The word insane is drastically over used, for everything from mild moodiness and irritability to emotional changes. That's not what this article is about, these are four stories of times I did business with people who where unwell psychologically. Sometimes I ask myself whether it's a degree of insanity within myself that has attracted these people and circumstances or whether it's just a matter of dumb luck that I've been quite intimately ensconced in business 4 separate times with people varying from unstable addicts to genuinely demented... I'm leaning more towards the former than the latter. In addition to being entertaining I hope that these stories can educate you on how to identify the tale-tale signs of insanity in the charming, persuasive people you are considering doing business with.
David David was my best friend for 4 years, towards the end of that time it became increasingly evident that he was a none violent, high functioning psychopath.
In the TED Talk below Dr. Daniel Kahneman, Inventor of Behavioral Economics, explains how our happiness is determined and sometimes distorted by what he describes as our two selves.
Actionable Take-Aways The Way a Story EndsIt's very important that we are conscious of the way a story ends in our memories. A bad ending can make our remembering self permanently unhappy about an otherwise very happy experience. Therefor it's essential to recognize and compartmentalize a negative ending to what's going to be a memory narrative. A personal experience: This year I took the coolest vacations of my life: While traveling from Central to South America, I spent 4 days in the surreal San Blas Islands (in between Panama and Colombia), it was a time of relaxation on sunny beaches, meeting the locals of the islands (and even learning a little of their language), eating great food, drinking fine wine and rum by bonfires, making new friends and snorkeling in clear waters. However it ended with two fairly disastrous events: 1) At the border crossing my passport was almost ruined by water damage 2) Our first night in Colombia we got robbed. When these two events happened I made a conscious decision to categorize them as simply part of the risks of travel, and not include them in my mental narrative of the San Blas Islands vacation. Memory Anticipation Feedback Loops - Our Remembering Self is the one in charge of making decisions, it makes decisions based upon future anticipated memories. We derive a lot of happiness from these 'self-fulfilling prophesies', so if there's a decision you need to make, imagine yourself being happy in the future reflecting on the decision. Spend Time with People You Like - and who make you feel good about yourself. It's the most significant measurable factor of happiness. Make it to $60K - It's turns out money does buy happiness, but the happiness-to-income correlation flattens out at $60K a year for Americans and other comparable countries. So do whatever it takes to get your income to $60K yearly but after that focus on other areas of your life to maximize happiness. Thought Experiment: At the end of a vacation all your pictures are going to be destroyed and you will receive a drug that gives you amnesia. All your memories of the vacation are going to be destroyed. Would you choose the same activities? If so then it illustrates a significant difference between the way your Remembering Self and your Experiencing Self perceives happiness.
This website has +400 pages of information demystifying Lifehacking, Biohacking and Smart Drugs - that's kind of an overwhelming amount of information. As soon as you join the Limitless Mindset Community (It's free!) we give you instant access to an interactive infographic which visually breaks the widely disparate topics we cover in exhaustively in our articles, videos and podcasts.
In the film Inception, a team of espionage agents are highly compensated by multi-nationals to manipulate people through their dreams. Lucid Dreaming is the closest thing outside of the silver screen to this. It's not hyperbole when I say that lucid dreaming can and will make your REM sleeping hours the most vividly exciting part of your day. A few examples of my highly vivid and memorable experiences:
Being a dictator of an underwater society.
Falling through the center of the earth and experiencing zero gravity.
Escaping from a version of Hell that would make any video game designer jealous.
Epic Matrix-esque Kung Fu battles with swords, light sabers and machine guns.
Hanging out on luxury yacht that would make Jay-Z proud.
Making love to Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.
Being attacked by a giant killer manta ray in the ocean.
Rock climbing caverns with family.
Skydiving with Neil Patrick Harris, after hitting on hot German girls (yes, I know he's gay, I'm obviously a big fan of Barney Stinson).
Driving incredibly irresponsibly in high performance cars.
Interacting with loved ones who passed away years ago.
Personal consultations with Winston Churchill.
Fighting giant bugs, Starship Troopers style!
Speed dating grandmas.
This article will present methodologies for maximizing the entertainment value and personal development benefits from dreaming.
Lucid Dreaming is my 'coolest' lifehack.Why? It takes what is usually unproductive, forgetful time and turns it into world class entertaining adventures and opportunities for introspection. It really does also have some cross over benefits to real life personal development (explained below). While there's a few products that enhance it, Lucid Dreaming is free.
You face a red pill/blue pill moment dear reader, a dream life of adventure is not for everyone, so you may want stop reading NOW before being sucked into this surreal world of danger, sex, misbehaving physics and confusing conversations with your unconscious.
