Which Of These 3 Best Productivity Tools Would You Like To Enjoy?

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Men who know it all aren’t invited to read this page, for it holds nothing of interest to the wise young man who is perfectly satisfied with his productivity.

This page is a personal message to those men who are worried about the wasted energy that threatens to ruin a perfectly good future.

We’re about to go over the 3 best productivity tools. By the time you finish reading, you’ll know exactly how to save energy and increase the quality of your work – helping you make more money and get to where you want to be.

Fair enough? [Read more…]

These 70+ TOP Business Books Will Blow Your Mind!

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Dear soon-to-be multi-millionaire,

Here’s a list of 70+ top business books for your convenience.

I’ve divided these books into the following categories:

  1. Sales
  2. Theory
  3. Mindset
  4. Efficiency
  5. Marketing
  6. Copywriting

As you’ve realized, books in the “mindset” and “theory” sections don’t have business as their focus. However, the lessons learned are directly applicable.

Let’s get started by looking at sales. [Read more…]

Would You Use These Charlie Munger Mental Models To Become Rich?

charlie munger mental models

From one thing you can know 10,000 things.

-Mushashi

These models detail the patterns of the universe.

They explain energy and rhythm.

By applying them to various situations, you can see the bigger picture.

Both Munger and Buffett used these models to amass their fortunes. If they can do it, so can you. At the very least, they will greatly improve your quality of life (and save you from making stupid decisions).

Whether you’re starting your own business, or simply want to become a better strategist, these Charlie Munger mental models will help you get what you want out of life. [Read more…]

How To Use The McDonald’s Franchise Model To Master Your Niche Site Project (And Make $100,000+)

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Ideas great for selling one product can be adapted to sell almost any other product.

-Robert Collier

You may have heard about the niche site project challenge.

The basic idea is to build small affiliate sites focused on a certain topic.

The challenge could be part-time, or it could be full time. It all depends on how far you want to take it.

The honest truth is, every niche site is a life-long asset. It’s a virtual salesperson working for you 24/7.

Even if you aren’t serious about making big bucks online, you could invest a few hours into recommending products which have improved your own life. This could easily put some extra money into your pocket.

This post will save you the $9,000 most online biz “courses” run for. Even better, it could make you a handsome profit. When you finish reading, you’ll have a clear understanding of what it takes to master your niche site project.

How does McDonald’s tie into all this?

Let’s find out. [Read more…]

Now You Can Be Location Independent – With Style!

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What’s The Best Way To Be Location Independent?

You’ve heard all the clichés.

“YOLO!”

“Be your own boss!”

“Just travel and be happy!”

The honest truth is, you’ll eventually run into something called *the future*.

If you want to live life on your own terms, it’s important to account for certain valuables. This post will give them to you. When you get to the end, you’ll have a clear image of what a high-value location independent life looks like.

Let’s start with the mistakes most people make. [Read more…]

Will You Overcome Automation? – Rise of the Gig Economy, Online Business, And More!

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Will You Try This Experiment?

It’s a simple one, pleasant, with infinite room for growth. Here’s the name of the game:

I am going to give you the finest tools to overcome automation. They’re absolutely FREE and will ensure you make a high salary for the rest of your life.

If you don’t agree with me that this is a tremendous opportunity – if in efficiency these tools aren’t the equal of any other means of overcoming automation – don’t pay a single cent.

Let’s start with the basics. [Read more…]

The ULTIMATE Guide To Qualifying Clients, Friends, And Girls

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If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day.

-Naval Ravikant

Why Is It Essential To Be Qualifying Clients, Friends, And Girls?

Time/value is of the essence.

Life’s too short to tolerate “good enough“.

Investing your energy into the wrong things deprives both yourself and others of a better life.

You owe it to your potential to minimize headaches and maximize outcomes.

This letter will save you tremendous time and peace of mind while helping you make more money in the process. When you get to the end, you’ll know exactly what a quality client looks like.

Let’s do it. [Read more…]

LOOK! Strategic Thinking Skills With Kanye West

What are Kanye West’s strategic thinking skills?

As you know, Kanye is one of the most successful artists of all time.

Just the other day I came across one of his interviews.

His philosophy sounded familiar.

The entire video is full of priceless gems. Be sure to watch the whole thing.

We’re about to go over the most important takeaways. When you finish reading, you’ll have a clear understanding of Kanye’s strategic thinking skills.

After all, it’s essential to study the winning mindset.

Let’s begin.

Kanye on identity:

People are controlled by the perception of themselves. Many are slowed down by it. They think you’re crazy when you work beyond their frame of reference. If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.

The average person is programmed to settle for less.

This reflects itself in their identity. If you think of yourself as a loser, you act like a loser. When you view yourself as a winner, you act like a winner.

How can you achieve more?

