When I was a kid me and my buddies loved to play Pac Man.
There were lots of old school video games.
But Pac Man was unique.
In that there was allegedly some secret “pattern” that once you learned it, it would allow you to easily escape the dudes trying to eat Pac Man.
Lots of video games have “cheats,” but for Pac Man it was a little different.
It was like a secret system.
Of course, nobody knew what that system was.
Everybody knew somebody who saw somebody use it.
It seems we humans love to think along these lines.
Of some secret shortcut that exists, and only those “in the know” have access to it.
Once I was told by a professor in college that companies had secretly invented tires that never wear down and nylons that never run.
But if they released them to the public, they wouldn’t make nearly as much money.
Maybe it’s true, maybe not, but it seems that with some clever marketing, if you DID have a tire that never wore down, you’d make a ton of money.
On the other hand, there ARE some things that do seem like shortcuts.
But they only appear to be shortcuts to others who don’t know the “system.”
If you work any system long enough, you’ll figure out all the angles.
Kind of like that movie, “Groundhog Day.”
Poor guy lived the same day over and over and over.
But by the end, he had everything down PERFECTLY.
The good news is that we don’t need to relive every day, or take a bunch of time to learn all the angles.
Because there really IS a set of “shortcuts.”
Shortcuts in human thinking and behaving.
The people that know about these shortcuts, and more importantly, how to deliver them, make TONS of money.
And they have been for a LONG time.
And many of the folks that are naturally persuasive use these also.
They just don’t know it.
So when you learn these, and find out just how effective they are, it’s up to you whether you want to share them or not.
But it IS pretty cool to let others think you’ve discovered some kind of magic trick.