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Are You Intellectually Lazy?

Take this simple test that you can do quickly in your mind and you will see if you are intellectually lazy.

Do not try to solve it but listen to your intuition: A bat and ball cost $ 1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

A number came to your mind. The number, of course, is 10: 10 ¢. The distinctive mark of this easy puzzle is that it evokes an answer that is intuitive, appealing, and wrong. Do the math, and you will see. If the ball costs 10 ¢, then the total cost will be $ 1.20 (10 ¢ for the ball and $ 1.10 for the bat), not $ 1.10. The correct answer is 5 ¢.

Now let’s look at a logical argument— two premises and a conclusion. Try to determine, as quickly as you can, if the argument is logically valid. Does the conclusion follow from the premises?

All roses are flowers. Some flowers fade quickly. Therefore some roses fade quickly.

This argument is flawed, because it is possible that there are no roses among the flowers that fade quickly. Just as in the bat-and-ball problem, a plausible answer comes to mind immediately. Overriding it requires hard work— the insistent idea that “it’s true, it’s true!” makes it difficult to check the logic, and most people do not take the trouble to think through the problem.

Now lets look at the illistration below and quickly identify which horizontal line is longer.

More than likely you selected line (a) the fact is they are both the same length.

Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.

Failing these minitests appears to be, at least to some extent, a matter of insufficient motivation, not trying hard enough. Our excessive confidence in what we believe we know, and our apparent inability to acknowledge the full extent of our ignorance and the uncertainty of the world we live in. We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events.

Those who avoid the sin of intellectual sloth could be called “engaged.” They are more alert, more intellectually active, less willing to be satisfied with superficially attractive answers, more skeptical about their intuitions. The psychologist Keith Stanovich would call them more rational.

Conflict between an automatic reaction and an intention to control it is common in our lives.

The reason for this is because our brain operates on two levels

The distinction between fast and slow thinking has been explored by many psychologists over the last twenty-five years. Psychologist refer to this as System 1 and System 2, which respectively produce fast and slow thinking.

System 1 (fast thinking) is more influential than your experience tells you, and it is the secret author of many of the choices and judgments you make. It also operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control.

System 2 (slow thinking) allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it, including complex computations. The operations of System 2 are often associated with the subjective experience of agency, choice, and concentration. System 2 takes over, overruling the freewheeling impulses and associations of System 1.

An important note here is, if you are intellectually lazy you are more susceptible to marketing and sales tricks that play on the fact that 80% of folks are susceptible.

There are two takeaways from this as I see it. One being the obvious “think through your next purchase before you buy” and the other is the less obvious “if you’re a internet marketer and can put together a sales funnel that only engages the the fast thinking part of one’s mind you stand to create a powerful tool that can become irresistible to the majority.

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Cyber Snafu’s

In the world of internet marketing where it seems TABOO to say it takes a long time or it can be hard, you just have to love those snafu’s and challenges that just happen, as you try become a successful internet marketer…

For example just yesterday I was working on Pinterest and planned on setting up a new board (which is one of the things you do in Pinterest).
So I set my board up and proceeded to try and upload pictures for a pin post (which is another one of those things you do on Pinterest). For some reason I got this crazy idea to try which is an easier way to upload photos to Pinterest (so I was told). So I began to download the Picas site and while it was downloading, a window Popped up and said the path to the Sonic CinePlayer Decoder Pack could not be found (I’m thinkin “what the fu*K is a decoder pack). It was deleted (probably by me). So in a frantic fury I quickly looked the problem up in google. The fix was another download and $14.95. I need to note that I have two monitors so I can keep an eye on one program while I work on another. Well, while I was reading the” how to download the fix” the Picas sight apparently decided it would upload all of the Pictures and jpegs that were in my computer and for a minute I thought, well I just saved $14 bucks until I realized that it was uploading jpegs that were created by my accounting software such as spread sheets, balance sheets, invoices, job costs and then proceeded to my architectural sections, layouts, designs, specifications, symbols and samples ( 21 years of files ) as well as my 200 pictures (which is all I really wanted to upload) with a grand total of over 843,000 pics and jpegs. Needless to say I closed the program after a 2 hour stint and a powerful lesson from Picasa.
After a good night’s sleep and some metal preparation I began to work on my Word-Press sight AKA blog. I was following a step by step video until the gentleman on the video said “just click on the link tab”, and to my surprise there was no link tab in my WordPress. I had no idea where to get a link tab and it’s not like you can just go and buy one. Well after about an hour of trying to figure that problem out I wrote the guy in the video for help (still waiting). iStock_000014219021XSmall

I then moved on-to setting up my “Sign up to my blog form” which is connected cyberly to an auto responder so I can work on building my list. I was following the step by step instructions once again and even though I was using a different auto-responder I was able to figure it out, or so I thought. I discovered though testing that apparently for some unknown reason it will not acknowledge my personal email. This problem mystifies the powers-to-be at the auto-responder site because it works on every other email we tried except my personal email. Can I say another two hours wasted…

