The Art of Being Engaged In Life!

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Today I wanna talk about a major thing in life. Being engaged in doing work.

Most people walk around derping and are disengaged from the activity they are involved in. It’s so easy to make it into a habit to be unfocused and become disengaged. It’s so easy to lower your standards and not try harder.

So you need to take deep focus engagement very seriously if you wanna reach great goals in life. It’s important to be engaged because it translates into so many other areas of your life. Everything is all connected. Creating 1 strong habit many times lead to more good habits. Everything blends together. Letting a little bit of laziness creep into your life usually spreads fast to other areas of your life. Because in the modern world it’s so easy to just chill and relax and not remain super focused on the activity you are doing.

Life works in a Pyramid and to reach high in life in an area you like then it requires more and more focus the higher up you go. Because there are less at the top so you need to find something you love and have daily passion about and focus with intensity and engaging everyday on it to reach high.

Of course this is way easier when you know more clearly what makes you super excited everyday. And when you have sorted out your goals/dreams and vision statement in life. Because the majority is at the bottom of the Pyramid and it’s so easy to fall down to that level and maybe work for someone else your whole life. Which puts you into a limited position in what you can do in life.

The level of apathy that you get conditioned with everyday is at such an intense level that it will try to hammer you to not take action. People have many different agendas and goals.

If you are passive that serves other people’s interest that wants to make money on passive people consuming content. Be a creator and producer more then you are a consumer.

A good way to live life and take control over it in this phone age is don’t consume if you haven’t produced anything. If you want to consume fine. But at least produce something of value first. Mostly you will realise that you get way more joy out of producing than consuming. 2 people in this world: Takers and Givers. You wanna be on Giver side. Takers are too much value leechers. They train themselves to have to rely on others.

Your produce output should be so high in this abundant universe.

So you want to continue to focus to be against and fight against apathy and passivity. It’s because you are alive you should be active and moving and producing and creating stuff. It’s a way of life! An interesting way to put this and how to guide your life is that you care more than anybody and that you care less than anybody. Most engaged but least attached to an outcome.

There are some traps that could stop your progress and that is decision making fatigue, persona fatigue and self judgement fatigue. These 3 can mess you up a lot.

Decision making fatigue is when you sit and think a lot if you should do a certain task or not. It actually burns a ton of willpower energy. You would be better off just do anything in that moment. Than sit and burn energy on thinking about it. So just do it! You gain energy by doing faster decisions and can get into a momentum by doing it!

Persona fatigue is when you try to be someone that you are not. You won’t get as tired if you are just yourself.

Self judgement fatigue is when we constantly judge ourself instead of keep going. We burn ourself out by trying to do something perfect. When we should just ship the damn product as Seth Godin would say.

We are humans so we cannot make perfect stuff. Life is messy and making progress is messy. Also don’t be attached to how good the end result will be. Don’t panic so much about it because it will just burn energy. Just get the job done within the timeframe that you have.

The most enlightened thing you can do in life is to engage in life. And try to do it at maximum levels. Even down to maybe cleaning a room. While you do something always do it with maximum engaged level and this will require you to live your life so you can have lots of focus to do this task.

The reason why it’s important to detach from outcome is because we all will die one day, things are constantly changing and shifting in the universe. We think we can own something but all we have is just things we borrow for the moment while we are alive. Then it goes away to someone else in another time period. Also detaching makes you feel more free. That it doesn’t really matter that much what you do in life. If you succeed or not. Doesn’t really make any difference in a larger time period of the universe. Most things will be forgotten.

But while you are alive the nicest feeling is to be deeply present inside of an activity. We aren’t designed to be passive humans. We have a human consciousness so we can do things in life with a present awareness. Compared to animals who doesn’t have that ability.

Most of our thoughts we think are our own ones. But most of the time it’s just other peoples stuff they have put inside our heads and now we think it was our original thoughts. We humans are sponges very easily affected by people in our environment. And biological impulses that fires off inside of our brain.

Most of the moments in your life you will not remember. Your mind will only remember a few moments in your life the other things will be a blur. This is why attachment is so pointless in life because most things won’t be remembered anyway. So living in the present moment and be engaged is the thing that always is real and now. And what you want to strive towards. And the present moment you can always reach.

There is a great quote Goethe said in the book Conversations of Goethe by Johann Peter Eckermann about living in the moment and staying present here it is:

And if you think about not doing the 3 fatigues above then you will have an easier time to kick yourself into engaged mode. Of course you can go much deeper into this topic but here was just a few thoughts about this topic. Let me know if you want to hear more about this!

