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.
- Take the Big 5 Inventory test here.
- Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You is a fun and insightful look at human personality.
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.
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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Will Mushrooms Save Humanity?
Are “magic mushrooms” for filthy hippies who have checked out of life, or is there more to the story? Fantastic Fungi suggests the answer is yes in a wide-ranging documentary on psilocybin.
Loaded with mainstream, normie voices like Michael Pollan (as opposed to say Eckhart Tolle), Fantastic Fungi succeeds as a documentary for skeptics.
All plant medicine faces intense discrimination and bias, with claims ranging that medicine like psilocybin and ayahuasca are “demonic” or will “send you on a bad trip,” despite a lack of scientific evidence that supervised, responsible use of plant medicine has few downsides and updates that include
- advanced creativity
- freedom from alcoholism and opioid addiction
- higher ability to empathize with others and love more
Microdosing psilocybin has been used by names you’d recognize yet never expect, and indeed many people are shocked to learn that I have a decade-long experience with 5-MeO-DMT, ayahuasca, and psilocybin.
The stereotype of course is that people use plant medicine to check out of reality, when in fact the proper use of psilocybin enhances your ability to experience reality.
People wrongly believe that using plant medicine puts your physical body on a spiritual journey, inverting the truth, which is that your spiritual body in on a journey in your physical one.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Fantastic Fungi will be enjoyable watch whether you are experienced in these matters or remain a skeptic. To those who are skeptical, grab a cup of coffee or beer (totally not drugs unlike the stuff other people use) and learn about the magic underneath your feet and within your heart.
You can watch Fantastic Fungi here on iTunes.
Bill Clinton on Jeffrey Epstein Island, Victim Claims
Former President Bill Clinton was seen with two women on Jeffrey Epstein’s “pedophile island,” according to Virgina Roberts.
The relevant except says:
When you say you you asked him why is Bill Clinton here, where was here?
Roberts: On the island.
JS: When you were present with Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton on the island, who else was there?
Roberts: Ghislaine, Emmy, and there was two young girls that I could identify. I never really knew them well anyways. It was just 2 girls from New York.
JS: And were all of you staying at Jeffrey’s house on the island including Bill Clinton?
Roberts: That’s correct.
He had about 4 or 5 different villas on his island separate from the main house, and we all stayed in the villas.
JS: Were sexual orgies a regular occurrences at the island of Jeffrey’s house? Roberts: Yes.
You can read the document implicating Bill Clinton with Jeffrey Epstein here: pic.twitter.com/5igNwmjM4y
— Epstein Files Unsealed by Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 31, 2020
Bill Clinton is directly implicated by an eyewitness in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking ring.
Six references to Bill Clinton in Virginia Roberts' chat with her lawyers on April 7, 2011:
Asked about Epstein boasting "Bill Clinton owes me favors," Giuffe said:
"Yes. I do. It was a laugh though. He would laugh it off… I didn't know if he was serious. It was just a joke." pic.twitter.com/InugMgHOz5
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 31, 2020
Jim Jordan Sells Out Conservatives to Big Tech (Read the Confidential Memo in Full)
Labelled “Confidential,” the Jim Jordan Memo is something you’re not supposed to see.
Cernovich Media has obtained this Memo and is posted it in full.
Read the Jim Jordan Antitrust Memo here:
Highlights of Jim Jordan’s Antitrust Memo
- The Memo gives Republican talking points needed to defend Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
- The Jim Jordan Memo is clear. Zero antitrust action against Apple, Google, or Amazon will be supported by the GOP, and the memo is loaded with talking points defending Big Tech’s monopoly power.
- “Even if this hearing suggests that Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook have acted unlawfully, that would not necessarily mean underlying antitrust law needs an overhaul.”
Watch my Video Report of the Jim Jordan Antitrust Memo here:
I obtained the GOP’s confidential antitrust memo for tomorrow’s hearing. It’s a direct betrayal of conservatives. https://t.co/i3S5VfSW66
— Reclaiming My Time Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 29, 2020