So for the last 6-7 months I have been using Modafinil and Armodafinil and I just want to briefly share my experiences. Lately I’ve switched to Armodafinil which is the more powerful form of Modafinil but for me doesn’t seem to have as many side effects as Modafinil. I’m not going to get into the differences other than Armodafinil lasts longer and is a bit less intense but is more powerful as you only need half the dose. I do however take much more than the recommended dosage as with both you build a tolerance. I do not see too many people taking as high a dose as me so hopefully I am not doing harm to my health. All in all I feel pretty good other than I do get dehydrated and constipated often. I do sometimes lose my train of thought but not in confusion rather it’s more like a short term memory glitch that comes and goes. The weird thing is that my concentration is better when it comes to work and I can keep track of conversations and tasks pretty easily. It’s just I’ve noticed that I will start talking about something and then lose the point or I will open a page on the computer and then have to close it and think about what I was looking for in the first place. My suspicion is that these episodes are mostly due to the fact that I am sleeping less and not eating well or exercising (just had a kid).
As far as productivity is concerned, I do most of my work at night due to the baby and I couldn’t get half the stuff done I need to if I weren’t using Armodafinil. It just plain helps and I can get into the zone of just grinding my work out. You also feel pretty good on the stuff too although that in and of itself is strange since sometimes you kind of get this anxious adrenaline feeling but you feel good at the same time. It’s not like speed but if something startles you I can definitely feel my heart jump faster and beat harder.
The other thing also that I noticed is that with Modafinil I would have periods where I would get angry. I don’t get that with Armodafinil. But with both of them you kind of get these visual hallucinations. It’s more like you see something moving outside the window or out of the corner of your eye. It’s not a full hallucination but it is something that your body reacts to that isn’t there. Once again this could be due to having less sleep. Anyway…I’ll keep you posted. Hopefully I will be transitioning out of one job and into another instead of having to do both and I can cut down the smart drugs and get back to a more healthy lifestyle. For now though it is helping me make that transition faster for sure.
So you wanna know why people are addicted to their phones? Well it has to do with the way habits are formed in the brain. That device you are staring at has just as must addictive power as heroin and for some people the withdrawals are even the same!
Now don’t think I’m preaching from my high horse, I’m not. I’m just as guilty as the rest of you but I have actually researched why it’s so hard for people to put down the phones.
The first thing to know is that your smart phones are actually rewiring your brain in many many different ways. Think about what it does to your critical thinking to have the supposed answer to whatever question you have right at your fingertips. And, with instant access to so many pages of people saying the same thing on whatever topic you happen to be searching for, and your critical reasoning goes right out the fackin’ window. After all if you see 18 pages all saying similar things then that must be the truth.
The other thing is that the screen is replacing your internal visual processes. Your ability to actually create and hold pictures in your head weakens and in fact you develop a type of ADHD where you just go from one thing to another. This is one of the main reasons why smartphones are so addictive.
The thing that makes smartphones so much worse than just logging onto the internet and surfing is because of the ease of access and the way you access the internet with your phone. There is a little bit of a buffer to the addictive-ness of the internet from a desktop because of the fact that you have to sit down, turn on the computer and then surf. Sure most of the time it’s just moving the mouse and the screen comes on but you still have to sit down and you can’t take the screen with you.
With the smartphones this ain’t so. You take it out of your pocket wherever you are at, click a button or tap the screen and now you are surfing. You are swiping the pages and your brain is getting tons of visual information second after second. This is the dangerous part. Read more
So as you know I’ve been experimenting with smart drugs a bit and the newest one is amiracetam. Now this one you don’t need a prescription for so I ordered a couple bottles. I’m gonna get right to the chase on this. First, there is a lot of info on how one should take this with choline (which some consider a nootropic as well). So I also ordered a bottle of CDP choline.
The recommended ratio dosage is 4 amiracetam to 1 CDP choline. So that is what I did. Now as a disclaimer I have only been on these for about 3 days and here is my experience. First I felt a bit anxious and as the day went on I was extremely tired. I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. No bueno. For a drug that’s suppose to improve your cognition I can’t say it’s doing a very good job. Read more
Hey guys I wanted to talk briefly about something I’ve been researching lately and it has to do with the subject of ‘smart drugs’. If you’ve ever seen the movie Limitless then you know that it is about a drug that unlocks the untapped portions of the brain and makes you smarter than everyone else on the planet. Since I’ve always been involved and fascinated with the human potential I decided to investigate it myself and here’s what I’ve found…
Is the Limitless Pill Real?
Honestly I would say that maybe a select few in the world have it but it’s probably not as effective as it is in the movie, AND if it is, the people who have it will never share it! But there are actual ‘smart drugs’ available to all of us ordinary ‘Jones’es’.
This is something that has been on my mind a little bit lately. I think it’s an important human tendency that is often misused and and at the same time underused in the right areas. Getting payback on someone that has wronged you or even that you have perceived has wronged you can be quite cathartic. Whether it is an ex who broke your heart, former business partners who used you and stole from you, or that boss that constantly holds his position over your head with the threat of firing you, wanting to even the scorecards is a very common human condition. And I would argue a very necessary one.