Thanks for reading!

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Adrian

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Process vs. Results In Success In Life! Ancient Knowledge!

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Never in life beat yourself up for the result you get after taking a certain action. But beat yourself up for the process if you fail to execute on the process you know produces results. The end result of a certain days actions we have no idea what it will be. But the process that produces results we have full control over. And we need to learn how to master it.

What made you start to fail?

You have to find your built in habits that is causing failure in your life and making it harder to follow the process that produces results. Some of the common things that can have a massive change is diet, sleep and limit too much pleasure. To learn a new process and to implement it in your life it will require months of focus on that process to wire it into your brain. And then when it’s in there you could start working on another process you know produces results. Eventually you wanna have a full system of processes that you have found to be the best to produce results and stick to them everyday.

Life will continue to test you in every second you are trying to do something. You just gotta remember that the hard part with most processes is just the beginning. Actually be inside of the process is usually not that hard. It can be extremely enjoyable once you get into a FLOW state of it. That state puts you into the present moment with deep attention and focus.

The process of becoming a mature adult is a bit more painful but the rewards are so much bigger. But most are very lazy in this world and wanna take the easy way out. You wanna work hard and get what you deserve from that work. Many people do work hard but they work for someone else so in that position they are in a limited position. You have to work first to remove yourself from that limited position.

There is a great book out about this process activity how you can get more into a flow and a nice routine where your life just goes smooth and exactly in the direction you want it. The book is by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and it’s called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Here is quote from the book about what can be enjoyable:

Basically what it means and he’s saying now especially in the age of the internet is that to get into flow you have to concentrate and focus on the task. And not get distracted as easily by all the things we have around ourself. All the temptations that tells us it will give us flow and fun but won’t.

He also gave another great quote here and some good things to keep in mind when you wanna get into a nice flow state:

Many people do set goals but they are boring. So it doesn’t produce any excitement to actually start doing them if they think they will only improve life by 10%. But 1000% improvement goals now finally it brings motivation to start something new!

I will give you great book recommendations in the future on the topic of my top self improvement book list.

Knowledge is important. When someone is writing a book many times they are doing it when they are in their highest state. So they give you the pearls of their knowledge. That will help you save time and energy to go out and try things yourself. It saves time and energy to learn from someone smart what to do and what to avoid. By being a simulator of the future.

The Stoics said some very smart things. And they had this great trick that is working very nicely when you wanna get more of something in life. It works in the way that whatever you have right you now you practice yourself to be super grateful that you have what you have. So you get a feeling of being content. So you don’t feel a need for more.

The funny thing with this is it always gives you more from this sort of thinking. Because you come from a place of abundance. I have been reading more classical ancient knowledge lately and have found great books about ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

Here is a good book about the Stoics by William B. Irvine. It’s called A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. Here is a great quote from the book about appreciating what you have:

Seneca also had a more scarier practice and that was to think about negative things that might be happening. Of course this one is a bit more scarier to do. Because it might bring up unpleasant thought or emotions:

Musonius had an even more extreme way to do this. I have tested this myself by staying away from pleasure and it for sure is an interesting thing to do. You really start to appreciate more what you have and the simple things in life:

So in a way by focusing more in life on the process than the results. It’s sort of like you want to see yourself as a robot when you are making yourself warm up to do the process. Stop using too much thoughts and emotions and just go into robot mode and do what you know produce results. After some minutes you usually start to enjoy something and you feel like a human again and your creativity starts to kick in and flow!

Results will follow of course when you are focusing on a process you know will produce result. Even when the results are low you know you can tweak the process to get better results. Because we are all humans with a brain that means if we master our mental side then we can become millionaires or even billionaires by using processes other successful people used to get to that point. We need to study their works and learn from it. And then apply it into our own lives.

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Adrian

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Some Deeper Insights Into Taking Action

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Taking action keeps taking you back into reality again and again. And you will bump into walls again. Walls of reality that gives you real helpful feedback. The walls will slowly bounce you back and forth but in a forward progress direction.

Not the result you want you actually want the feeling of doing progress. Taking that much action will give you lots of feedback. About what you need to work on. And you will also realise how connected everything is. Becoming more grounded in accurate sense of reality. And it will make you more humble for the journey.

