When watching an interview between Tim Ferriss and Dr. Gabor Maté this quote stuck out to me:
“We don’t respond to what happens, we respond to our perception of what happens… It’s with our minds we create the world.” -Dr. Gabor Maté
When I think of this it all goes back to the fact we create the world we want to live in. I like to think of the life we live as a high budget feature film. In which we are the director, producer, writer, talent scout, etc. With this point of view any experience we go through in life we can choose to edit it, change the lighting, angles, and turn it into whatever we want. The way we perceive anything that is incoming is all dependent on the lenses we choose to wear. The way we choose to view things will dictate and help guide the experiences we have in life.
An example of this is in the episode called The Secret of Luck by Derren Brown. TLDW (too long didn’t watch) In this episode Derren Brown conducts an experiment on an entire village. He creates a fake story about a lucky dog statue. More importantly, you meet a butcher named Wayne. Wayne mentions that he is the most unlucky individual, and nothing good ever happens to him. Derren stage a series of opportunities for Wayne that if he were to simply engage he would be the winner. Few examples are the chance for him to win are:
- A scratch card that would give him a free TV
- A market research survey that would give him 20$ if he gave the name of 5 different cuts of beef.
- Placing 50$ bill on the floor on his path, that if he looked down it would be in his possession.
Looking at this you can realize that our perceptions of what goes on in our life is heavily dependent on the lense we have on. In the above example Wayne has told himself for years he was unlucky, that forced to view the world in a lense where great opportunities were far and few. Making a small shift in how we choose to view the world we can change our experiences and response to what happens to us.
Watch below a quick summary of the above experiment.
The One Thing by Gary Keller
“Not everything matters equally, some things matter more than others”
Out of the entire book, the above quote to me was the most impactful.
That quote was the biggest take away for me from the book. When we make the decision to be productive our first step is to create a to-do list. The downside of having a list is that everything on there holds equal value. When in reality if we break it down, some of the things on our list are more impactful than others.
One thing I have started doing with my lists is to add stars next to the most important tasks. And to get those done first. Prioritizing your list will help bring down the stress anxiety you have as the day goes on. With the most important stuff completed every other task is a breeze.
What I’ve Learned
Virtual Reality (VR) For Sensitivity Training
In the Podcast Venture Stories the topic of AR & VR came up. They talk about the difference, the uses, and the advances in both VR(Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality). Overall great conversation. What stood out to me most was that when using it VR creates a feeling of empathy in the person. The company Vantage Point is using VR as a tool to train people on Sexual Harassment and Sensitivity training. Through the use of VR, it helps people to understand what it’s like to be in uncomfortable situations. Seeing it through the other person’s eyes gives you a whole new perspective. Understanding the other persons’ perspective is HUUUGE!!! That alone will help humans to better connect with one another.