It is almost impossible to change someone’s mind when you confront them in an argument. To change people’s mind, the art of convincing, is much more effectively done by leading the horse to water.    By making them feel like it was their idea.    Inception, the 2010 sci-fi film by Christopher Nolan follows a mischievous group who try to convince man called Robert Fischer (played by Cilian Murphy) to dissolve his dying father’s company.    But they must convince him that it is his idea, and to do this, they infiltrate his subconscous.    The journey deep into Robert’s mind   What I love about Inception is that it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjVTcdbJqs Podcast Episode Link.   If you’ve never seen Hollywood’s classic, satirical Austin Powers movies, then you might be missing one of the greatest lessons on wealth of all time from the film’s villain, Dr. Evil.    Played by Mike Myers, Dr. Evil continually gets stuck up on one thing - relativity.    Having been caught up in time travel, he has problems adjusting his ransom demands for inflation!      From a million to a hundred billion dollars   In this short clip Dr. Evil reveals the extent of his well-thought out diabolical plan. He’s obviously been brooding on this one for a while and plotting to get a million dollars.    Though

The following story is told in the book Art and Fear by Ted Orland and David Bayles   Recently a painter of some accomplishment (but as insecure as the rest of us) was discussing his prevoius night’s dream with a friend over coffee. It ewas one of those vivid technicolour dreams, the kind that linger on in exact detail even after waking. In his dream he found himself at an art gallery, and when he walked inside and looked around he found the walls hung with paintings - amazing paintings, paintings of passionate intensity and haunting beauty. Recounting his dream, the artist

I didn’t do it. So you’re going to do it for me. Said the crazy tennis parent to their child.    Crazy Tennis Parent Syndrome is real and affects at least 1 in every 5 parents of above average tennis players.  The illness, which has no known cure, tends to emerge most noticeably in parents when children reach the ages of around nine-to-ten years old.    It manifests itself in consistent and belligerent verbal abuse whilst spectating the tennis matches of their young children. Arguing with prepubescent children over line calls is also quite common.    In extreme cases, sufferers of Crazy Tennis Parent Syndrome make exorbitant investments

The following doubts struck me from a book called Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.    I felt compelled to relay them on, as a true idea worth sharing, because they indicate how normal we all are for having these doubts.    My hope is that by identifying with this list, you’ll see that these doubts are not an obstacle to your next great act - you have no excuse, because the people who have done things have had these doubts as well.    Note - the words ‘art’ and ‘artist’ I see as being interchangeable with whatever your creative speciality is -

One of my little mantras you know is start terribly, fail and learn fast.    I was listening to the Tim Ferriss show once and one of the guests noted they had “The Adventures of Luke Starkiller” written on their desk above where they worked for inspiration.    This guest explained that this was the first title for the cultural phenomenon that debuted in 1977 and became globally known as George Lucas’ Star Wars. Only it didn’t start out as a masterpiece.    The Adventures of Luke Starkiller was apparently a ridiculous and laughable early draft. Yet, the way the editing process works, is that Lucas

Dear Reader,    If this is your first time reading - hello! How are you?    If you’ve been here often, welcome back! Thanks for sticking with me so far.    I thought today I should make a point about all this writing that may not be so obvious from your seat.    From my end though, I would like to share a little point. You see, the blog appears to be all about me trying to teach things, spread things, propose things or put things forward.    Did you ever consider that, in fact, a powerful reason for the blog is to help my own learning?   Indeed, it’s true.    Writing about

As Jordan B. Peterson says, each of us is connected to somewhere around a thousand people.  Maybe a little less. Maybe a little more.    That’s pretty good, maybe not incredible, but pretty good.  But each of those people is probably connected to a thousand people as well, and now the math gets very impressive, because a thousand times a thousand is a million.    That’s significant. Then what about your third degree connections? A billion.  If what you’re doing is incredible, then reaching some of those people is free.    What are the chances that the next person you need is buried somewhere in those obscure connections?  How can

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaZzSXMUj4Q The Podcast Episode, Here!   Here’s the thing about wanting more. The act of wanting more implies that you already have some.    SO… Why isn’t some enough?    Some money is better than no money, but some money might be better than more money. Isn’t that interesting?  Why do investment and fund managers need to squeeze every percent of growth possible? So they can win more business, and have more themselves?   And, if you have already built ten buildings, why do you want to build twenty?  We’re obsessed with growth, of continually aspiring for more. Why?   Alternatives to wanting more: Wanting less Having enough Doing more.    These ideas tie heavily to the

Why are New Year’s Resolutions a thing?   Loneliness, dissatisfaction and feelings that our lives are empty and disappointing are much more pronounced around the Christmas and New Year period.    Why is that so?    Answer: A powerful combination of factors causes us to be more reflective and pessimistic at this time. Today we’re going to explore and de-mystify these.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2gvXXsM8SQ Firstly, there’s the PAUSE.    Just like COVID-19, everything has slowed down at this time of year. People are not at work distracting themselves with ‘busyness’. They have time to think.    Then there’s the inevitable REFLECTION and REVIEW.    It’s like post-match analysis… the best time to reflect on a game

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