I won’t go into the mirage of setbacks, glitches operator error’s that have pop up throughout my internet journey like some sick and twisted video game, but I will say I am really looking forward to the day when I can look back and say “Geeze that wasn’t so hard”

If you have experienced setbacks in your internet journey I would love to hear about them, so feel free to comment. Otherwise Follow me on my journey as I become a master of internet marketing by signing up to my blog (take notice to my handy work “the social buttons”) and social sites.
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We tend to procrastinate most when we are faced with a challenge that we are not familiar with or simply just don’t like. I like to think of this as getting out of our comfort zone. When we do something we are not familiar with we begin to learn which is kind of funny because when we do things in our comfort zone we are just repeating something we already know. You would think it would be the other way around. Maybe it’s because we think we know all there really is to know, therefore we just put it off or convince ourselves it can just wait.

When you think about it, nothing good really ever comes from your comfort zone. However when you step out of your comfort zone new things begin to happen, you have more insight, new signals are being sent, opportunities begin to surface and you begin altering the U in YOU.

Just think for a moment about the last time something good came from lying on the couch watching TV, or just going through the motions of life (wake up, commute, work, commute, eat, watch tv, sleep and repeat). Now think about one time in your life you did something out of your comfort zone and the benefits you received.

When I was 19 I began traveling with two of my friends. We spent two months traveling together and then one of my friends went back to his family and we parted ways and my other friend ended up meeting the love of his life and ended up getting married while we were in New Mexico. This seems funny now because the whole reason we were traveling was to land a job in the Uranium mines in NM and make our fortune so we could meet of with other friends that had traveled to Greece. As the wedding date approached I began examining my options, all of which were stepping out of my comfort zone. One night as I perused the magazine of my liking at the time “Penthouse” I stumbled on this article about hitch-hiking. The article inspired me to continue my adventure by myself and so after the wedding I set out and completed my 6 month adventure hitch hiking across the country.

The most memorable experience was being all alone so I would seek out entertainment and meeting new people. Sometimes I would go to bars and because I was so board I would end up being the first one there. I would usually sit in the corner and when someone would come in that looked like someone I needed to know (female) I would think of something interesting to say, walk over as any cool 19 year old would do and then roll out my shtick that would go something like this: Hey how you doing my name is Gary (some would actually have to turn around in there chair) what is your name? Are you from here? and maybe throw in the real closer: you come here often? That would usually get me a single word response and then they would usually turn back around and carry on with their conversation while I was still standing there. So I would just walk back to my corner with my head hung down and tail between my legs, then I would think of something else to say, get back up, walk over and drop my new shtick. I remember how painful and embarrassing that was because let’s face it at 19 I was not the most articulate person in the world.

The good that has come from this, is to this day I am so comfortable with meeting new people and striking up conversation that it boggles the minds of some of my closest of friends. This has become a real asset in sales and continues to provide me with benefits that I will never loose.

Now I’m not saying go hitch-hiking, however I am saying step out of your comfort zone and break some barriers, set the bar and I can promise you’ll reach personal highs. Just sayin!

Success Starts With A Definite Purpose

Like many of us we are determined to be successful, we believe whole heartedly in the value of what we have to offer and are focused on maximizing our income for our efforts. In other words playing the cash game.

Few of us realize the desire for more money is really about more value in living, more freedom to do what we enjoy doing and possibly leaving some tracks in the sand without binding the majority of our time to income production.

We all want to stop waking to work, rest, eat, sleep, and repeat. We hate that our time is monopolized by a paper chase which seams to go out quicker, than it comes in. We end up working to live instead of living to work!

As I spend more time studying and analyzing universal law, I have realized that it was actually possible for us to make lots of money doing exactly what we enjoy in life. I understand that this seems counterintuitive for most people, but it’s true. <strong>You really can do what you want to do and make money.</strong>

We are taught to go to school, study, get good grades, get a “good” job, work hard, save our money and enjoy our years of retirement. Well, what happens if the game changes and you can’t retire when you planned to? What happens if you never reach retirement age?

What happens if you lose that “good” job? What happens if you’re not good at studying, or you have to get a crummy job instead of going to school because bills have to be paid? Any one of these things, and sometimes all of these things can happen, even to people with the best of intentions.

So what then? Are you never to enjoy your life? Maybe, some people never do. But, what I found is that the solution is quite simple.

The solution is to pursue your definite purpose.

