nature: "Everything is opinion." This is very similar to something Socrates discovered. Socrates discovered that nothing is true. And he made his career by proving nobody around him REALLY knew anything. This got him killed. Marcus had the same realization. But instead of using it as buzz kill skill, he did the opposite. Socrates had the notion that he would walk around and PROVE that everybody was wrong. Maybe he thought that would get him laid. Maybe he thought that would gain him some respect. It did make him famous. But only after he was killed. Marcus, on the other hand, took that same idea and leveraged for MASSIVE power while he was alive. If you KNOW that ALL the ideas that exist in other people's brains are NOT TRUE, there are two ways to respond. You can prove they aren't true, like Socrates. Or you can make YOUR ideas more compelling, like Marcus. The choice is yours. Which will you do? Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/watching-mind/
Our brains can sometimes make things too complicated. Being our best feature, our brains, and everything it can do, has made us humans the (currently) top dogs on Earth. Why, specifically, is something that is open for discussion. Some argue it’s our use of language. Or our use of tools. Or our ability to think consciously. One interesting theory says that the long road to conscious thought began WAY back when the first creatures crawled out of the water. See, in the water, you can’t see very far ahead. So you never really need to think about what’s coming up. So any animal that lives in the sea only needs to react. But once they got up on land, they could see a lot further. Which meant they could see what was coming a lot sooner before it got there. That gave those early creatures a lot of time to “think about” a proper response. And from that window of time eventually arose human consciousness. And along with it our big brains. But all that stuff happened a LONG time ago. Most of our recent inventions have only been in the past couple hundred years. Beyond two or three hundred years ago, life was as it had been. And going back only 10,000 years, a BLINK as far as all life, we were pretty much the same as we were way back when we were lower primates. Sure, we could talk and think and make up stories about characters up in the sky, but what made us SUDDENLY leap forward? First farming, and then large cities, and recently everything else? The main thing was that GROUPS started inventing things. One “characteristic” of all these inventions was they were made for the MASSES. Meaning guys like Edison, Ford, Gates, they invented stuff, but up until very recently, all inventions were PERSONAL. People would make stuff they could use themselves. Only in the past few hundred years have people been making stuff to be used by the MASSES. Why? Are they super generous? Are they benevolent? Angels secretly pretending to be humans? Nope. There is ONE reason and ONE reason only those inventors have schemed their ENTIRE LIVES to invent things to be used by the masses. (OK, maybe not the ONLY reason but the MAIN reason...) They wanted to get PAID. Their thinking was simple. “If could create something a million people would be willing to pay a couple of dollars for, I could get rich!” This is the ONE THING that is responsible for all this stuff. None of the inventions we enjoy, depend on and take for granted today would be possible it. What is “it”? Money. Get Some: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/