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The Inconsistency of Genius

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Why is that one day you can be brilliant and the next rubbish? Why is there such inconsistency in your thinking? You get flashes of genius but they seem all too rare and unpredictable. Why is that? Why? Why, dammit?!

The reality is you are born with all you need to be a genius. If you've got most of your brain cells still functioning you are fully equipped for outrageously smart thinking. You've got all the potential there, so how do you access your genius regularly and at will?

Look at the work habits of great writers, inventors, composers, artists, scientists -- all the usual suspects in the field of genius -- and you'll discover a trend. They all had strategies and techniques that they used to get into 'the zone'. They all had a thinking 'tool box' which they used daily to access genius.

Genius is inconsistent in most of us because we tend to think it should be a continuous thing. But it's not a steady state. It's something that you access by performing certain rituals or mental habits that take you to the genius level.

Leonardo da Vinci had lots of 'tools' that he used to access genius. From contemplating piles of ashes until he started to see faces, to an early form of mind mapping, Da Vinci was one of the first people to write down techniques of accessing the creative mind.

Thomas Edison kept extensive 'idea files' which he would use to get fresh perspective on his current challenges. He felt that ideas need only be original in their adaptation to the problem at hand.

Walt Whitman also kept ideas and when he sought fresh inspiration, he would create an 'idea tapestry' ... laying out his ideas in new combinations. Perhaps this was the inspiration for those poetry fridge magnet kits (where you get a bag of words and you have to arrange them in your own poem)?

So, remember this: geniuses aren't neccesarily geniuses all day and all night long. Genius do dumb, stupid ass things too. It's just that they also have developed behaviours that get them into the genius zone on a regular basis.

Three things YOU can do to access YOUR genius more consistently:

1. Remember that you are a genius. And that you can access the genius mind to think higher quality thoughts. Starting the day with this reminder will add significantly to your self-image. You will always perform to the level of your expectations and self-belief.

2. Acknowledge that you need processes to make the transition between ordinary mind and the higher quality genius mind. You will then give yourself the time to go through your chosen process to get into the zone.

3. Upgrade your energy. Use your physiology to empower your thinking. Sit up straight, focus, be dynamic in your body. Make an instant state shift to be more expressive and flambuoyant. Start excessive ...and your genius will find its own level. But outrageous energy at the start will help break through the walls of today's inertia.

For specific tools and strategies to access your greatest mindpower, investigate this new toolkit:

Genius Mindset: the CHEAT'S GUIDE to Instant Genius!


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Good money book -- FREE to read online

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Sean Collins of Pavlov Publishing has put his book Good Money online as webpages. I spent a couple of hours reading through it last night and found a lot of really powerful prosperity ideas and insights packed into the 57 pages. Here's someone who has really put prosperity ideas to the test and found out what works and what doesn't.

Check it out if you are interested in boosting your prosperity consciousness.


He says it won't be there forever. That could just be marketing speak but I suggest you take advantage of it while it's there.

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Be different to be distinct

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Here is a really nice flash presentation on Creativity by Alan Ashley-Pitt. It's short, but inspiring.

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Gently screwing with your mind

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Idea: Use simple 'reversal' thought exercises to shake up your thinking and make you more flexible and creative.

Example: We tend to think of what goes on in our mind's eye as 'inside' of us and what goes on in the world as 'outside' of us. What if you reverse that and look at the world as though it were inside your head. And when you close your eyes, imagine that what you see in your mind space is actually outside of yourself.

Think about it: Words were originally applied arbitrarily. A word was simply chosen to represent something. Man was called 'man'. Woman was called 'woman'. However those words become embedded in our consciousness. Like chewing gum stuck like cement to the sidewalk, they become part and parcel of the path we walk. Let's turn a high pressure hose on that sidewalk and blast that gum into the air to see what happens. Reverse things. What if in some altered reality men were called women? What if women were actually called men? Make up your own reversals and see what affect that have on your thinking.

Intentions: Let reversal thoughts gently lever your encrusted thoughts from their previously untouched foundations. By prising thoughts up like this, you allow space and room for new life to flow in. New life equates to freshness, novelty, flexibility and creativity.

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Apply the BILLIONAIRE templates of success to your mind

Friday, May 11, 2007



Wow, just come back in from a walk in the rain (saw a double rainbow!) and I wanted to give you a heads-up on an article/offer that I am excited to share with you.

I don't know what you are like with money, but I'm certainly open to improving my money making mindset so I was thrilled to discover how to think like a billionaire. Go read the article to discover a $7 system of programming your mind to think with the entrepreneurial flare and brilliance of such luminaries as Bill Gates, Richard Branson and 'the Donald' himself. Check it out now here -- I think this will be a big help to you in flexing and building your financial muscle!


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Squidoo lens and the Da Vinci Method

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hey two things today:
Squidoo lens
I've been playing with Squidoo. Are you familiar with it? Squidoo's founder is none-other than Seth Godin, marketing wunderkind and author of Idea Virus amongst other things. Squidoo is a great place to get creative, share your knowledge and make a little money for yourself and/or charity. Marketers are piling into it big time to promote their businesses and websites but there's plenty of opportunity and scope to explore and share your ideas on these Web 2.0 sites. Check it out, you can read 'lens' (useful info pages) on everything from funky laptop bags to folliculitis. Ahem. Why not write a Squidoo lens yourself?

The DaVinci Method
Big thanks go out to my email pal, Mike Loftus, for giving me a heads-up on Garret LoPorto's new book, The DaVinci Method. This book identifies the much misunderstood DaVinci type personality, how you can tell if you have it and how to organise your life to make the most of your mercurial qualities.

Have a terrific day,

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Creative living in action with Timothy Ferriss

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Do check out Timothy Ferriss' new book, The Four Hour Work Week.

