Dude was 16 years old when he received the title of International Chess Master. He is also a Tai Chi world champion and the inspiration for the book “Chasing Bobby Fischer.” More than anything else though, Josh is a bold bold reality-hacker. Take, for example, his claim that he translates the essence of chess into the language of Tai Chi.
Your unconscious mind is basically an app that extracts and bottles large chunks of memory and intuition instantly. It gives them three vigorous shakes. Then, much like Toaster Streudel™, it pops out a fresh, hot, answer to your question.
The most exciting thing about former chess prodigies like Josh is the thought that their superpowers could somehow be obtainable. Science can explain genius. One way it arises is through a condition called synesthesia.
what is synesthesia?
This is when your senses get jumbled together and you “smell” a color or “taste” a sound. It happens with brains that have above average neural connections.
This dramatic trait that is more common than you might imagine. Billie Eilish has it.
Waitzkin and Stevie Wonder might seem like geniuses to us, but their genius is actually explainable by modern science.
Waitzkin says he doesn’t even like the word prodigy! He claims we can all harness incredible superpowers if we just learn to learn. The internet has proven Waitzkin right. People like Wim Hof are prime examples of real-life superheroes. The internet has created obsessive self-improvers like myself, and it has enabled us to hunt down the blueprints to eye-popping things like memory palaces and synesthesia.
Memory palaces are also worth a quick Google search, by the way.
Conclusion: 3 real life human superpowers
In conclusion, you and everybody around you has access to superpowers if you wish. A few of them include:
Wolf Endurance (super stamina): Human beings have developed to be able to run without stopping for thousands, yes thousands, of miles.
Spider Senses (synesthesia): Sense things in a useful way that nobody else is capable of
Eel Immunity (cold tolerance): The Wim Hof method is a way for you to gain true superpowers. Using breathing techniques and the power of the mind, Wim was able to climb Mt. Everest in shirtless and in shorts.
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Find the Most Satisfying Future Proof Jobs With Good.co
College grads across the world are on edge about the future they face. I’ve even heard rumors of AI lawyers terminating the profession of attorney.
If you are looking for the most future proof jobs out there, a good place to start might be “human resources companies” like Good.co. This platform is a hub of relevant information and networking capability for job seekers.
platforms are like factories for services.
Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable
Ford’s assembly line changed the world in the early 20th century. This revolution produced millions of jobs. Today, we live in a world populated with both different sorts of factories and different kinds of jobs.
To figure out where you fit into this brave new world of ours, asking yourself what your priorities are should be the first thing you do. According to Good.co, a platform that makes job-seeking funner and more visual, these priorities usually come in three flavors.
What makes Good.co better than Linkedin or whatever?
Being happy at work is all about matching your psychology to a routine that fulfills your emotional needs. Different company cultures express this in different ways.
This toughest of all business responsibilities is the domain of the human resources department. Human resources all about psychology!
High-quality applied psychology
It is the quality of the psychology in their value proposition that makes Good.co such an interesting platform to play with.
High-quality psychology makes Good.co an interesting platform to play with.
Good.co’s UX actually feels like playing a game because it is so clean, dynamic, and colorful. As a fan of good design as well as practical psychology, this website stands out from other professional development companies to me.
This awesome career connections company produces archetypes that describe both individuals and companies as well as fun quizzes that let you find where you fit best.
Their miraculous blog
This website offers EXTENSIVE resources for job seekers. It doesn’t stop at just direct job profiles and applications. Their blog, created by (profession professionals?) has an insightful tip for everyone—data analyst to graphic designer.
They seem to have close ties with a website that specializes in startups called Angel List. This startup forum, whether owned by them or simply associated, provides a great email newsletter for anybody seeking startups to apply to.
Is Google Still Competitive With Microsoft, Yahoo And Facebook In The War For Talent?
Google has built a reputation as a supportive and innovative pioneer, but the New York Times wrote an article about how they could be overtaken in public perception by potential talent by companies such as Amazon and Facebook.
This article describes pre-2014 Google’s company culture as “Commando” style and new Google as “Collaborative Intergalactic Explorer” style.