I’m not advocating getting revenge physically or doing something petty but I’m also not advocating beating yourself up too bad if you do do something that may possibly be frowned upon by society (just don’t hurt anyone or do anything illegal). Really, I would argue that giving back a little of what has been given to you is actually necessary for the long term health of your psyche. I want you to really think about that because I know there are things done to me in my younger days that still affect me. Especially now that we have Facebook and we can look upon our perpetrators anytime we want. Heck, the internet gods might even be throwing their continued charmed lives in your face every time you log on. Hard to get them out of your mind when they keep popping up in your friends photos.
Now I want to share a personal story with you. Years ago I was victimized by a group of guys in my school. It started in the sixth grade and these guys beat me up on an almost weekly basis until tenth grade. Well that might be exaggerating a bit but it did happen more often throughout those years then I would like to remember. The problem was not only was I getting beat up and picked on, but the ring leader was my cousin. Our families weren’t really close but still, we are related by blood (pun intended). Unfortunately this little son of a bitch was also very popular and he knew how to get people to like him and follow him. I was no exception. Sometime in the seventh or eighth grade he decided he wanted to be friends. Needless to say I jumped at the chance even if it was just an effort to stop getting jumped. Read more
In the last post we talked about using Reverse Psychology and now I want to talk about another cool thing that I use both in business and everyday conversations. Some people call it Eliciting Their Criteria. We talked about it as being used in a buying context or in how people use it to make decisions and take action. So now let’s look at how to use it in other everyday things like getting a drink at a crowded bar or getting better service at a restaurant.
Now my buddy who lives in Waco showed me this. He actually uses it in his business (www.bestwacotreeservice.com) when he sells his tree service. Basically he said he looks for signs on what someone responds to. When you use it in sales you ask a bunch or questions to get an idea of what your prospect responds to positively and then you match that back to them when you give your presentation.
Anyhow we went out for drinks a few years ago and the places we went to were really crowded. Needless to say I was having a hard time getting the bartenders to take my drink order. Every time it was my turn to get us a drink it seemed like it was taking twice as long as it took my buddy. After like the third time waiting for me he finally said, Jones come with me and I’ll show you how to get the bartenders to notice you.
On the way over to the bar he told me how every person is different and every bartender is different. When the bar is full and they are busy they get into whatever personal work mode they need to, to do their job. In essence they get into their own particular zone and they tend to respond to people based upon what they feel they are most comfortable with. For example he explained, some bartenders respond to people who raise their hands to get noticed, while others it might be someone who yells loudly at them, or it might be someone who stands right in front of them while they’re making the drinks or who stand in some other particular spot. And it may be any combination of these things and more. Read more
Man…so I love this subject. I do different work for various businesses as well as some copy writing and I needed to do a page for a company that does web design and some seo stuff. So in this company they work with people like plumbers, electricians, roofers and such. Anyway the guys they work with get pitched website and seo stuff all the time so they came to me and asked me to write something up as to how they are different.
Now I had to do some digging but I found out the company only works with one company in one market at a time so it doesn’t end up competing with itself and its other clients. Not only is this genius it is also pretty integrous. This was exactly the approach I ended up using and it actually is a pretty common sales technique and just a plain old everyday thing you do with your kids. Reverse Psychology.
Now what I did was I wrote about how this company seems to do what everyone else does but with a twist. And it’s with that twist that you turn the tables on your prospect and you get them to qualify why you should work with them rather than them deciding to work with you. What I did is say that this company only works with one company at one time in one niche in each marketplace and that each company they decide to work with needs to satisfy certain criteria. The reason is that what this company does is extremely effective and will work but it will only work for one ‘chosen’ company.
I’ve done this in the past personally when I was dating. Usually girls like to make you jump through hoops just to go out with them so I liked to turn the tables. Simply by acting like I could take them or leave them and painting a picture about how women usually misrepresent themselves and how I’m looking for a certain type of girl that qualifies and before I knew it they would be throwing themselves at me.
Remember this, whoever is more willing to walk away is more likely to get the better deal. Or if you like, whoever is more willing to walk away has the power. Check out this youtube video on Reverse Psychology in Sales. It’s pretty cool.
So some of the things I’m going to go over in this blog are going to be just some of the things I’m interested in. For example, most people don’t know that I am absolutely obsessed with how the mind works. I love to look into things like hypnosis, sales psychology, nlp, and motivation strategies. One of the things that really gets me going is finding out HOW other people get going. Not necessarily the things they are passionate about but the things that they do on the inside to make up how they feel about the things they are passionate about and the things that they do on the inside that helps them take action.
It might be cliche but people really are as unique as snowflakes. I don’t mean that in a woo woo feel good sense but I mean that in a way that people’s unconscious thought strategies are so different. Realizing this was really an eye-opener for me. Most people tend to think that people tend to think like them and they have a hard time realizing that people just think differently. Sure we can share ideals, ideas, and values but if we were to really pull back the hood we would realize that absolutely everyone thinks in a way that is different from our own. Read more