In the world of personal development 'be present' is the new 'be confident'. You hear 'be present' repeated by everyone from self help gurus, yoga instructors, public speaking coaches to pickup artists and comedians. Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and even Dual N-Back training help can help you practice being present but this article is going to focus on the intersection of being present, body language and situational awareness and how they can be practiced by gamifying your reality.
On a simple level, 'be present' means that your thoughts are focused on the here and now as opposed to in the past or future.
The Problem: If you spend the majority of your mental energy planning for the future or analyzing the past, it's difficult to transition to focusing on the present. While planning for the future and analyzing the past are very important, I'm going to do a bad job of executing on future goals or more importantly enjoying the life I'm working so damn hard for or if my mind is stuck in the past or future. Have you ever found that you couldn't stop worrying about something that happened at work or thinking about the future when you should have been enjoying yourself with friends or family? This is a failure in being present. I'm also going to do a bad job at maintaining high situational awareness if my mind is perpetually pondering the past or future.
Like most ambitious, busy lifehackers my day to day thoughts are probably focused:
A hacker is someone who wants to gain complete control of the system they are dealing with - be it technological or social.
A biohacker, therefore is someone who wants to gain complete control of their own biology.
We live in excitingly novel times when we have made quantum leaps in understanding, testing and controlling our own biology. At a time when many of the leading minds in medical science and technology believe that the first immortal human has already been born and you can get your personal DNA genotyped, it is not unrealistic to say that you can have total control over your own biology.
Biohackers have a couple of common goals:
Significant gains in productive energy and focus to get things done. Adding more productive hours to the day and more productivity to those hours.
Boosting Serotonin and Dopamine, the 'feel good' Nuerotransmitters, sustainably.
Improving recall, accuracy, short and long term memory along with the learning process.
Avoidance of chronic disease, cancer and age related cognitive decline.
Training Executive Function for better discipline and self control.
Decreasing the quantity of sleep while increasing the quality.
This is a compilation of charming and friendly sayings in various languages, that I learned while traveling in Central and south America. For each saying you'll see the language, the spelling in that language, the phonetic spelling as it sounds to an English speaker along with the memory association I used to memorize it. You can barrow my memory associations or make up your own, just remember the more bizarre your memory associations are the easier to remember they will be to recall.
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Recently, with the help of an technology lifehack I've discovered a fascinating new side of myself, I'm a damned creative dreamer. I always had a feeling that I had very adventuresome dreams but until now I was never able to recall them with such detail.
Like just the other night I had a vivid dream that I was the dictator of an underwater society that lived in a giant submarine (with skyscrapers on it's hull). Our submarine was hit by a torpedo dropped by a Japanese WW2 zero. So the people of the underwater society decided to depose me as their dear leader and they condemned me to death by giant manta ray. So I put on my mask and snorkel (similar to the mask and snorkel I used in Nicaragua 4 months ago) and went for a swim next to the mega submarine, in the blue depths beneath me I could see the Manta Ray, it shot me with a dart (apparently Manta Rays can shoot darts!) but I was still quite able swim, the Manta Ray closed in on me and began to thrash me with it's massive wings (which didn't hurt very much). I could see it's glistening fangs. Then I woke up.
This is just one of my night time adventures, last week I battled stormtroopers while escaping from a version of hell that would put many a video game designer to shame and experienced zero gravity traveling to the center of the Earth.
About 30 sessions into my Dual N-Back training practice I realized an interesting personal development take away, that a cognitive psychologist would describe as domain general, meaning that it has transfer effects that influence my life when I'm not playing the Dual N-Back game.
For those you who haven't played Dual N-Back, inevitably you will usually get a match or two (or more if you are just getting started) wrong per block and there are 20 blocks in the recommended 20 minute daily training session. Dual N-Back training is not like the rest of life where you can let you mind wonder or multi-task, the game is designed specifically to take up all your attention focusing on the present. I set HighIQPro to instant feedback mode; if I select an incorrect spacial or audio N-Back match it responds with a harsh negative beep.
If your objective is to be become a more interesting conversationalist tricks and techniques and will only get you so far. At some point you actually need to make the choice to become a more interesting person.
I'll be the 1st to admit that being an interesting person is just about as subjective and generalized description you can make about a person. It's like saying that someone is smart, we'll there's a lot of different forms of intelligence, remember Einstein didn't even know how many feet where in a mile.
In this article I'm going to quantify the concept of being an interesting person into five distinct aspects; knowledge acquisition, societal outliers, raconteurism, communication style, work and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Use this toast next time you are drinking socially and your friends will love you, strangers will envy you, bartenders will give you your next round on the house, business associates will praise you & women will swoon.
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