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(Sorry! Missed a couple days. I won’t let you down again, friend.)

 

This post may blow your mind. If you interact with negative people–even by accident–on a regular basis, then this might be useful to you. I’m no expert in music publishing yet, but I am aware that certain things can prevent you from publishing a big hit.

In Lord of the Flies, William Golding writes about a group of kids who crash landed on a deserted island. In this setting, he shows us how kids–and therefore people–interact with others on a deep, reptile level.

I like the quote that follows because it shows us something about ourselves that we can really learn from. Something that, once we learn to see this in life, we can work around it a little bit more.

 

In this section, Roger sees Henry playing in the sand. Standing behind a palm tree, some nuts hang above him, shake, then fall around him. This gives him an idea.

“Roger stopped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry–threw it to miss… Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policeman and the law. Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that new nothing of him and was in ruins.”

This little piece shows us two things at once:

  1. It shows us how civilization has beaten down our dark side
  2. It shows us how civilization has beaten out what we want in life

Naturally, the first helps us out. It stops someone else from beating us senseless to see if we have any money on us (most of the time). It stops some really dark stuff from happening.

But what about the second one? I’d like to think that the people around us have very specific ideas of what they want us to be.

  • Our parents want us to grow up and get a good job.
  • Our friends want to feel special, so if you do something new, they’ll call everything we want to do “Stupid,” “Retarded,” or they’ll say, “Oh, that’ll never work.”
  • Our boss, should we choose a job, wants us to shut up and do it the way it’s always been done; he doesn’t want us to rock the boat

If you’ve read Lord of the Flies, then you’ll know that Roger does become evil and knocks this fat kid, Piggy off a cliff. We probably don’t want to do that, but you’ll probably want to do something like publish a great song that gets you $50,000 in revenue each year.

Yet, Civilization seems to keep us at least 6 yards away from our positive target, too.

 

So how do we avoid civilization’s conditioning? How do we start throwing rocks that actually hit the target–in the good sense?

There’s a couple ways that seem to work for me at the moment–I haven’t achieve success yet, but the following list can help you. It might seem like a stretch, but if we want to get past civilization telling us we’re wrong for going after something we want, then you might want to try this:

  1. In Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, he says to hold an imaginary counsel with those you admire; this will put the qualities you want from them into your own self
  2. In Napoleon Hill’s Master-Key to Riches, he suggests holding a counsel with the “Eight Princes” (similar to the one above… but helps you make your emotions better, more empowering)
  3. We can constantly read what will make us stronger
  4. We can believe something like, “Whenever [Person X] interacts with me, it means that she hates me or feels indifferent to me; anytime she’s quiet or stays away, it means she loves me.”
I’ve made this a study of mind, but if try out the above four things, you’ll notice a big difference in how you see the world.
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