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What’s Your Fatal Flaw?



I’ve always that the only way to take me out is with a “paperwork error.”

You’re not going to outwork or outfight me. But I might forget to sign some paperwork sometime. This trait, which is linked to a lack of conscientiousness, has followed me since childhood.

On the Big 5 / OCEAN scale, I in the top 1% in Openness to new experiences, and in the bottom 10% for conscientiousness. This has created some interesting adventures and also challenges in life, which can be described as my way of saying, LET’S RUSH RIGHT INTO THIS OH WAIT NO I DIDN’T PLAN FOR ANY OF THAT STUFF YOU’RE MENTIONING.

My desk was always the messiest. My handwriting was terrible. Only one other person class had worse handwriting than I had, and my handwriting did not improve despite practice.

But I also travelled all over the world, and was crazy enough to think I could write a best-selling mindset book and make films and live a life that’s hard to believe it real.

I used to have poor credit because I’d forget to pay bills. I had the money to pay them. I’d just forget to.

Identify your fatal flaw.

You have one.

A fatal flaw isn’t a mild character defect.

It’s a flaw fundamental to your core.

You’ll see this fatal flaw manifest itself in all areas of your life.

For example, my fatal flaw has to do with some weird inability to focus on the mundane.

  • I forget names,
  • Pay bills late,
  • Forget to file paperwork,
  • Don’t follow-up with emails,
  • Take too long to return calls.

Having a fatal flaw doesn’t make you a “bad person.”

Life has upside and downside energy.

My creative brilliance is a strength, and this strength comes with a downside energy.

Put Systems in Place to Protect Against Your Flaw.

First of all, when my daughter was born I transferred almost all of my money to her and any future siblings through various trusts. (Because my “fatal flaw” isn’t going to harm her. Let someone come after me for some nonsense. Good luck. I have no net worth!)

I set all of my bills to auto-pay.

I have a credit monitoring system via Credit Karma and Credit Sesame.

My wife remembers peoples names for me and briefs me before I talk to anyone.

My business partners handle all of the logistics.

Spending hours to fix a problem that could have been avoided in minutes.

I don’t beat myself up too much, though, as I’m uniquely talented in other ways.

But I do need to protect myself from myself.

That’s ultimately what mindset is about.

Self-knowledge without action is narcissistic navel gazing.

You learn about yourself, identify your strengths (and MAX THOSE OUT), and then find out your weakness (and militate against the negative consequences of these flaws).

In business this is called a SWOT analysis, which I learned about from Marc Lobliner.

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Threats

A 25% improvement is a completely new life.

I am not perfect and do not pretend to be.

There is no such thing as “unlimited energy” or “total malleability.”

We have physical talents, and we have mental ones, and while we can improve, we can’t completely change every aspect of our personality.

But we do have 25 to 50% of our personalities to work with.

And that’s huge.

We humans aren’t good with numbers, so it’s hard to think about what a 25% improvement looks like.

In school, you could get a C or an A.

In health, a 25% improvement is being obese or merely a little heavy, or being fit or absolutely jacked.

This is especially true because self-improvement gains compound.

When you improve, this becomes the “new you.” And then additional improvements are measured against this better version of yourself.

You go from overweight to fit, to super fit. (If you want.)

Some of you know me as a “public personality.”

Did you know I used to have social anxiety?

Five years ago I almost didn’t show up to a New York meet-up due to “social anxiety.”

Years ago I scheduled my first blog meet-up, and almost didn’t leave the house.

“What if no one shows up? I’ll feel like a loser.”

That was my internal monologue and self-talk.

I ended up leaving and arriving late. Over 40 people had showed up, and at the time, I just had a blog.

Yet even this required me to push through, to be more social.

I am naturally an introvert, and introversion has a physiological aspect.

For most of my life, I thought I was “broken,” because being around people exhausted me.

Ah. It’s all about dopamine.

Yet I then used introversion as an excuse. “Oh, I can’t go out. Introversion!”

Anyhow, if you watch me now or attend my events, you’d never guess I am naturally introverted.

That’s because I pushed myself past my limits, started off small with meet-ups, and then held more meet-ups, and five years later I throw major international events.

(It still takes me a lot of “down time” afterwards to recovery. Introversion is a real thing. But I’ve come a long way from having social anxiety.)

How to Fix Your Fatal Flaw

Step 1. Identify it.

Be honest. You have one. Don’t be emotional about it. You’re assessing yourself as you would a business.

Step 2. Mitigate it.

Your flaw is likely deep enough that you need to focus on avoiding the “downside risk” rather than think you’re going to eliminate the challenge.

Systems and processes help in a huge way. Your own systems will vary based on your challenge.