By reprogramming your mind to set effective, repeatable systems.

As you’ve realized, success is a function of structure.

Let’s look at what it takes to maintain these systems.

Kanye on the price of ambition:

You could be a slave to a lot of things. At this point obviously I’m a slave to my passion. I’m a slave to my mission. You’re driving a Maybach past a homeless person, you ask “who’s more free?” You could be trapped to your possessions. “You’ve gotta do this next deal because you’ve gotta do this with your house!”

As you know, every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction.

To gain something means you must sacrifice other things (experiences, lifestyles, indulgences, etc).

At the same time, it’s important to be aware of second-order consequences. A “great deal” can turn out to be more expensive later on.

The real key is to keep a long-term perspective while guarding priceless assets (freedom). A large income means nothing when you’ve sold your soul to get it.

As Mike Cernovich said,

Life is finding what you’re good at/want to do + overlap with what others want.

What’s the point of having “fuck-you money” if you never say “fuck you”?

It’s amazing how little money can buy when you don’t have the right mindset.

But that’s not all.

Kanye on vulnerability:

People are enslaved to what could possibly happen. There’s glass ceilings. There’s glass fences. There’s invisible walls.

Imagine your world as a 3D projection of your mental map.

Your form spills into certain passageways (environments and actions).

This “map” reflects your rhythm. To break “invisible barriers” requires effort and discipline. The “limits” of form reveal their underlying design.

Only a select few develop themselves into catalysts (Steve Jobs, Picasso, Tesla, etc).

Want to become a catalyst to something greater as well?

Make yourself vulnerable to failure via (calculated) risk.

Let me drive this attitude home with another example.

Kanye on multiple streams of income:

When you have other outlets, you can give everything else breathing room.

This quote reminded me of Gene Simmons’ philosophy in “Me, Inc“. He says, “never put all your eggs in one basket.”

The basic idea is to monetize your hobbies, keep a regular base income, and maintain passive investments.

While this is the opposite approach of Warren Buffet’s “watch ONE basket closely” philosophy, the goal is to avoid spreading yourself thin.

What offers the most leverage?

Luckily for you, the e-commerce business covers all the bases.

STOP. Read that last sentence again.

You can sell what you have experience with, make regular money, and have it running 24/7. There’s no better way to maximize your income. With a risk-free trial, you have nothing to lose.

Talk about a grand slam!

Closing Thoughts

Now you have a clear understanding of Kanye’s strategic thinking skills.

These skills are an effective way to elevate your life.

You see, thoughts creates blueprints of reality.

When you create triumphant blueprints, you create a triumphant life.

There’s nothing more awesome, awesome, awesome than that!

P.S. (BONUS) Here’s an 80/20 benefit: Instead of looking to buy things to solve your issues, start creating them. This helps you live a better life and saves hard-earned money. Now that’s what I call win-win!

Mental Models – How To Discover The Fortune Lying Hidden In Your Own Mind

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The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.

-Lao Tzu

There’s a fortune within your mind.

It’s begging for a release.

However, it’s locked away.

It just so happens, the key to this vault is your MENTAL MODELS.

What are mental models?

They’re your pattern recognition system. (OODA loop).

This post will explain:

  • Why quality mental models make a difference
  • How you can improve your own
  • And what new models are important to develop

Let’s begin.

Quality Mental Models – The Secret To A Better Life

I’ll let you in on a little secret.

The better your mental models, the better your quality of life.

You see, a human mind with the ability to think well is like a diamond mine that never runs out.

What does this effect?

EVERYTHING.

Your models add up to a mental map. An accurate mental map helps you experiment with less risk. Your maps allow you to avoid world danger without experiencing it.

Lacking certain maps places you at greater risk. Any person with a defective cognitive map is destined to become a “victim”.

You become more confident and secure when you have plans to deal with problems. Accounting for worse-case scenarios frees mental energy. Don’t expect the worst, just be ready for it. Everything’s simpler when you have a plan.

Systems are great strategies repeated.

The more you increase the quality of your models, the more you realize how few (smart) choices there actually are. When your mental models are sound, low-value thoughts and actions dissolve. You can’t even consider them.

You’ve got whole categories you bat away so your brain isn’t cluttered with them. This way, you’re able to pick up a few sensible things to do.

If biases lead to horrible outcomes, they aren’t very good. That’s why it’s important to adopt positive illusions (disregard “luck”, be an optimist, etc). If you aren’t aiming too high, you’re aiming too low.

Mental models don’t just apply to taking action and making decisions. You also have mental models for learning.

  • Ludvig over at “Start Gaining Momentum” has an excellent post on this topic. You can read it here.

But that’s not all.

How To Make Subjective Reality Work For You

Our brains aren’t designed to see reality. Our brains are designed to help us survive.

-Scott Adams

We base our decisions on an idea of reality (mental models), not the actual thing.