I'm half-way through my copy and think Tim's a genius....

(But I think that about YOU too!)

Anything that helps you break free of the strait jacket is gold-dust to my way of thinking.

That life you dreamed of living... you could have been living.

Breathe some life and passion back into your existence.

His website is:

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The best me appears when I'm not there

Thursday, May 03, 2007


When you watch your mind... willing to learn about how it works, what motivates it, with no preconceptions... you will discover something amazing.

Most of the time... you are dead!

You are an automaton... a zombie fixated on your inner world of thoughts... there is no space for real life to penetrate. You live in the interpretation of life and the mental manipulation of the sensory data that you receive. And it rarely gets to touch you.

Only when you step aside, creating space in which to observe 'what is'... can life penetrate and touch you.

Close your eyes and listen. Allow the sounds, whatever they are, just to be there. Try and listen to nature's sounds if you can... the call of a bird, the shushing of the wind in the trees. But if your environment is one of honking horns, hissing brakes and far off shouts -- then listen to that. Just let the sounds be. Get out of the way.

And when the stillness starts to penetrate you, as it will, you experience something extraodinary. A creative revolution in your being. It is like closing your eyes in one world and opening them in another.

And with that stillness, look on life with eyes that seek to see the truth, to see what is and not what you want to see.

When 'you' are not there, Life is a lot richer.

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Work is love made visible

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


I'm indebted to StinHansen of MyThoughtCoach.com for her podcast reading of Kahil Gibran's chapter 'On Work' from his famous book, The Prophet (look out for MyThoughtCoach on iTunes podcast section to access a lot of Stin's podcast meditations for free).

Stin Hansen's creamy voiced podcasts have accompanied me on my daily walks lately (thanks to my new iPod shuffle which came courtesy of Mrs W's membership to audible.com -- she already has an iPod and gave the shuffle to me! Yay!).

Here is the text of the chapter but I recommend you listen to Stin's podcast too. There is tremendous motivational power and inspiration for living a creative, productive life contained in this short text. It contains the key to greatness....


On Work

Then a ploughman said, "Speak to us of Work."

And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet."

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

Source: http://www.columbia.edu/~gm84/gibtable.html


To your fulfilment,
Wily Walnut

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Delayed gratification: 3 reasons why delayed gratification rocks!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Delayed gratification is the highway to real success....

Most of us are suckers in the West -- we want everything now!

Suck, suck, slurp, slurp, gimmee gimmee! I want it now!!!!!

What the hell have we become?

...Junkies looking for the next hit of food, drink, drugs, sex, product, entertainment.

There is a difference between living in the moment and living for the moment.

Brian Tracy, in 'Getting Rich Your Own Way', reveals what economists believe is one on the main reasons why people retire poor: the inability to delay gratification. By spending all you've got, and more on credit, you never build up a pile of moola.

W. Clement Stone said, "If you cannot save money, the seeds of greatness are not in you."

Maybe you don't want to be rich. But do you want to be poor?

Mastery involves wise management of what you do have.

If you are going to be in the desert for 10 days and you only have enough water for 5 days ... you need to manage that water so it lasts and enables you to survive.

Another way of looking at it is that you need to develop a time perspective. I've had difficulty with this one in my own life. I never thought about being 30 or 40 back when I was 18. It just seemed so remote. I figured that the Universe would sort out the details and I would be a success somehow.


You live in the eternal present. But the future is just queueing up ready to slot into place. If you are 18, you will soon find yourself as a 38 year old with a partner and kids and all of the needs and requirements of that. If you are 40, so sorry, but you will be hitting 65 before you know it, and oh my gosh, I bet you wish you had contributed more to your pension plan now, huh? If you are a Mickey D's junkie at 21, better watch out because you'll be a bloated 41 year old on heart medication in no time at all, reaping the harvest of all that fat and junk.

Here are 3 reasons why delayed gratification rocks:

1. Delayed gratification builds personal power.
If you staunch the impulse, you are exhibiting control. Just as if you channel a river into a narrow conduit, the force of the water builds up and becomes more powerful, so you become more powerful from controlling your urges, appetites and unconscious drives.

2. Delayed gratification multiplies power.
Whether it's energy, desire or money, if you let it accumulate, the sense of increase makes your life richer and more fulfilling. If you put a portion (yeah, 10%) of your income aside each month into an interest paying "wealth" account, that you will never touch, you have created a money magnet. The month by month sense of increase and growing wealth becomes magnetic to more. If you channel your sexual energy into productivity or into chi kung practices, you become more and more charismatic, sexually magnetic and with very high energy. Chi kung practitioners build sexual energy and transmute it within their bodies into spiritual energy. It's very powerful, like a kind of bio-alchemy (yeah, I know, I'm stretching there ... just picture The Matrix... special effects... and all that woo-woo energy swirling around -- all good stuff!).

3. Delayed gratification carves character into your soul.
There is something tremendous about a man or woman who has achieved a certain rank in life through long hard work and discipline. They experience a deep sense of power, mastery, and personal fulfillment that the lottery winner millionaires or reality show instant fame contestants will never appreciate. We look for the short cuts all the time in our fast paced society but sometimes the long way is a better route.

Delayed gratification means foregoing something now for something even better later. It's a mark of maturity, adulthood and mastery. The successful people of the world are savvy in that they take the long view and build towards that future, sacrificing in small ways now so that they can enjoy greater rewards in the future. While it can seem that delayed gratification means that you will be 'missing out' in the present, there are intangible rewards that you will just have to experience for yourself. And the snowball effect (compounding interest -- it works in all things not just money) means that your momentum will quickly take you into realms of achievement that you cannot dream of while you still squander all you've got.

To your self-improved future,
Wily Walnut

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