21 Things Your Mind Wishes You Knew About Success 0 20

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You and I know this.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu

But what many people ignore is that the first step to success is in the mind. You see, a strong mind is why sometimes smaller boxers crush the big guys and why every now and then, a solopreneur comes along and knocks the comfort out of bigger firms.

But even then, no success can withstand the crippling of a poor mind.

That is why I wrote this article. To lay bare some of the secrets your mind wishes you knew to acquire, but most importantly stick with the wins you’ll gather along the way.

It is a fine melange of years of findings from 2 of psychology’s brightest minds, Daniel Kahneman & Dan Ariely, and of  some of the visionary entrepreneurs of our time.

To beat the best, learn from them. So here…

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21 Things Successful People Know About The Human Mind

1. You become what you think. Small thoughts create small men, great thoughts create great men.

2. 95% of your actions are ruled by your subconscious and the gate to your subconscious is what you listen to, see and say about yourself.

3. Everything you see was born in someone’s mind. Dreams precede greatness.

4. Once expanded, the mind never regains its original size. In other words, knowledge is never wasted.

5. Your outer world reflects your inner world. Your reality is only bounded by your vision.

6. Your mindset has room for one reality at a time. Happy or sad, rich or poor, but never two opposites. Make your choice. What do you want to focus on?

7. Lies are self-reinforcing. If you believe a conclusion to be true, you are most likely to believe the arguments that support it.

8. Unless you are skeptical about your intuitions, they will most likely lead you down the path of immediate gratification.

9. What you perceive, you easily believe. Even when it’s not true. So, always question your perceptions.

10. You are most likely 1 decision away from your greatest success.

11. Reciprocation triggers compliance. You are less likely to oppose the people who help you.

12. Repetition can drive any skill or information into your subconscious. Therefore, beware of the information you expose yourself to.

13. The mind loves patterns because they require little effort. Thus, use small changes to drive bigger changes and easy requests to introduce bigger ones.

14. The Halo effect will cause you to love a bad thing or hate a good one, depending on the first information you receive about them. Why? Patterns are easy on the brain. So if you wish to increase your chances of being accepted, always open with your strong suits.

15. Emotions accelerate conclusions. Reason slows them down. That’s why the greatest marketers sell feelings and the best speakers tell stories.

16. The most Plausible things are not the most Probable. The majority of the things you fear will never happen.

17. Small repeated wins have more motivating power than sparse wins of bigger value. If you wish to ever journey all the way to greatness, line your path with small victories.

18. The price for greater is what we currently hold. But since we fear loss more than we love gain, most dreams appear to be too expensive.

19. Pre-commitment is the simplest cure to procrastination.  Set every task as an engagement you cannot cancel.

20. Choices dilute efficiency. The fewer the exit plans, the more accurate the mind becomes.

21. Not all risk takers are successful, but all successful people are risk takers.

It would make my day if you could share this with one friend. If you can inspire one person, then you will soon inspire 2. Usually, that’s all it takes to start a movement.

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On Fear: The Emperor Has No Clothes 0 28


If you don’t know this powerful story yet, take a seat.

There was once an emperor who commissioned a new suit from 2 swindlers who posed as weavers. They ordered the best silk available, which they hid every night instead of using it for weaving.

To cover up their theft, they spread a fascinating rumour about this new suit: That is was so unique that only those who were worthy of their rank could see it.

If you couldn’t see it, you were unworthy, an imposter, a disgrace.

“What a splendid work of art!” The ministers marvelled as they inspected the evolution of the weaving. Truth is, they couldn’t see a thing, but none of them was ready to be called an fool.

“Oh my, this is amazing!” Exclaimed the emperor, as he saw it in his turn. Not once was there anything to see during the weaving, but the fear of disgrace got every one in and around the city to join into the lie.

On procession day, the emperor removed his clothes, stepped into his marvellous new attire and majestically paraded around town.

“But he’s got no clothes”, a child said. “He has no clothes”, the next person thought. Before you knew it, everyone came to their senses and shouted what had been apparent all this time: that the emperor has no clothes.

Yet. Convinced that only fools would think such a thing, the emperor continued his procession, smile on his face, along with his ministers holding a train made of thin air.


How Does This Story Relate To Fear?

1. Fear Is The Invisible Suit. To embrace it is to see something that doesn’t exist.

Just like the suit only existed in people’s mind, fear is an idea: That things will go wrong, that the uncharted territory is rigged with ambush and that the unattempted is so for a reason.

If you convince yourself to see it, you surely will.

The emperor ignored the voice in him suggesting that there wasn’t any cloth and had the opposite of what he expected. In attempting to avoid ridicule, he met ridicule.

In attempting to avoid failure, fear could lead you right to it. How?

  • You cannot eternally push back a launch date,
  • avoid an apology,
  • or avoid an assignment,

Without consequence. When fear knocks, do that thing right away.


2. Fear Begets Fear, just like the lie about the suit spread itself.

If you convince yourself that anything about a goal at hand is to be feared, it will become easier to accept the fear of everything else associated to it.

It is debilitating. It doesn’t make you more tactful.

If you need life in your best shot, do not launch it from a position of fear. Launch it from a place that says “I can make it because I said so.”


3. Courage Begets Courage, just like the truth about the invisible suit spread itself.

I could as well have said courage is the gateway drug to itself. It only takes one act of courage in the opposite direction of your worries to make you do more. Doesn’t matter how small, what matters is that your brain registers the idea that you are the kind of person who successfully faces challenges.

The rest will catch fire from there.


Rock on!


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The First Strokes On Your Canvas 0 31

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There’s nothing expected about the first strokes on a canvas.

At first they seem not to make sense. A random line, a circle here, a dot there. But as the artist moves on, it becomes evident how indispensable they were.

The same goes for the first lines on a tapestry. They rarely bear all the colours, but without them, the finishing touches which attract the beholder’s eye would not be.

However shapeless the first steps in following your dream seem to be, remember that they’re just the base lines of your tapestry. Beauty and acclaim will eventually come, but without the steps you’re on right now, they’ll have nothing to be built upon.

Can I invite you to keep going?

I’m waving your flag.

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