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Tony Robbins
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

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How To Identify Your Limiting Beliefs And Get Rid Of Them Once And For All

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W. Somerset Maugham
“If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?”

Consider how you’re doing in the following areas:

  • Finances. Are you feeling financial pressure in your life? Do you have all the things you need or really want? How much money do you have in savings? Do you have the income you desire? Is that income secure?
  • Relationships. Are your relationships satisfying? 
  • Health. Are you taking good care of yourself? 
  • Fun & Adventure. Are you doing the things you really want to do?
  • Any other aspect of your life in which you’re experiencing dissatisfaction. 

If you’re not pleased with your life, a limiting belief could be the cause.

Make a list of all of your beliefs, good and bad.

Examples related to money:

  • I’ll never be wealthy.
  • Rich people are dishonest.
  • I’ll never have enough money to have a nice house.
  • If I’m rich, people will try to steal from me.
  • My friends will treat me differently if I have a lot of money.

It will be difficult to make a lot of money if you believe these things.

Think about which beliefs are having the greatest negative impact on your life. Consider how your behavior will change if that belief is eliminated from your life.

Order all your limiting beliefs you have identified, in order, from the belief having the greatest negative impact to the least.

Now that you have a list of your limiting beliefs and have them in order, it’s time to start dealing with them.

Eliminate A Limiting Belief
  • Read the belief out loud and ask yourself: “Do I really know that this is true?”
  • Ask yourself where that belief came from.
  • Simply state to yourself: “I choose not to believe this anymore. It’s not true.” Look for supporting evidence.
  • Create a new belief that serves you. 
  • Measure yourself. How do you feel about your new beliefs? Is your behavior changing?
  • Go back to your list of limiting beliefs. As you experience new things, new limiting beliefs will show up.

Mathematics: The Language Of Science
  • According to Galileo Galilei, mathematics is the language in which God scripted the universe.
  • A language, as defined by linguist Noam Chomsky, is a set of sentences constructed using a finite set of elements, being able to represent events and abstract concepts.
  • Mathematics is considered a bona-fide language by many linguists though there are others who disagree and say that it is mostly in written format only.

Why Mathematics Is a Language

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  • A language normally contains vocabulary, meaning, grammer, syntax, narrative and a set of people who use and understand the various symbols.
  • The syntax, vocabulary and grammar of mathematics forms a system of communication which any language must have to qualify as one.
  • It is considered by many as a universal language as it meets all criteria and requirements of the same.

Nouns in math are the Arabic numerals, fractions, variables, expressions, figures, infinity, Pi and imaginary numbers like i.

The verbs of math are equalities and inequalities, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and many other operatives like Sin, Cos, Tan etc.

The rules of mathematics, like syntax and grammar, are international, with the same structure used universally. Greek and Latin languages are used to denote the various symbols.

  • Many students find numbers and symbols confusing, and using a familiar language to describe an equation makes the subject easy to understand.
  • Solving word problems, where nouns, verbs and modifiers are translated into mathematical equations is a good exercise.
  • As mathematics is universal, it helps people learn and communicate by acting as a common translator language.
Pamela Slim
are made to create. We feel useful when we create. We release our ‘stuckness’ when we create. We reinvent our lives, tell new stories, and rebuild communities when we create. We reclaim our esteem, our muse, and our hope when we cre

For a Genius Brain, Focus on How to Think, Instead of What to Think

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It means producing something novel or original, evaluating, solving problems, whether on paper, on stage, in a laboratory or even in the shower.

Geniuses know “how” to think, instead of “what” to think.

People who are more creative can simultaneously engage brain networks that don’t typically work together.

  • The default mode network involved in memory and mental simulation
  • The salience network which detects important information
  • The executive control network which plays key roles in creative thought

It can take years to perfect a piece of art, or build something unique. 

Cultivate patience. And learn to enjoy the process. It’s part of the discovery.

Stephen King
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.

They are autodidacts and have an inner motivation to solve problems that fascinate them. They preferred figuring things out, rather than waiting to be taught.

They also choose their subjects, materials, rhythm and time.

Thomas Oppong
To truly create something amazing, or contribute to the world, you have to be able to connect countless dots and cross-pollinate existing ideas from a wealth of unrelated disciplines.

We tend to reproduce what we are thought or what we learn when confronted with issues or things to solve.