Take These 7 Career and Lifestyle Risks in Your 20s and 30s
The gist of this article is that you are only 25 once. This is the best possible time for most people to move for work and learn new skills. It’s honestly kind of a fluffy article, but inspiring and more informative than you might think just because Good.co has a great writing team
6 Reasons Why You Should Discover Your Personality Type
This article is made a lot stronger by the fact that Good.co hires psychologists to devise practical employee and company archetypes. This isn’t the point of this article however. The point of this article are actually more traditional personality tests such as the Meyers Briggs. Learning about your personality and striving for personal development can take you deep into the all-important search for meaning and motivation that matters much much more than money
Does the flurry of technology thrown in your face every day feel like an assault on society? If it does, you are not alone. In a way, that is exactly what it is.
Imagine you lived in 1903. You are looking for the most future proof jobs during the second industrial revolution, and you are having little luck. All of the rules are being rewritten by Mr. Henry Ford and his conveyor belt.
The setting for your “future proof” career would have probably been a dense factory. The set of qualities demanded of you might have been mechanical pragmatism, assembly line speed, and a close tie to the community. Today’s future proof jobs require a different employee. Kevin Kelly, the founder of Techcrunch magazine and author of The Inevitable, Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future, has a theory about how these new jobs might look.
He says that the nature of our industrial revolution can be found in cheap, ubiquitous copying.
In the spirit of cheap and ubiquitous copies, why don’t you hit that share button and show your friends and family how we do things in the 21st century.
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“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth … Love is as love does. Love is an act of will. Love is a choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.” – from The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson
Dwight Schrute’s real name is Rainn Wilson. I found out about Schrute’s brainy alter ego after stumbling upon Rainn’s talk at Google.
Rainn calls himself a “multi-nerd” — that’s the genre of nerd who participates in computer club as well as model U.N. and band. He is a believer in ghosts, God, and having fun.
Hearing the talk, I got the impression that Rainn’s parents were almost certainly West Coast hippies. Then I read his book, The Bassoon King …
Who is Rainn Wilson?
Rainn is the son of two OG West Coast hippies who came within one parallel universe of naming him Lord Byron Wilson. So … yeah.
He made his film debut in Galaxy Quest (1999). In 2005, he was cast as Dwight Schrute in The Office, a role he played (sublimely) until the series finale in 2013.
His friend and real-life Jim, Will Eno, calls his first book, Soul Pancake, a very gentle game of truth-or-dare.
Soul Pancake came out in 2010 as a kind of companion to Rainn’s internet brand. The accompanying YouTube channel has more than 1 million subscribers and seeks to make philosophy and spirituality less … well, boring.
An Eccentric Fellow
Like Dwight, Rainn is an eccentric fellow with a love for the outdoors. Rainn had a wild childhood. He lived in Nicaragua from the ages of 1-5. During this time, he had a pet sloth and got a traumatizing case of tapeworm.
Today, he and his wife own three pitbulls, two potbelly pigs, and a zonkey named Derek.
Rainn’s earliest years were spent speaking Spanish in a Nicaraguan port town called Bluefields. Yep. His eccentric characters are based on his real life eccentricity.
The music at Bluefields was a Caribbean mash up. Rainn writes about “reggae and dancehall from Jamaica; Calypso and soca from Trinidad; son and salsa from Cuba; and even country and western, which was brought by the American employees of the United Fruit Company.”
Also, don’t freak out, but Rainn’s philosophy sounds like a cult. He and his family subscribe to a smallish religion that started in 1844 called the Bahá’í Faith.
A Spiritual Fellow
Don’t make fun of him! I’m sure being born into a non-major faith has caused him enough trouble, lol.
Anyway, the Baha’i faith sounds like a gentle and tolerant canon. Rainn is one step ahead of those of us who have grown up asking ourselves what is my philosophy of life? The Baha’i call Love the defining power in the universe and don’t go door-to-door unless completely shorted out on toilet paper.
Some of the big answers offered by Baha’i thinking include:
We are not alone in the universe.
You can be friends with Others.
Good means living according to Love.
God exists, and he is chill about the name you call him.
How did Dwight Schrute Help Me Figure Out What is My Philosophy of Life?
With his public-facing spirituality, Rainn’s nonchalant championship of faith makes it a little easier for non-atheist, non-Christian, non-Jewish folks like myself to “come out of the closet” as spiritual people.
That is particularly important for us Gen Zs, since we have little precedent for spirituality in our generation. It’s good to see somebody smart and relatable talk about spirituality on YouTube without sounding like he is pushing some ancient, outdated agenda.
Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one ▶
I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use.
I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.
My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Poetry From The Future with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets.
Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.
My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.