Step 3. Max out your strengths.

One of the perennial debates in the self-improvement world is whether you should “eliminate weakness” or focus on your strengths.

Gorilla Mindset is about focusing on your strengths, and maxing those out.

People who “eliminate weakness” develop negative self-talk, as they are always focused on problems.

It’s far more effective to focus on what you’re good at, and develop those talents and strengths.

(I cover these issues in detail in my Mindset Master Class.)


What’s Your Fatal Flaw?

Post it in the comments.

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The Truth about Hydroxychloroquine and Coronavirus



Trump is recommending people look into using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus. Trump is not a doctor. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not approved by the FDA for treatment of coronavirus.

Most doctors are using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine off label for coronavirus treatment, some are using it prophylactically to protect themselves.

OFF LABEL USE is what is missing from media coverage on Trump and hydroxychloroquine. Reporters either don’t know what off label use is, or they are pretending not to know because ORANGE MAN BAD.

Here is what the FDA says in its guide on the off label use of drugs:

From the FDA perspective, once the FDA approves a drug, healthcare providers generally may prescribe the drug for an unapproved use when they judge that it is medically appropriate for their patient.

If you read any article about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, and the article omits OFF LABEL USE, then you are being hoaxed by the media.

P.S. The man in Arizona who died from using chloroquine did not obtain chloroquine from a doctor. He used fish tank cleaner. (Yes, really.)

The couple unfortunately equated the chloroquine phosphate in their fish treatment with the medication —known as hydroxychloroquine — that has recently been touted as a possible treatment for COVID-19, which has infected more than 42,000 people in the U.S. and killed at least 462.

Reports that the man died after “listening to Trump’s advice” are dishonest.

The Arizona man’s wife is also a Democrat donor.

Wanda donated to the PAC 314 Action Fund, which has called itself the “pro-science resistance” to the White House.

Additionally, Fox News has reviewed a Facebook page apparently belonging to Wanda, which was first identified by the Twitter user Techno Fog. “Your psycho prez is in [t]own, are you going to see him?” Wanda wrote on Facebook on Feb. 19, by way of wishing a friend a happy birthday. Trump was in town at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz., on that day.

She administered the chloroquine to her husband. This wife was the only person who hates Trump who listened to Trump, by giving her husband chloroquine-based fish tank cleaner.

Nothing suspicious about that at all.

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Is “Kung Flu” the latest Media Hoax?



Several White House reporters confronted Trump regarding his decision to call the coronavirus (or COVID-19) the China Virus.  One reporter asked him about a White House administration official who is alleged to have called the coronavirus Kung Flu.

When the reporter was asked the name of the official, the reporter said she didn’t know.

The original claim regarding Kung Flu comes from CBS reporter Weijia Jiang. On March 17th, she Tweeted:

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

Ms. Jiang has not identified the official.

One reason could be because this official does not even exist.

Under American defamation law, you can lie all you like.

You can’t lie about a person by name.

If no White House official called the coronavirus Kung Flu, or if there is some important context missing, then Jiang could be sued.

You can watch the Kung Flu exchange in this video here:

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The Stafford Act Text Message Announcing an Emergency Quarantine is a Hoax



By now you or someone you know has received a hoax text announcing martial law. With some minor variations, the texts all read the same:

  • In 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing. The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward.


The National Security Council issued a rare public statement warning the public that the Stafford act text was a hoax.

How can you tell the Stafford Act Text is a Hoax?

Even if you refuse to accept the NSC’s word on the matter, the text message has some telltale signs of a hoax.

First, the text promises secret insider knowledge. “Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing.” This is a vague enough proclamation that it sounds plausible.

Second, no specifics of these friends are given. Who are these friends? Why did they call this specific person?

Third, the hoaxers ask you to spread the message. Why would anyone acting in good faith want to incite a panic?

If an emergency quarantine were able to be declared, the plan would be Top Secret. No one’s friends would just get out of a briefing and start alerting people. THEY WOULD GO TO PRISON FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

If such an emergency plan were in the works and higher command wanted the story to get out, they’d leak it to a credible outlet. Not share chain-letter style text messages.

There’s also tradecraft involved in sharing classified information.

None of the telltale signs (and no I won’t share how to leak classified secrets here) were present in that alert.

UPDATE: Other outlets are now reporting that the Stafford Act text is a foreign disinformation campaign:

The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials began confronting what they said was a deliberate effort by a foreign entity to sow fears of a nationwide quarantine amid the virus outbreak.

Agencies took coordinated action Sunday evening to deny that any such plans were put in place, as they tried to calm a nation already on edge by disruptions to daily life caused by the virus.



Read More about Mike Cernovich here.

Who is Mike Cernovich?

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