This is a simple law of nature, but one which is very handy:
Paradox is an Illusion, caused by the Limitations of our Perception
Early in the morning on March 4th in 2004, Adrienne and I were smoozing over coffee, and she said she was re-reading a book on “enneagrams”, a scheme presented by Gurdjieff that classifies humans into nine personality types. She said she was a Two (the Giver) and that I was a Nine (the Boss).
Well, while I like to think of myself as a warm and wonderful person, and although I have learned not to have any employees, perhaps she is right.
But that’s not the point. [Read more…]
Medford Oregon, January 23, 2016: Two writer friends and I had coffee yesterday, because they wanted to talk about marketing their books. One of them has published a couple of books but his last one has not sold much yet. The other fellow is still working on his book. Both books are novels.
I confessed that although I’ve written several books and have published them in one way or another, I’m no big expert on this subject.
However, as the get-together unfolded, between my marketing experiences and their ideas we actually did put together a couple of plans that seem very likely to be effective.
I Read the News Today, Oh Boy
Today, I got an email from one of them, and in his email he said:
“All very interesting, and I want to know more, but my purist streak pulls me back to the Dark Side, to wit: Why don’t I just learn how to write a Story that makes a reader want to burn through it before lunch because I have made this huge promise and they are hungry for their payoff?”
As I began to respond to his question, it reawakened something I learned many years ago from my client Jerry Richardson, the author of “Powers of Persuasion,” which became a national best-seller, about how we humans leave out parts of sentences. I have found it very useful over the years. Perhaps you will find interesting this response to my writer friend —
To answer your question —
You asked: “Why don’t I just learn how to write a Story that makes a reader want to burn through it before lunch because I have made this huge promise and they are hungry for their payoff?”
Errors of Omission
Your answer is inside your question. All English-speakers engage in a practice that linguists would call “omission” or “deletion.” We delete parts of the sentence because they are “understood.” An example: [Read more…]
In another micro-story here on The Adventures of Bloggard, I described my “Twenty-Second Tune-Up” method whereby you can feel good in twenty seconds. Quite a few people have responded, and asked: “Why does this work so well?”
Gather round. I’ll try to keep the explaino brief.
Normal Affirmations Sometimes Don’t Work
When you do an affirmation, and remembering that the unconscious mind works only by association, it becomes clear why the unconscious mind raises those (past or habitual) thoughts that are actually in direct contradiction to what you were just affirming.
For example, you say, “I have a million dollars,” but the little voice inside your head pipes up and says, “Oh, yeah, SURE you do.”
And that’s because … [Read more…]
Medford, Oregon, August 29, 2014 — Like coffee? Like naps? Energy feeling a little bit low? … try a Coffee Nap!
The science sounds reasonable. I tried it. Seemed to work a treat.
Check it out —
Medford, Oregon, April 7, 2014 — On this day, I am officially 70 years old, and on this day my second marketing book is available on Amazon (print and kindle editions).
What it says on the back cover —
Get Endless New Clients
“How to Build an Automatic Selling Machine to Ensure Business Growth and Cash Flow”
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And how it might grow, and the warm sensation of pride deep inside, and a hope that someday, a legacy, something to change the world, if only a little.
But slowly, the dream twisted and darkening into something ominous, deepening into worry and pain, unhappy visions of something lost, grinding down the days. You’re expert at your business, so why these endless days of alarm and trouble, sleepless nights, and where did the dream go?
There are many wonderful things in this world. There are many ways to think. There are many ways to plan. There are many ways to exercise. There are many ways to eat for health. And there are many ways to improve yourself.
Sometimes … too many.
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‘Vegistentialism’ is a word, coined in a light-hearted manner, to describe a pleasant and economical way of eating that will allow you to live a long life, and statistically you should remain free of the diseases which kill most people in the western world.
(These killers are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and immune disorders including diabetes.)
Specifically, the simple method of ‘vegistentialism’ will give you a way of daily eating which will provide you with high energy, tasty and enjoyable meals, a feeling of lightness, and you will have radically altered the odds that you will live far longer. You will feel good.
A ‘vegistentialist’ is a person who has discovered ‘the essential truth about humans and vegetables.’ This approach answers the puzzle of: “What should we eat?”
Main Entry: human
: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens)
Main Entry: vegetable
1 : a plant
2 : a usually herbaceous plant (as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part that is usually eaten as part of a meal; also : such an edible part
Main Entry: exÂ·isÂ·tenÂ·tialÂ·ism
: a 20th century philosophical movement centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad.
The food industry in the United States alone is a 17 billion dollar enterprise. So it is no surprise that the advertising streaming at you every day gives you information which has more to do with food-industry profits than with the truth about your health.
It’s not so much that there is some sort of conspiracy to lead you into illness. Rather it is the selective presentation of information and partial information. As an example, realize that rarely will a man go up to a pretty woman and say, “Hi, I’m Joe, and I’d really like to take you out, though I should tell you that I’m lousy in bed.”
Rather, he’ll ask her out and let her find out on her own, later.
And unfortunately, this very understandable bias of the food industry has led to most of us being … shall we say … let down?
The truth is simple, and using the truth to enhance your health is simple. And the truth has been available through immense scientific studies for many years. It is only because the truth had a very limited advertising budget that we’ve not heard much about it.
What works as a dietary guideline, to maximize your health and minimize death, is covered nicely in a book called The China Study. It boils down to minimizing eating animal products, specifically animal protein, and eating lots of vegetables. Get the book. Read the science. Live long and prosper.
You’ll find the truth. The truth is Vegistentialism. Eat your damn vegetables! Watch your health improve.