Just like a lens on a camera you are removing the layers of delusion and comes closer to more accurate sense of reality by constantly shift the lens into sharper focus. Low level thinking paradigms and low level desires will be stripped away from your personality by going through pain.

The layers of delusion people get from not taking action scares people. People also get scared because they don’t actually have trained their action taking ability. Your brain will start to tell you lies if you go down the paths of delusion. You quickly need to correct and move into the right direction again. If you start believing your own lies you will build a foundation where more lies will be built on.

Where is reality going in the future? This is a good question because it does seem like we are moving into a more robotic world. With Virtual Reality headset’s like HTC Vive that now can simulate a world in your home that feels like real life. By taking advantage of your senses you can generate amazing things. But there is also a risk here that it can be used to manipulate reality more. You can also argue that we are already in a simulation of the world. Elon Musk said that was a high possibility.

After I tried out the HTC Vive I am getting more confident that people will be using “reality tweak” tools more in the future. We already see it happening with how much people are addicted to their phones. They can’t live without them! They have almost become a part of our bodies!

Will reality not matter anymore? If people can just live their whole life in their homes? It does seem in a new world like this that introverted people would benefit more than extroverted. Because it will create a world where people more communicate not in fast ways but in deeper ways away from each other. So they have more time to develop elegant ideas before they release them out into the universe. There is a great personality test out there if you wanna find out if you are Introvert or Extrovert more. Called the Myers Briggs test.

Taking action has a way to throw you into the present moment when you take action with consciousness. You are actually aware of what you are doing because you do it with great attention. Which makes you forget about thoughts and emotions. Which actually feels really good. Because most of the time our thoughts puts us into a weird loop that doesn’t get us anywhere. Usually the only thing we need to do to become awake again is that conscious action taking.

There is a great little framework you can use by author Dr. Stephen R. Covey from the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change which is very simple to use and gives you a quick view of how it can guide you with being at the center of your life. Here is a quick quote from the book:

There are of course other ways you can do this and that is by just focus on sit still and be conscious. That will also put you into a mode where eventually you wanna go up and do stuff. Instead of just being still and passive. Many times we think that thoughts = being productive. But many time’s that’s not the case. Many times we would be way more effective by just starting the task. That is also the first habit in Coveys book: Be Proactive.

Why should you take action you may wonder when you can already get by just fine by relaxing? Well you should take action because we live in a time of intense changes. And in these times if you don’t become intelligent then it will be very easy to fall behind. Because earlier we only had competition that was close to us. Now in the world we live in global competition. Which means it will be even harder to get by if you are passive.

Make everything your own in life. You must strive towards ownership. When it’s your own you work harder and from a position of power. Take the leap away from safety. We are apes designed to be out in the wild. Living day to day! Remember. People are always trying to trap you in society. To play their games. This is a great time to invest in the internet because many people don’t take advantage of the insane opportunity that exists today. So you can really exploit it by working smart. Everyone wants to outsource all work to robots and cheap workers. You can exploit this by working with heart and soul. People will detect a true spirit person above robots and cheap workers. Why people don’t work hard is because the limited position they are in. Work to become an owner.

There is a great book about how the internet is changing our brains and how it changes action taking in this world which is moving at a faster rate. The book is by Nicholas Carr he wrote the book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. Which has many interesting information about how these constant new online links changes our brains. Here is a great quote from the book:

Basically what this means is with the internet there is no limit on who you can contact. So if you are creative you can build new business connections super fast. Just by contacting and engaging with more people and provide help for common problems. Wanna find a list of problems people have? Go to Quora.

Internet is a great place to both take action and to become an owner. Right now to start a website is very cheap. But it’s yours. You own it. And it’s extremely valuable when you want to get content out there into the world.

The problem I see with many people is they do take action but they are building their work on someone else service. Which just means you are selling yourself cheap. Also remember that when you are more the owner over your work then you will work harder and with more pride. Which will end up in better results. And you feel more in control and it will make you be in a responsible role.

What happens with these other services is it starts out great but slowly you will realise your room to move around and have control over your work is becoming more limited. That’s when it’s time to break free.

Your time is valuable so I recommend you set up rules for when you use social media or the internet. For example I have disabled notifications on my phone. And only open up stuff after I have created new content. So I’m not just a consumer. Thanks for reading!

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Adrian

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4 Crazy Steps How Marketing Works To Gain Attention!

