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Antimimeticisomorphism: One Media Player Per Teacher

Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada sent me the video below.

It’s such a good example of antimimeticisomorphism that I had to share it with you.

For me, what I found astonishing is how I never would have thought it would be valuable to have such a limited ‘tool’ – until I realised the immense power of its simplicity and the huge reach such simplicity gives it – making it totally exponential!

For more information, go to http://www.nokero.com/blog/ or http://www.ompt.org/

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Think you’re smart? Take this test…

Creativity testThink you can think out of the box, laterally, creatively? Hmm… Let’s test you!

Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’ debt if he could marry the merchant’s daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. The cunning money lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine you were standing in the merchant’s garden. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her? Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

  1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
  2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.
  3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking. The girl’s dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking.

Think of the consequences if she chooses the logical answers.

What would you recommend the girl do?

Continue reading ‘Think you’re smart? Take this test…’

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Antimimeticisomorphism: Creative Illustration

If you haven’t seen this before, the next 60 seconds will have you mesmerised. You’ll be thinking “who thinks of this stuff?’

That’s what I do for you as an Exponential Growth Strategist. I expose you to interesting, out-of-the-ordinary things that trigger your Reticular Activation System to seek alternative solutions to whatever problems or challenges you may face. Helping you tap into your creative and innovative genius that is there within you, just waiting to get out and play!

Click here for >>> an amazing illustration demonstration <<<

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A Space Elevator?

Now, 30 years after “2001″ author Arthur C. Clarke wrote about an elevator that rises into outer space, serious research is happening all over the world in an effort to make the far-fetched-sounding idea a reality.

The benefits of a fully realized elevator would make carrying people and goods into space cheaper, easier and safer than with rocket launches, proponents say, opening up a host of possibilities.

“The question Artsutanov asked himself had the childlike brilliance of true genius. A merely clever man could never have thought of it — or would have dismissed it instantly as absurd. If the laws of celestial mechanics make it possible for an object to stay fixed in the sky, might it not be possible to lower a cable down to the surface, and so to establish an elevator system linking earth to space?” — Arthur C. Clarke, 1979, “The Fountains of Paradise”

Space Elevator

Space Elevator

It sounds like science fiction. And it was.

But what does this have to do with Personal Mastery and Exponential Mindset Thinking?

Great question!

Thinking antimimeticisomorphically takes time and practice. With tools like the Marc-Ka-Ching Kube, people can learn to “Twist The Kube”, but in absence of a Kube, how can you learn to as Apple’s 2008 advertising slogan said “Think Different”?

It starts by asking and trying to answer questions like this one – it’s stuff of science fiction, but it challenges the intellect AND your sense of adventure and creativity. Try it before you keep reading and try to come up with as many of the challenges and solutions as you can.

Go on, don’t cheat, play along – THEN continue reading.

Continue reading ‘A Space Elevator?’

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A 17 Second ‘Cute’ Interlude

If you know me, you know I love all animals and I’m an absolute dog lover which kind of means I’m not really into cats. That being said, this 17 second YouTube video is so adorable, cute and funny that you just want to get this kitten and play with it all day long!

It doesn’t really matter where or how you get your inspiration.

It just matters that you get it.

Videos like this one inspires and recharges my soul and spirit every time I watch them. I have half a dozen video like this one that I can count on to give me that emotional boost.

It’s one of the strategies I teach in my programs to get into and stay in a peak performance state.

I mean c’mon, you simply can’t be in a bad mood after watching this video – and it only takes 17 seconds…

OK so it takes 51 seconds because you have to watch it 3 times, STILL THAT’S ONLY 1 MINUTE!!!

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AntiMimeticIsoMorphism: A Physician’s Example

As part of my on-going series of lighthearted blog posts, the following is a list of comments a physician claimed are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. ‘Take it easy, Doc. You’re boldly going where no man has gone before! Continue reading ‘AntiMimeticIsoMorphism: A Physician’s Example’

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