Your mental model is the world you’re living in. When this doesn’t match reality, you experience pain.

Cognitive maps, not reality, control behavior.

People with undeveloped mental models make decisions purely off emotion. This is because emotions offer the path of least resistance for decision making.

Decision environments are filtered to us. Dogmas and ideologies offer short-cuts to decisions. They attempt to pigeon-hole reality by emphasizing certain aspects. However, this mass-produced “McDonald’s” of decision-making is hardly the best way to achieve results.

Synthesis is reality because we live in a world of multiple models. Synthesis helps you understand situations. Without synthesis, you’ll be blind-sided.

mental map

(Some Models For Decision Making)

Every new model is a new angle. When your models change, so does their “overlap” (perceived options for action).

There are no solutions without second-order consequences. Always weigh the downside of every action.

Accurate models increase your odds for success.

Self-development isn’t about winning 100% of the time, it’s about increasing your chances. The best focus is medium and long-term. With a strong framework, your decisions become more structured (minimizing risk and assumptions).

Models are gates to action. And better actions lead to better outcomes. Developing effective thinking helps you rule yourself.

Let’s look at the best way to create a quality mental framework.

How To Create And Develop A Framework Of Logic

By assigning things their correct value, you can avoid much suffering, grief, and anxiety.

-Marcus Aurelius

Sculpting your awareness is its own art form. Every “reality tunnel” is a subjective artistic creation.

This is where biases come into play. The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

Mental models do battle with themselves and with others.

Facts have to hang on a framework of theory. The more valuable mental models you have, the more you can look at problems from different angles. This increases the odds you can come to a better solution.

When you know the contextual value of things, you can do anything with them.

The plan is to build systems around important thoughts – cognitive biases, major projects, etc.

  1. Develop skill with consistent routines.
  2. Don’t sacrifice your integrity for money.
  3. Identify the elements of what you’re facing.
  4. Justify your actions in terms of *expected value*.
  5. Find connections between disciplines to compress info.
  6. Be paranoid about certain parts of life (time management).

It’s not about knowing where to look, it’s about grasping the principles responsible for good thinking. An idea is nothing more than a new combination of old elements. The ability to bring old elements into new combinations depends on the ability to see relationships.

How do you see relationships? Through the lens of your mental models of course!

Once the real issues are identified, the solutions are often simple. Always account for your resources (money/material/supplies/inventory). What are your other assets? What liabilities or obligations come into play?

If you want things to be different, you have to act differently. Making better choices through more informed thinking leads to actual changes.

Here’s another example.

Join The Winners With 80/20 Mental Models

You don’t have to memorize a zillion things. Details are simply various combinations of core principles.

-John T. Reed

When developing your mental models, it’s important to keep the 80/20 principle in mind.

What 20% of models will improve 80% of your life?

  • Decision Making
  • Financial Fluency
  • Efficiency (Systems)
  • Development Of Ideas
  • What To Avoid (Biases, etc)
  • Calculating Expected Value
  • Health (Fitness, Diet, Lifestyle)
  • Game (worth over a billion in the bank)
  • Mindset (Philosophy, Purpose, Identity)

Decision-makers have a checklist of criteria to look out for. They have an assortment of high-value actions to choose from. The *overlap* between their mental models evoke these checklists. They’re brought to conscious attention when the situation for a decision arises.

The goal is to destroy your old models and rebuild them into new perspectives.

Mental models show you how to orient in an effective way.

This isn’t a one-time event – It’s a continual process. Any model of reality is incomplete (and possibly inconsistent) and must be continuously adapted to new observations.

Pattern recognition reduces your execution time by embodying it. Prioritize what’s in front of you – everything else is just noise.

Thought must be linked with purpose.

But there’s more.

How To Visualize Your Mental Models

Impress your map upon your memory, so you can bring it at will into conscious representation or recollection.

-W.W. Atkinson

As you know, clarity is an important part of realizing your vision.

(Think of BBC Sherlock’s “mind palace”, illustrated in “The hounds of baskerville“).

It’s important to index all cause-relations and effect-relations of your reality.

The best way to do this is to arrange your mental images by a logical system. (mental filing cabinet). Turning this cabinet into a physical system (via a commonplace or swipe file) frees mental energy.

The “method of loci” also proves effective.

Seeing your models in front of you is a great way to make new connections.

Try it for yourself.

Closing Thoughts

You now have all the tools to create quality mental models.

This gives you a tremendous edge over those who react strictly off emotion. It also gives you access to a higher quality of life than those with weak models.

The goal is to constantly expand your experience. This improves your models as a *system*.

When you perceive wealth and abundance, you act in terms of it. You also avoid landmines that set others back.

Your riches await!

P.S. Read: “The Psychology of Judgement And Decision Making“.