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Marketing is one area I find highly interesting to study. Because of how powerful it is. We all market ourself and what we do constantly to other humans. It can be very useful to understand on a deeper level how marketing works. Especially in these times with a new marketing that is online.

Now when the world is getting globalised and everything connected the potenial in life is truly limitless. When billions have access to the internet then that is billions of ideas and potenial to network and find amazing humans.

And also extremely good time to learn more about marketing. So I will show you 4 keys to marketing here from a great book called CA$HVERTISING by Drew Eric Whitman. The book is long and contains many extremely useful lessons about human nature.

Here is a quote from the book with 4 crazy steps that works to gain attention and use it in a marketing way. First step: Something scary. Second, a recommendation. Third, it’s a good working recommendation. Fourth, you can do it!:

 

We are all sellers in this world. Sellers to survive.  Creating products and services is the way forward in this digital world. With access to so many humans you can easily find a market that you can take advantage of. This book from Drew contains over 100 secrets about marketing. But I will just quote a few and will give you my insight also in marketing.

Number 1 solution for results:

 

My job in life has been to market my YouTube videos so I can get enough eyeballs to watch my videos so advertising could be sold next to the videos so I can pay my rent.

And I been successful at it to live on it. Because I threw myself into taking action and put myself in a situation where I have to succeed or I have no money to live. Usually when you throw yourself into a situation like that you will succeed because there is no other option. Many times people do not put this pressure on themselves their life is just a bit too easy so they don’t see the point in spending more effort.

So in total right now my marketing experience making YouTube videos has resulted in over 500,000,000 million clicks on my content. So I have learned a lot of useful information how marketing works. Which I also will reveal more in blog post’s on this website.

I have learned a lot how humans work. And that the ego and vanity in humans is great to exploit in marketing. I chose to invest my time in the biggest vanity material object of all to gain attention. Making videos about phones.

People like phones because they feel it will make them more amazing. Because of the limitless potenial of what you can do with today’s phones. So I noticed that when I did videos on things people truly desired then people come in droves. Sadly most time people only use phones for consuming content instead of generating possibility.

A great quote from CA$HVERTISING about vanity and ego:

It’s quite interesting how it all works. Remember people are focused on themselves. So you need to find a way to give a lot of value to the people you market to. Solve their needs. I noticed many of my clicks on my videos didn’t come to my smartest and deepest intelligent videos. Most people aren’t interested in that.

Most people just want entertainment. Some quick thing to watch to take their mind off something else in their life. I have also noticed that people on my videos spend an average of 2 mins per click to stay and watch. That is so crazy!

The click generation

I have learned that people don’t seem to value their time high. What happens is people spend 2 minutes on a video and if they keep clicking to another video they feel like they are being productive and that time isn’t passing. Time is passing and you are wasting precious time.

This usually happens because humans are in an unconscious state most of their life. If they were conscious they wouldn’t waste time in zombie mode. I have written great blog post’s about it in the past that you can check out if interested.

But my favorite book so far about how to escape deep unawareness is A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle. I constantly read it for new valuable insights. And I put quotes on valuable things said and re-read those parts. It’s very easy to do in the Kindle app on Android.

And one of the main reason people actually do spend time on my videos is because I bring deep calm present awareness into my videos. So when people click it for a moment they feel alive and better like something cool is happening. But usually they return to a low down state pretty fast afterwards. The reason this happen is because most of humanity has always been in this deep unconscious state. So it’s the normal for many humans.

The thing I find interesting is how you can with the power of the written word move people in different directions. How we humans are more easily affected than we would like to admit. You have the power to make changes in other people’s lives. That if we see an ad for 2 seconds and then look away we think it didn’t affect us. But it did. And all these small marketing secrets many is being used on you daily to try to move people in different directions.

Advanced Robots Will Change Stuff

If there is one thing that is for sure is that it’s all going to become more advanced in the future, marketing in general and other areas. Especially the more you have algorithms that can detect patterns in humans and constantly tweak people’s life so they only see certain parts. It’s both very scary and fun at the same time. In the way that life is in a major shift with the computer area. You can make ton’s of money without seeing a single human ever in your life. But humans are more than ever on this planet. So there will be a lot of people that will need good guidance.

I want to do my best to try to give people helpful advice in life and deeper insights in how many things work. Just because it brings me such a joy to educate others. Because a lot of people need help out there. And it will only increase in the future with more automation in computing and robotics.

