Magic of Success

Written by: Jonathan
Magicians are in the business of creating experiences that are absolutely mind blowing. No matter how impossible it seems, however, tricks work by making use of natural principles of nature. If you look at people who are massively successful, it can seem like it happened as if by magic. They started a company and *POOF* they're […]
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Cross My Palm With Silver

Written by: Jonathan
Ever gotten great advice, but then didn't listen to it? Have you shared great insights with someone and then they completely ignore you? Why does that happen? It's good to know whether you're a coach, a client, or anyone else looking to make change. We look to the wisdom of the gypsies for answers.
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5 Mental Locks (& How to Pick Them)

Written by: Jonathan
Standard Social Narratives Disney cartoons. Romantic comedies. Books. Family upbringing. They’re all selling you a story about how things should be; I call it the standard social narrative. It’s a collection of assumptions about how you should be, how others should treat you, and so on. It’s baked so deeply into our culture that it’s […]
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Make Better Decisions

Written by: Jonathan
"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." Charles R. Swindoll Whether it's figuring out whether to take the job offer or not, who to date, where to go to school, or what to have for dinner, every day is full of choices. The quality […]
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Backfire Effect

Written by: Jonathan
"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted." —Ralph Waldo Emerson What kind of an election is it when, every time a candidate is caught in an obnoxious lie, he gains votes rather than losing them? — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) October 2, 2016 In an ideal […]
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3 Ways to Make Money

Written by: Jonathan
These are the 3 best no-nonsense ways of making more money. No matter what idea you have for a business, chances are it will fit one of these models. I've used a combination of each of these over the years to great effect, and I look forward to hearing how you use them.
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Remember Anything

Written by: Jonathan
"Hi there! Great to meet you!" I said as I shook her hand. "We met 6 months ago." Ouch. Guess how well the rest of the meeting went? It's incredible what having a poor memory can cost you. The weird thing is, you rarely find out what forgetting something will cost you. In the example […]
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5 Facets to Covert Operating

Written by: Jonathan
Secrets of a Secret Agent If you want to see psychology in action, look no further than spies. They're essentially mind readers in the fact that they can fully get inside the minds of the people around them, and then blend in without a trace. These skills aren't simply useful if you're behind enemy lines; […]
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One Event, Two Outcomes

Written by: Jonathan
In high school & college I was a competitive debater. I wasn't naturally well-spoken and quick on my feet. I think almost entirely in pictures, so it was difficult for me to translate those images into coherent ideas that are easy to understand in words. With that background, I absolutely love watching live debates; especially […]
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How Do You Motivate Employees (& Yourself)?

Written by: Jonathan
Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Rewards Extrinsic rewards are physical objects or tangible benefits bestowed by an outside agency (like winning a trophy or a gold medal). Intrinsic rewards are the feelings & emotions accompanying an activity for its own merit (like the feeling of accomplishment at the top of Mt. Everest). There are thousands of ways employers have […]
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