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The herd and propaganda

I recently received an email from an American (in California) explaining how to protect yourself from Ebola…

I actually laughed out loud!

This is a smart individual and after the laughter and giggling died down, I had to ask myself how can smart people be led to believe such ridiculous things?

I understand that IN AFRICA, this is a major crisis.

I-N A-F-R-I-C-A.

Not in the United States of America, Canada or Australia.

And yet the US media (we all know which network feeds on fear and propaganda…) is proliferating and promoting FEAR like it’s armageddon. Fear is..
F  alse
E  vidence that
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Ebola-Kardashian

As The Exponential Growth Strategist, my “job” is to decipher messages like this and explain WHY it happens.

First, people are fearful and vulnerable as the result of the Global Financial Crisis and the never-ending “War On Terror”.

Second, ignorance plays a big part when there is information asymmetry. The media loves to exploit this for as long as they can. In this instance, the issue is not understanding the vital difference between a disease that is contagious versus infectious.

Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that get into the body and cause adverse health problems. Some infections spread to people from an animal or insect, but are not contagious from another human. Lyme disease is one such example: You can’t catch it from someone you’re hanging out with or pass in the street. It comes from the bite of an infected tick. Another way is when an infectious microbe travels through the air after someone nearby sneezes or coughs.

Contagious diseases on the other hand, are spread from person to person. Contagious diseases (such as the flu, colds, or strep throat) spread from person to person in several ways. One way is through direct physical contact, like touching or kissing a person who has the infection. Sometimes people get contagious diseases by touching or using something an infected person has touched or used — like sharing a straw with someone who has mono or stepping into the shower after someone who has athlete’s foot. And sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread through all types of sex. It is the exchange or contact of body fluids that enable the transmission of the disease.

Ebola is contagious – NOT infectious.

Therefore, you can help protect yourself against contagious diseases (like Ebola) by washing your hands well and often, staying away from those who are sick, making sure you’re up to date on all vaccinations, and always using condoms during any type of sex.

Simply put – unless you directly touch or exchange body fluids with an Ebola sufferer – you’re safe.

In Africa, their issues are cleanliness, control of infected patients and “health standards” for containment. These are not issues in developed countries.

The real reason I am blogging about this is because this is yet another distraction that people don’t need in their lives and/or business.

If you are distracted to the point of “falling for” propaganda like this – you have to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is this behaviour helping or hindering me in my career or business?
  • Am I really scared of Ebola or do I just enjoy the thrill and excitement of it all?
  • Why am I do easily distracted and influenced (gullible)?
  • Why don’t I verify the veracity of the SOURCE of information like this more critically?

At the Exponential Growth Strategist, I assist my clients to cut through all the noise and get to the essence of what’s important versus the media’s self-serving SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

Too many people are distracted by Ebola to see what is looming on the horizon that will have more a much more detrimental effect than Ebola

My clients are ready. Are you?

 

 

 

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What if you could go back in time?

Seriously, play along with me for a few minutes.

What if you could go back in time?

  • Would you approach, talk to or even dare to kiss that special girl or boy that captured your attention?
  • Would you avoid that life-changing decision? Or would you MAKE that decision you originally avoided?
  • Would you take or finish “that” degree that would have made “all” the difference in your career?
  • Would you sell your stocks just before the markets crashed?

These are interesting questions and we know the saying – Hindsight is 20/20.

Exponential Mindset Thinking includes developing 20/20 Foresightcreating your ultimate life, your future destiny.

That being said, there are rare instances when principles can be “taught” in Real Time…

This is one such time.

If you KNEW the real estate and stock markets
were about to crash
, would you prepare accordingly?

Even though I am not a fatalist, pessimist, conspiracy theorist or doomsdayer, I’m with Harry S. Dent on what’s coming, what he calls the Demographic Cliff.

There are countless signs that the global economy is weak and near its breaking point. Even the Australian Economy which is one of the strongest and most robust, is fragile. A recent report shows Australians at record levels of debt, on the verge of credit default

Here’s the thing – most people think it will happen to someone else… But this is going to happen to EVERYONE all at ONCE, indiscriminately – just like the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Dot Com Crash of 2000.

This is a FREE BLOG and in as much as I believe in paying it forward, all I am willing to share (and date stamp) is that this is coming – it’s not a question of IF, but WHEN.

If you want to know WHAT to do to protect yourself, you need to become a client. Contact us, otherwise good luck and let me know how it all works out when this all plays itself out.

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Note for future reference: Please look at the date this was published… which can also be confirmed as published on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

I know, don’t you wish you had (1) read this before it happened? and (2) if you did read it, that you had taken it more seriously?

 

 

 

 

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Flaws and good intentions

I myself am entirely made of flaws stitched together with good intentions.

Flaws And Intent

I had not heard this quote before and I thought the visual was interesting.

I wanted to share it with you to give you something to reflect on. Without wanting to sound judgmental or accusatory, what good intentions are you not acting on that you think or know you should take action on? What flaws do you think you need to reduce or eliminate?

Something we can all benefit from – not trying to be perfect, just better versions of ourselves.

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Don’t Wait For The Applause

There are many times when you do stuff that needs to be done, for all the right reasons and no one is there to applaud you. No one celebrates a non-failure.