In order to creatively solve a problem, you must leave aside the initial obvious approach that comes from past experience and re-conceptualize the problem.

Prof. Dean Simonton
“On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.”
Common Causes Of Bad Decisions: Social Pressure
  1. People push their moral boundaries due to incentives and rewards.
  2. No one wants to be kicked out of a tribe or community so they play along.
  3. People do not think through the consequences.
  4. Little things and tiny, overlooked details snowball into something big.
  5. Other people's errors are easier to spot than one’s owns, leading to blind spots and denial of one’s faults.

Common Causes of Very Bad Decisions · Collaborative Fund

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  1. Many people are unable to put the effort and blindly follow simple calculations with black-and-white outcomes.
  2. Assuming that there is no room for error in the first place, and making a decision based on that.
  3. Underestimating the ability of things to change for the better, and banking on things to remain bleak and static.
  4. Idolizing others who may not be in the same space as you are, and following their actions and decisions.
  1. Inability to predict our response to risk and making knee-jerk decisions based out of fear.
  2. Past success leading to overconfidence and arrogance.
  3. The false assumption of the information on the table being the complete picture.
  4. Taking the wrong lessons from others' success and failures while not able to grasp the complex and diverse set of circumstances.
Improving your idea-flow

A lower idea-flow is this sense that you don't have as many ideas as you used to. Reading more encourages ideas to flow.

You can't create time, you can only re-allocate it. To find the time for improving your idea-flow means that you have to find ways to cut back on other things.

Improving Idea Flow - Nat Eliason

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One way to improve ideas is to think of sources of information as being in memetic buckets. If your idea inputs come from the same memetic bucket, your outputs will replicate the same concepts in that bucket. Your thoughts won't be new or particularly interesting.

To combat this:

  1. Reduce the overlap in idea sources.
  2. Go through your social media feeds and see what sources say the same things in different ways.
  3. Pick one or two favourites out of them, and ditch the rest.

When you catch yourself thinking "that's crazy," try to figure out why someone would believe that idea.

People are mostly logical, their starting point is just different. When you try to see if you can find the premises for someone's beliefs and ideas, their conclusions will make more sense. Even if you disagree, understanding where they are coming from will help you better understand your own ideas.

Cut your sources of information so you don't hear the same thing in five different ways.

Realize when you should let go of certain inputs, even if you enjoy them.

Developing good ideas is an active process. The ideas that are starting to form should be coaxed out of you.

  • This is best done by having conversations. It forces you to try to explain them in a moment, realize where they're faulty, then continue refining them in subsequent discussions.
  • Creating is the final expression of an idea. Express your ideas in articles, tweets, songs, paintings, TikToks, to clarify them properly.
Two strategies

When it comes to setting strategy, there are benefits to both popular and loner strategies.

  • Popular strategies are those that are identified by the crowds. The more people that choose a strategy, the better the strategy performs.
  • Loner strategies are those that are identified by only one person. If you want to outperform the crowd, you've got to do something the group isn't doing.

How the Very Best Strategists Decide

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Outperforming the crowd

If you want to outperform the crowd, learn the following two essential skills.

  • Generate ideas by broadening your decision frame.
  • You must be able to distinguish between good and bad loner strategies. It is best done by embracing critical thinking.

When we need to make a decision, we tend to ask "What should we do?" However, it narrows our thinking to one right decision.

If we ask the question: "What could we do?"  it broadens our decision-making frame, because we can consider multiple futures. Could ask what if, what else, and why not.

For example: Ask what would be the equivalent in your industry of something that’s working well in another.

Strategy development and internal reviews often center on precedents, trends, and due diligence. They address"what will happen."  Change the question to "what may happen" :

  • Role-play other parties.
  • Listen to assumptions in the way a strategy is supposed to work.
  • Watch out for confirmation bias, overconfidence, survivor bias, and groupthink.
  • Forecast your competitors' results.
  • Beware of missing pieces in the tools you use.
Daydreaming Is Not A Waste Of Time

Contrary to popular belief, daydreaming is actually an evolutionary trait specific to human beings which harnesses our creative power and enables us to function in an effective manner.

Research shows that a creative distraction like daydreams loosens us form our never-ending stream of thoughts and provides possible solutions to our problems, while enhancing our sense of identity.

Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander

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Our brains have many regions, like the prefrontal cortex, medial temporal lobes and the parietal cortex cluster, allowing us to imagine and visualize complex scenarios and their possible outcomes inside our minds.

This makes daydreaming a complex and rich phenomenon which we take for granted.

  • We all have imagination at our disposal, a highly complex brain function(though we ignore it), that can take us backwards or forward in time, like a time machine.
  • A comprehensive neuroimaging brain scan analysis shows that dementia patients do not have this brain function of active imagination, and are stuck in the present moment.
  • Similar studies on patients with Alzheimer’s disease showed that they cannot remember past and future events, and are not able to imagine things apart from not having access to their memory.
Silent Reading Vs Reading It Aloud
  • The ancient art of reading out aloud has many benefits like better recall, a better understanding of complex content, and even strengthening of emotional bonds.
  • In most of our literary history, reading something meant reading it aloud by default, so that one can also listen to what is being read.
  • Silent reading, or reading just in our heads is now the norm, and we keep bottling the words in our heads quietly.

Why you should read this out loud

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  • The Production Effect: Researchers have found that people remember words and texts better if those are read out aloud, as compared to silent reading.
  • The Generation Effect: Words said aloud while giving a response to a question stand out, and are distinctive.
  • The Enactment Effect: Spoken words also let us visualize, imagine and even enact certain words, strongly associating them with our memory.

Reading aloud is great for elderly people and can delay the onset of dementia and also make certain memory problems detectable at an early stage.

Many of us read aloud more often than we realize. Some automatic reading aloud happens when we have to understand complex legal and academic text, or follow instructions from a manual.

Reading out brings joy, comfort and a sense of belonging among our loved ones, strengthening the emotional bonding.

Describing culture

Culture refers to the practices of exchanging information across generations and peers by means that are not genetic. It includes behavior and symbolic systems.

The way we use the term is a recent invention. Before the 1800s, culture typically referred to the educational process a person had undergone.

Philosophy of Culture Meaning

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Cultural relativists claim that no culture has a truer worldview than any other - they are just different.

The anthropological conception of culture is the most productive terrain for cultural relativism. For example, some societies have a clear-cut gender and racial division, while others do not.

To study culture, you have to distance yourself from it, which means the only way to study a culture is by not sharing it. The study of culture ask difficult questions about human nature:

  • To what extend can you really understand yourself?
  • To what extent can a society assess its own practices?
  • What grounds does the anthropologist have to better understand the dynamics of a society than the members of the society themselves?
Outlining types of future problems

There are different types of problems that we will face now and in the future.

We need to evaluate the degree of “alarm” with which those problems should be treated.

How to Think About Our Problems

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Known problems with known solutions include the following:

  • Global warming. It is partly caused by excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 emissions come from energy generation and can be replaced by nuclear power.
  • Declining freshwater reserves could be tackled through greater use of desalination and recycling wastewater.

Once the gravity of these problems becomes apparent to a critical mass of humanity, solutions would be put in motion.

Known problems to which solutions are not only imaginable but (probably) within reach include:

  • Malaria: Like smallpox that was fully eradicated in 1980, it is not much of a stretch to think that Malaria will be defeated through a combination of genetic engineering, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, vaccines, and drugs.
  • Superbugs or deadly viruses: Crispr technology allows for easy alteration of DNA sequences and modifies gene function. Crispr could be used to turn bacterium or viruses machinery against itself.

These problems are bound to cause suffering until an appropriate solution is found.

Known problems without readily imaginable or implementable solutions include:

  • Nuclear weapons: Governments in possession of nuclear weapons are unlikely to abandon them. The technology cannot be unlearned. We can only hope that the number of nuclear warheads is reduced.
  • Artificial intelligence: Futurologists believe that AI will eventually put an end to work itself. How would we react to a world without work?

Safety protocols aimed at preventing accidental nuclear conflict and ethical standards in AI development will be useful, although rogue agents can still sow chaos.

Some known problems cannot be addressed by humans on Earth, and include:

  • The eventual exhaustion of hydrogen in the Sun and the star's transformation.
  • A sudden appearance of a black hole that could consume our planet.
  • A burst of gamma rays from a close supernova that destroys our ozone layer and expose us to ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
  • A surprise asteroid strike that destroys a large part of the planet and blacks out the Sun.

We don't have implementable solutions to these problems, but we also cannot worry about everything. We can only address issues as they arise.

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