Borrowing From History: The Genisis of HERO

Strong Mindset tip: Borrow from history.

greek_statue_closeup_on_faceIn the fifth grade I had a terrific history teacher. Her name was Mrs. Smith.

She was amazing.

She had this great big hand-painted canvas map that hung on the wall covering the chalkboard.
She would dart about in front of it flailing her arms around enthusiastically and pointing
to it with her yard stick; all the while regaling us with stories about the travels of Marco Polo on the silk road to the Far East.

I was captivated.

I don’t know if it was just me but in later years, as I reached high school, my experience in the halls of higher learning seemed way more boring in comparison.

To this day, now over 50 years later, I never forgot Mrs. Smith. Never forgot my interest in history either in fact history, in an oblique way, infused my life’s work.

No, I’m not a history professor or an archivist but I am a researcher of sorts. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking at how a person’s mindset could be made stronger. I needed it for myself.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said “We must learn from history or we’re bound to repeat it”. I believe repeating it can be a really good thing but it has to be the right history. Now it my look like my position on this goes against conventional wisdom, so allow me to explain.

Years ago when as a young man I became involved in a business. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur but soon realized that pursuing success wasn’t as easy as it looked.  Although I tried to follow all the advice of the self-development “experts” it still didn’t get me much closer to where I wanted to go.

I thought there had to be a better way and eventually I had an epiphany: History – personal history to be exact – held the key.

History, I found out, has a strong truth element to it. If it didn’t it would not be history. It would only be a fable.  I learned that can study history from one of two different realms. One traditional and one… well, not so traditional. Most history is not about you and me. It’s about those who have gone long before us. It’s their story – all great stuff for sure – but their story is not yours or my story and never could be. we all have our own.

So I thought it’s more valid to spend my energies examining my own history but it had to be a specific part of my history.

Like a lot of people I wanted more success. So I decided to zero in on that one part of my history that detailed my own success footprint, if indeed such a thing even existed. Of course no organized tool yet existed for reverse-searching one’s own past successes in an organized and focused way so I had to invent one.

I knew it had to be more that just a list of accomplishments. For me, and most people I knew, that would be a tall order anyway. It always seems easier to look at others rather then ourselves.  Especially for me since I didn’t feel very accomplished nor successful at anything anyway.

Can you relate to that?

The format I eventually stumbled on was simple enough: Just recall times in the past when persistence was a factor in the doing of a task. I used a set of word keys to trigger different parts of my memory. I hoped that it would reveal something about how success happens. The standard theory as we all know it is that “success breeds more success”.

Just one problem.

Most of us seem to be able to recall our failures a hell-of-a-lot faster than our successes. And so it was with me.  But the word-keys that were assembled before me kept bringing me back to the detailing – often even begrudgingly – of my successes with the dominant theme of persistence. I’ll have to admit that all that searching was a lot of work.

Guess what? It turns out that, despite our failures, we’ve all had at least some successes in our life or we we probably wouldn’t be around today. We’ve all had to overcome at least some difficulties. That’s what made up the stories of how I learned to ride a bike, tie my shoe laces, and later on fix my own car. The stories I uncovered while using this new tool allowed me to clearly realize that I had indeed done a pile of great stuff. But then I experienced something else. The uplifting feeling of breaking through to accomplishment began to replay in my gut brain just as it had during the actual event even though it might have been years in my past!

It was pretty cool. I was experiencing my past success history as if it were happening now complete with all the trimmings: I felt increased self-confidence, especially in communication with others, I was feeling more relaxed and I laughed a lot more. (Today, my wife and I laugh and giggle at different times throughout the day for even the smallest of things.)

I noticed a lot of things had changed about me. For one thing I felt more powerful. I developed a mindset that was way more persistent than before.  It was somewhat the same with others that I had persuaded to try using my little word-tool.

Those results were so beneficial I decided to perfect my little invention which eventually – some 25 years later – is now known as the H.E.R.O.  eMachine. It’s an online virtual work-space where you’ll be guided to look at your own value in the rich mirror of your past accomplishments. It promises to increase your own self-belief and personal confidence tremendously.

You can find a full explanation of it here.

More power to you.

David's signature in what looks-like handwriting. Sort of.

 

NEWS: Is Head In The Sand The Best Position To Take?

The Negative News“Don’t watch the news!”
I’ve heard this advice before.  It was from mega-successful network marketer Mark Yarnell who authored several good books on that industry. He was saying things like ” Nothing ever happens anyway…”

Years ago I tried his advice myself and I did realize a lot more efficient use of my time. Of course I did get rid of my TV altogether so that had a lot to do with it.  The reception in my area was crappy anyway and what with building a new dairy business I was always quite busy with little time to sit in front of a boob tube.

But all that was before 9/11. Today the news seems to be a lot more full of all the gritty stuff folks just love. It gives them stuff to talk about but, in reality, you’d better avoid in order to preserve your positive mindset. I understand that.

But is that the best or the only option? Is all negativity something that we should be trained to avoid at all costs?

I think not.

Not because I like negative news – I don’t – but I realize that sensational news sells and that’s why there’s plenty of it.  Anything that get’s the emotions going sells.  We all know that. Purchases happen because the buying response is triggered by the emotions and then is immediately backed by logic. That’s marketing 101.

I don’t really care for it myself because it sounds manipulative but… that’s how things are.

We’re human.  We must live fully in the world good or bad. It’s not what we see or hear so much as what motivates us to act. If we are making choices based on how it looks we’re probably not going forward as we should.
My advice is to use the gut feel method to “see” if a decision is a good thing or not. It may not always work out to our satisfaction just then but perhaps later on we’ll see that it was for the best.

As for the news? It’s just information composed of letters and numerals which make up sounds and pictures. It’s ok to feel a well reported story emotionally but then engage your ability to detach quickly so that it remains “outside” of you.

(If you have trouble doing that then see this)

You are not the world.

You just live here.