The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about.
My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit.
The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch
My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.
Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.
To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.
My word pins say ‘Start Today’ in bronze and ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure. I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor.
The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.
YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t. No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)
I don’t like calling my line of accessories, ‘accessories’. I’m only using the word to introduce an accurate idea into your head so we both know what we’re talking about.
Conclusion (and free virtual tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)
I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My youtube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time. The people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my youtube channel, Poetry from The Future.
Poetry from The Future itself is about life hacking and adventure.
Written by Verse Lozano
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Vaughn Bell once called dopamine the Kim Kardashian of molecules. It’s popular, sexy (?), and it just pops up where you least expect it.
Dopamine is often called the pleasure molecule, but that is the wrong way to understand America’s favorite neurotransmitter. In fact, dopamine is more like the desire molecule. You could even call it the motivation molecule.
This article is about a misunderstood molecule that secretly determines almost everything you do. Read on to find out more about:
What Dopamine is Used For
How to Have More Motivation
What Jordan Peterson Says About the Relationship Between Responsibility and Meaning
Oxytocin, not Dopamine, is the most aptly called “pleasure molecule”
What is Dopamine Used For
In 2009, scientists published a study that showed an extreme difference in motivation between rats with and without dopamine.
The conclusion of the experiment is that the dopamine-ful rats would develop cravings so strong that they would keep pressing the lever that signaled food until they literally dropped from exhaustion. Meanwhile, the dopamine-less rats would not get out of their little rat bed even for food or water.
The rats that had dopamine blocked were still capable of feeling pleasure if food was put in their mouths, they just lacked all will to live.
How does this apply to me? It applies to you, friend, because you live in the most dopamine-drenched time in human history.
Social media, junk food, and masturbation are all dopamine-intensive activities.
This is a problem because our bodies quickly develop a tolerance for dopamine, like with alcohol. Our body’s homeostasis automatically defends us from over-motivating. The problem is that this doesn’t stop at junk food.
If your dopamine pathways are overstimulated for too long, your motivation plane is destined to plummet and crash land in depression valley.
So what causes your brain to produce dopamine? The simple answer is anything where you anticipate a reward.
How to Summon Motivation
Meaning automatically leads to motivation
Have you noticed how there are weirdos out there who don’t seem to dread going to the gym? Some people have so much motivation that they somehow don’t mind coming home from their 9-5 to stay up until the wee hours working on their side-projects.
Highly productive people have made friends with their dopamine glands. Sometimes, without even knowing what dopamine is or what it’s used for.
One surefire way you can infuse your life with chemical motivation is by discovering what brings you meaning. Meaning is a sustainable source of the reward feeling that is triggered by dopamine.
For many people meaning is the pursuit and/or maintenance of artistic ability, love, responsibility, or family. Let me know in the comments what other things I haven’t thought of that can bring us meaning.
How to Get Respect and Motivation at the Same Time
Jordan Peterson likes to talk about the relationship between responsibility and meaning. If you begin to accept responsibility over things in your life, you will generate meaning and therefore, align your dopamine homeostasis with things you actually care about and are good for you.
Meaning aligns your dopamine levels with healthy activities
If you embrace responsibility over something, this relationship becomes a tool you can use to boost yourself into a meaning-rich lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your responsibility is over a child, a dog, or a manager position at the Barbie doll factory.
Before we talk about positives such as respect and meaning though, let’s just try to imagine the life of a very frustrated person who suffers without meaning and enjoys very little respect in his/her life for some one reason or another. The reasons don’t matter. What matters is that this person would obviously be better adjusted with respect and esteem. Likely, the person knows this.
Philosophy without an application is pointless. So we have included two ways you can actually re-structure your dopamine balance.
These tips will help your body begin to crave productivity.
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This particular agenda is better than others because it leverages positive psychology to propel you toward your long-term goals. It comes with a generous amount of blank pages in the back that let you express yourself creatively, loosely, and spontaneously; it includes a vision board and mind map in the front that keep you aimed toward your goal; and it includes random appearances of an elephant icon throughout the regular entry pages—when you see this icon, you are supposed to go back to the mind map and vision board in the beginning and reflect on your progress.
Learn What is Meaningful to You:
Meaning aligns your dopamine levels with healthy activities. Psychologists talk about the relationship between responsibility and meaning.
If you begin to accept responsibility over things in your life, you will generate meaning.