That’s why politicians are so reluctant to err on the side or PREVENTION – they would rather deal with a CLEANUP effort than a costly avoidance of a catastrophe.

For example,the Brisbane CBD flood that could have been avoided/substantially reduced with advance minor flooding instead of the disaster it was.

In personal development (and sports mental toughness) it’s a hard concept for MOST people to understand.

MOST people are NOT champions. MOST people are CARIBOU, happy to be in the herd and not have to deal with extreme emotions and THANKLESS efforts.

That’s where maturity and self-knowledge comes in. Doing what’s right and necessary rather than what’s “quick and easy”.

I see it often with parents and their kids. The kid pulls a tantrum and they give in to the “easy” solution.

In one case, a friend gave in to his single daughter’s pleas to sleep in their bed on a REGULAR basis until she was more than 8 years old – all because he didn’t want to deal with ONE WEEK OF WEANING HER OFF THE HABIT (and deal with the nightly tantrums…)

An ounce of perspiration is worth a gallon of blood.

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Live below your means, above your needs

That is a saying I overheard recently that is so powerful it’s all I really have to say.

Think about what your means are and if you’re living at, below or above them.

Then think about your needs – what are they really? Are they reasonable? Excessive? Low? High?

I teach a concept called Voluntary Simplexity… This is one of the foundational principles.

“Live below your means, above your needs.”

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You get what you focus on…

Earlier this year, I spent 2 full days with squash legend, former World #1 and current world #8 David Palmer… What I learned from him has added 1-2 points to my squash game ALREADY.

We ALL need coaches, advisors, mentors, but most people focus on LACK rather than opportunity and ABUNDANCE.

The ABUNDANCE they want.

The ABUNDANCE they can create.

The ABUNDANCE that is within reach.

The ABUNDANCE that is right there, but out of sight because the focus is on something else.

The ABUNDANCE that is literally UNLIMITED and BOUNDLESS.

The ABUNDANCE that turns work into play and a life into a lifestyle.

The ABUNDANCE that is ultimate freedom and independence.

The ABUNDANCE that is the foundation of peace and serenity.

The ABUNDANCE they will never have – UNLESS they shift their focus and mindset.

You get what you focus on… So choose your target carefully!

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Progress Is Relative

Every once in a while I get an e-mail from a client that is so powerful that I have to share it with you. This one’s anonymous for obvious reasons. It puts things in perspective because UNLESS YOU take note of your own progress, you might not realise HOW MUCH YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING…

This e-mail response is only slightly edited: Continue reading ‘Progress Is Relative’

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Then and Now

Below is a quick chart that a lot of people can relate to. I call it the Then and Now Chart. It’s not meant to be a value judgment, just a realisation some people have about some of the disappointments they have.

Someone very wise drew this for me in my early twenties (and I can’t for the life of me remember who it was…). I’ve quite a few really good mentors and I didn’t note who said what – I just committed WHAT they ALL said to memory…

Dr Marc Dussault  - Then And Now

Dr Marc Dussault - Then And Now

But here’s the thing…

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Make $500,000 in one weekend impossible?

This weekend, I’ve been on e-mail with a friend who’s struggling to have a breakthrough at work and I told him this story which I just had to share with you. It’s how I made $500,000 in one weekend back in 1988. it was Victoria Weekend, May 21, 22 and 23.

I started my first company in February of that year. I was so successful that we were operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I had to do something. I decided to automate the digital printing process for CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) files.

I worked 44 hours over 3 days. Literally only stopping to sleep and eat.

44 hours over 3 days. That’s +/- 15 hours a day over a 3-day long weekend.

My friends at the time spent the LONG WEEKEND going out, partying, sleeping in, going to dinner with family, cleaning out the garage, washing their cars, shopping, etc.

I invested in myself and my company. It didn’t kill me (since I am alive to tell the story).

The moral of the story is that I invested 44 hours that weekend and over the next 3 years I sold my ‘SuperCad System’ to over 50 companies across North America that generated more than $500,000 in sales from that ONE WEEKEND OF EFFORT.

7 years after-the-fact I reviewed the SOURCE CODE files and 90% of the files had NEVER BEEN UPDATED = that’s how good the programming was THAT WEEKEND.

What does this mean to you and my friend who is struggling to get a breakthrough?

Continue reading ‘Make $500,000 in one weekend impossible?’

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Juggling and Time Management

I was talking to someone recently who was overwhelmed with too many things on his plate and I told him something that I thought was worth repeating here…

Juggling 10 Balls and dropping 6 is not the same as juggling 4 balls

Juggling 10 Balls and dropping 6 is not the same as juggling 4 balls

Juggling 10 balls and dropping 6 is not like juggling 4 balls.

First of all it’s a lot harder and you don’t look very good dropping the 6 balls even though most people can’t even juggle 3 balls. That’s the point – PUT THE BALLS DOWN AND JUGGLE THE ONES you can handle THEN and ONLY THEN do you toss another ball in the air.

Successful people juggle a lot of balls and the less successful think it’s the way to go – doing MULTIPLE things at a time.

It’s not. It’s a recipe for disaster and makes you look foolish.

Stop it! Re-gain your compose, reduce your stress and improve your results.

That’s it for today – short and sweet.

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