Knowledge is critical in this era. Because one day it may not be here anymore. Especially if the internet collapses one day. There are very few copies of valuable information left then.

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Adrian

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The Power of Humility In Life

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Humility can be the greatest gift of all to have. You just gotta ask for help. Crazy part is people do not do it.

A quick example of how deep humbleness goes. If you live in the European Union. You can go to 100s of banks to ask for a loan for whatever it is you wanna do. I bet if you actually did this you can probably have 1 million euros in your hands in a year from now. I don’t have that humility and you also probably don’t have it. So with that simple example you can see how you always can be more humble in life. Instead of being the person who “already knows everything”.

Your framework in life should be “I do not know anything about anything” so a constant learning process. Now the crazy part about humility is how it keeps giving you more the more you seem to do it. An endless stream of good stuff. It never ends! It’s like the universe ALWAYS expanding. If knowledge is infinite do you know how insane that is? No end! So crazy we cant even wrap our minds around limitless knowledge.

Nothing Will Stay The Same! 

The problem with being in the mindset of thinking “I already know everything” is that you will stop growing and evolve. And as we know nature is always shifting. You just gotta look outside your window every month to see how things are constantly shifting. So if everything is always changing that means you have to develop a harmony in your life to move along with nature. And not get stuck in old habits or routines.

Focus on taking care of other humans and you won’t have to worry about your own needs. Clearly if you put focus on how you can make other people’s dream come true nature will take care of your needs too. Most people are stuck in a scarcity mindset where they think they are limited in what they can do in life. But just remember that what one man can do, another man can do. Just requires that you actually do take action and starts to move in the direction you want to go.

Progress! Not going back!

Remember that it’s not the end result that we actually want. Surely it will be nice but even that will be a fleeting moment. The main thing we wanna feel in our life is that we are making progress right now and is moving in the right direction. So the criteria for success for me has become “did I make progress today” or “Am I still growing in life?”. What I do is that I constantly write down all my ideas that I find valuable so I don’t forget.

Goals and habits in life are very important but probably of more importance is that you have written down some kind of vision or purpose in life. I do this on a regular basis and do constant new updates to my vision. I listen a lot to my heart to try to be perfectly aligned with what my spirit tells me to do.

There is a great book by Stephen Covey called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That talks a lot about great ways to structure your life. Here is a good quote from that book:

Don’t let boredom run your life when everyday could be exciting!

We have this idea that you should pick a job and then stay in that niche for the rest of your life. How limiting! Maybe we are here to just experience life and do a new job every couple years or so. Especially when we really start to get bored of something. That is usually a sign there is time for change. A lot of people are being very resistant to change. They want things to stay the same.

But they too have also forgot that things will never stay the same. They have never stayed the same in history. Evolution is constantly making tweaks and as we see with our current technology we are now in a rapid stage of development into a new arena. An arena where it will be critical you don’t stay ignorant. But that you constantly keep educating yourself. So you can deal with any sort of future adversity that may show up.

Magic Fantasy Land!

Humility will also remove a lot of pressure a lot of people put on themselves. That they need to become something or be something magical. You don’t.

There is a lot of vanity in our current time a total obsession with that every should “Make it”. Which puts even more pressure on humans feeling like they must do something “Amazing” in their life. You really don’t.

The starting point should always be that you are perfect the way you are because your inner core spirit never changes. It always stays pure and same. From this realisation that you are good and perfect already you can move from a calm state into doing other things in life.

Also you should remember that most of your problems someone else in the past have had and wrote down a solution to. So really important to keep getting exposed to new quality information Ralph Waldo Emerson has a great book called Self-Reliance and Other Essays that speaks a lot about relying on yourself to do most things and use the help of wise people to guide you forward. Here is a beautiful quote from that book:

He speaks a lot about the importance of living in harmony with nature. And observing all of life around you.

Have Bigger Dreams To Get Excited!

Vanity and self-importance get’s so boring after a while. You get tired of yourself. And you wanna help others in life. Now the irony is that once you start to help others and focus less on yourself you will actually feel better than with the vanity feeling you got in the past.

It will feel better because you feel like you are a part of something bigger than just yourself. It puts off the pressure on your shoulders to carry the whole load. There is a lot of help out there to get, you just gotta work on not being so afraid to ask for help. It takes humility to ask for help.

People have a massive fear of rejection and I may talk about that in another blog post. The fear of rejection is a big thing that holds most people back in life.

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Adrian

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