The best things in life – like time and life energy – are free; and as all other free things, normal human being – us – have the tendency to take them for granted. So no wonder why most of us loves wasting time and energy.
Take me for example. I belong to the deadlines tribe. I am barely able to escape through each and every deadlines, because I love to put aside my (cough – boring – cough)important tasks for (more fun) unimportant activities like reading comic books, playing solitaire, online and offline chatting, and all kind of ‘noises’ we are all too familiar with; and left my works undone until (or after) the last minutes.
Sometimes I even wandering around aimlessly not knowing what to do amidst the abundance of works and assignments that I have to do. They’re just soo much that I become blank instead. Sounds familiar?
While the complete cure to the noise addiction lies inside ourselves, there are treatments available. Here’s one alternative you can try.
The Simple Science of Getting What You Want
Simpleology is the title of a book and name of the self development program created by Mark Joyner. For those of you who has been connected to the internet long enough, you might have stumbled with the name before. He’s one of the pioneer in internet marketing.
Anyway, the one that we’re going to talk about here is not the book but the web course.
Either you realize it or not, want it or not, your mind is being manipulated and controlled by others each and every moment of your life. In fact, your mind is being controlled by me at this very moment. Wanted proof? You are still reading the text, aren’t you? That’s the art of mind manupilation – how to manipulate people’s mind.
Even though I tried my best to come up with the best title for this post, it could still be somehow misleading. So, before we go any further, let me set the limit to our discussion. No, we will not talk about voodoo-ish kind of mind manupilation. Maybe more like science-based psychological-ish kind. Not to the hardcore level of brainwashing, but simple tricks people use every day to their peers or even their larger environment – mass mind manipulation.
Another note that I would like to add, you might notice that there are many misspelled words: manupilation. I do this deliberately to go after that commonly misspelled word in search engine. So, I apologize, and please bear with me.
Experiments on Mind Control
You see, the human mind is full of loopholes. There are lots of scientific experiments conducted to proof this. One of them is Solomon Asch experiment in 1957. For those who are curious about the experiment, a quick search will tell you more. But here’s a YouTube video to give you a picture. There are tons more from where it came from.
People who know how to manipulate people’s mind and understand about this, can (and surely will) take advantage of their knowledge. While the unknowns are sitting ducks – ready and able to follow every ‘command’ given to them. From a simple ‘do this’ to the level of ‘kill them’. Some for the ‘good cause’ (or at least that is what the doers believe), some for ‘other causes’.
I have demonstrated one of the mind control tricks clearly from the very beginning. If you are reading this far, then the method works. They say curiosity kills the cat, but this time, it keeps you reading.
Emotion is the easiest pick. Make people (believe they would be) very happy and they would do anything for you. Make them feel guilty and they would do anything for you. You can also use fear – fear of losing or fear of not getting something they want – to achieve the same goal.
Everybody has their own authoritative figures: parents, kings, an ugly boss who always shouts, religious leaders, celebrities, cool guy on the basketball team, society, gods, prophets, Bill Gates. You can use people’s obedience to authoritative figures to make them taking – or not taking – some actions. No matter how absurd it is.
They usually go something like, “Build the pyramid!”, or “Finish this 3 thousand pages report by tomorrow morning, you @#$%^&*!!”, or “Love thy enemy.”. Other variations are “Don’t hang out with them. Those geeks will not have a successful life.”, or “Everybody else uses this bloated – resource-hogging – virus friendly OS, so you should too!”
I’m not a commuter. Not anymore – thank goodness. But my wife is. Every day she spends few hours to go to work and another few to go home. If we do a short calculation, multiplying the hours she spent every day on the road and the number of days she’s been doing that – almost fifteen years, we can reasonably say – as my friend put it – she’s getting old on the road.
Wasted Time, and Money
Curiously, I did the calculation and came up with an amazingly annoying result. So far, the number of hours she spent on the road – only for going back and forth to work – equals to more than two years. If a person spends those amount of time to practice classical guitar, for example, he or she would be a world-class classical guitar player. Another way to see it is this: if my wife’s hourly working rate is only a dollar, she has lost about twenty thousand dollars on the road. And the number keeps on growing every day.
What about people who spent twenty or thirty or more of years of their life commuting?
One of the most popular quotes about time is “Time is Money”. The meaning is simple: time is valuable. You and everybody else in this world have the same share: 24 hours everyday. No more no less. You waste it, you lose it. It won’t come back. Ever.
The funny thing is, there are times when you feel a day last longer, and there are times you feel the other way around. Some people struggle to find more time to be able to finish their works, yet some seems to have too much time that they have to struggle to find things to do to fill their seems to be neverending supply. It seems as if time were stretch-able.
Well, is it stretch-able? Can we get extra time? Can we lose extra time? We’ll let the scientist answer that questions as they are too complicated for us common people. Time is one of the most abstract concepts in human life – along with love, afterlife, alien life form, angels, and the thought that Zune can outsell iPod.
But scientist or not, everybody knows that time flies when you really enjoy what you’re doing, and time crawls when you feel the opposite. So, if you want more time, try to hate everything that you do. :). Kidding!
But if you want to get ‘bonus’ time, say, six more hours everyday, you could try this following self hack.