If you embrace responsibility over something, this relationship becomes a tool you can use to boost yourself into a meaning-rich lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if your responsibility is over a child, a dog, a company, or a job as a busboy.
Jordan Peterson’s Advice
Peterson uses the relationship between responsibility and meaning as a recurring theme in his bestselling book Twelve Rules for Life. He believes it is a valuable relationship to explore because it is so dang underrated.
Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
Make friends with people who want the best for you
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
Be precise in your speech
Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
Dopamine is a misunderstood molecule. Its use is not pleasure, but chemical motivation. Learning to recognize when your brain is launching a dopamine campaign on your affect can be a useful tool in your personal development arsenal.
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By accepting that the puppeteer is a person too and then using the word “gaslighting” very liberally in his day-to-day.
Does somebody else control how you feel and act? Around this person, you are not yourself. You feel mentally weak compared to this person and you wind up doing what they want more often than not. Do you know what it feels like to be hopelessly manipulated?
This is an article that seeks to capture and describe a vision of manipulation and control called The Puppeteer Archetype.
Sharie Stines, a California-based therapist, says that a manipulative person might twist what you say and make it about them, hijack the conversation or make you feel like you’ve done something wrong when you’re not quite sure you have.
Please, reader, just read the disclaimers before making any judgements about the person who manipulates you.
Puppeteers are people. People are complex. There is more to a person who embodies the Puppeteer than just that one archetype. In other words, they can evolve.
The Puppeteer archetype is just one of many. Not only do many manipulative individuals fall outside of the vision that this article will try to illustrate for you, but those who reside within this vision do not often do so permanently. In other words, take this article with a grain of salt. It will not apply perfectly.
The Puppeteer archetype seems like a natural manifestation of the nature of some people. Historically, puppeteers are born from self-defense and a form of entertaining themselves. In other words, manipulation is nothing but a game they are good at and you are not.
You Need to Know How to Get Respect
After all, most puppets are deader than a doorknob. Unfortunately, this applies to you too if you are a person who is being manipulated. You have to prove that you are alive.
This is a question of limitations, control, and probably most importantly, it is a question of respect. You have to respect yourself before anybody else will respect you. So how do you do that?
It’s exactly what it sound like. Micro rejections are a habit. They are a common habit. In a relationship, they can lead to abysmal feedback loops that leave love shredded.
Visually, micro-rejections are often talked about in psychology as a tech replacing human interaction phenomenon. Visualize the girlfriend who automatically checks her phone while you are talking with her. It can also be any kind of automatic shutdown that is not thought through.
These are easy to brush off individually, but if you are have a problematic relationship with somebody who doesn’t respect you, you need to be aware that these micro-rejections exist and they DO mean something.
2. Why is Telling the Truth Important
The truth is a powerful Spartan shield that you can do all kinds of cool moves with.
For starters, it keeps you and your values straight. If you are truthful with yourself and others, you will always be able to defend a past position. Admit it to yourself when you’re wrong!
If you are truthful with others, but not with yourself, you have built yourself an unwieldy lead shield that will do nothing but drag you into the mud. If you have a manipulative person in your life and you need him/her to respect you, you will need to be nimble and solid.
Telling the truth brings you
Peace of mind
Growth for you and those around you
3. Don’t Take it Personally
Oh yeah. You need to get over yourself too. Manipulative people suck, yes, but I’m sure you have problems and peccadilloes too.
Mickey Singer, author of The Untethered Mind, puts a great deal of faith in the value of not being offended. If you expand this idea, you can apply it so sooo many things.
Things we are daily offended by:
It’s easy to forget that a whole multiverse exists out there and our problems are a 0.000000001% of it.
4. Learn and Use the Term “Gaslighting”
Words matter guys. This particular word means: “when somebody else tries to make you out to be somebody whose thoughts have no value because you are crazy.”
It’s a very common strategy among the puppeteers of the world. You have to be careful not to use the word so so often that it loses its potency, but it will serve you well as the basis for your honest, unoffended confrontations about how he/she is micro-rejecting you and playing silly games with your heart.
Honestly, guys, respect is a very easy thing to get if you are brave and honest with yourself. You need a word-tool or two to leverage your ballsiness, sure, but why not give “gaslighting” a try? You might just reverse the puppeteer-puppet dynamic you have going on in your life.
Who are you, puppet, or puppeteer? Personally I’m actually more of a puppeteer 🤷♂️