Right now, answer this one question.  <strong>If, right now, you already had all the money you would ever need to do absolutely anything you desired to do, and right now, you had already done absolutely everything you have ever imagined yourself doing, what would you be willing to do with the rest of your life, to give your life meaning, on your terms, when you felt like doing it? </strong>

Answer that one question honestly, and you my friend will have determined what is called a “definite purpose.” Your definite purpose is that thing that you could pursue all day everyday, if necessary, and yet it never feels like work, you never think of it as a job. Your definite purpose is that thing you could pursue because you truly enjoy it. It brings meaning and value to your experience of living. It’s what you can pursue with passion and joy and a smile on your face. It’s something that you could talk about anytime, with anyone willing to talk about it.

<strong>That, my friend, is what you should be pursuing right now! </strong>

To achieve a definite purpose you must visualize what it will look like. You must place yourself into the image in your mind and feel what achieving your definite purpose will feel like. You must see yourself doing what you will do when you achieve it. You must resolve to keep your faith strong and return your focus to success whenever it wanders.

But, most importantly, <strong>you must take action</strong>. This step is crucial, not because your plan is what will bring success, but because you must be doing things that support your desire and faith in order for your desire and faith to be embedded in your subconscious mind (where transmission to the universe occurs), and you must be taking actions through which the universe can access delivery.

<strong>Just keep in mind that all words, thoughts actions, and emotions are subject to the laws of the universe.</strong> Now, some are going to read these words and say, “Sure, think positive and work my plan . . . I don’t need universal law to do that. And if that were all anyone ever needed, then we all would have what we desire.” If this is what you are thinking, you are missing the point.

People with absolutely no knowledge of universal law attain what they want all the time. This is very true. What is also true, however, is that universal law is at work whether you know it or not. So, people with no knowledge, even people with knowledge and no belief, can still have a definite purpose and utilize the principles of universal law completely unaware that they are doing so.

How often have you looked at successful people and determined that they are not smarter than you, they are not more talented than you, they did not start from a more beneficial position than you, and decided that they must simply be “luckier” than you?

Well, I’ve got news for you, they are not luckier than you either! Whether they knew it or not, they applied the laws of the universe to attain their success. Without conscious alignment with universal law it may take some longer than others, with conscious alignment with universal law it will be quicker, but each of us can have what we desire when we comply with universal law.

Knowing how to work within these laws simply makes things happen quicker, with less effort and more consistency. <strong>The more skill you have in operating within this system, the faster and easier you can make things happen. It is that simple!</strong>

When we have what some call a “burning desire”, that is (at least for that moment) a definite purpose. We think about it all the time, even when we don’t want to. We are reminded of it everywhere we go, and everywhere we look. We dream about it, and act in ways that support it’s coming. We get excited by the potential of having it, and we anticipate its arrival. That is a definite purpose.

That is when our subconscious mind has taken over and is broadcasting to the universe our intent to have this experience. That is when the universe is responding by rearranging potential everywhere to make way for delivery of this experience. That is the power of a definite purpose!

But, when delivery takes just long enough for us to stop anticipating; just long enough for us to doubt delivery, the momentum stops! The universe finds use for that energy somewhere else where anticipation is greater. The infinite intelligence of the universe does not judge us for our impatience. It simply responds to our decreased attraction for that experience and continues to go about delivery where attraction remains high. It is doing its job to perfection. If we stop wanting it, we don’t get it, it’s just that simple.

Right now, as you are reading this, the universe is making way for my goal attainment.

I have already seen how the changes I have made have brought me what I desired. I defined a definite purpose in several areas of my life and have been amazed by my results. My focus in life has changed. My state of mind has changed. My relationships with others have changed. My level of consciousness has changed. I am promoting the unfailing consistency of universal law, and I do so for good reason.

<strong>Pursue your purpose. The income will come! </strong>

Check out Oprah on Larry King Live discussing universal law (specifically the Law of Attraction aka “<a href=”;v=i0wYxh-akZs”>The Secret”.)</a> <strong>SO, WHY ARE YOU HERE?</strong> You are here because you’re being assisted by infinite intelligence. You’ve been looking for strategies related to your finances, your career, your emotional or physical wellbeing, your family, your social status, or perhaps all of these.

You want to have more money, more freedom, and more joy. You want to be more confident. You want to feel better about yourself and what you contribute to others. You’re here because you are curious about how you can work with a higher power to have a more meaningful and enjoyable life. <strong>You’ve been thinking about making some changes in your life and you’ve been searching for the courage to get started.</strong> In short, you want to clarify your definite purpose.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the law of attraction. Perhaps you have even used it with success. Or, like so many others, perhaps you have had difficulty achieving success with it. Perhaps, you have never heard of it. Either way, <strong>IT IS NOT BY CHANCE THAT YOU FOUND THIS SITE!</strong>

Infinite intelligence is simply delivering to you an opportunity to gain what you seek. You must decide for yourself if you will accept it.

Once you have defined your definite purpose you may be seeking a platform that will enable you to achieve your goals. Therefore if you are looking for a way to create a better way of life that will provide you with opportunities with unimaginable success the <a href=””>CLICK HERE</a>