Simplify to multiply

I don’t know why you want to improve your mind.

I don’t know whether you want to perform better in business, studies or on the field.

Or if you want to supercharge your career, as an employee or entrepreneur.

Or you simply want to live your full potential.

In any case, you can improve yourself in counterintuitive ways.

I got to thinking about this when my mind dug up something I haven’t thought about in ages:

Many years ago, I read an article from someone who had just upgraded their mobile phone.

Before the upgrade, they could make calls and send texts. And they’d text maybe twice a day, and call twice a week.

Then they got their new, fancy phone with (gasp) internet capabilities.

Now, they were on their phone all the time.

What confused and even troubled them was what this meant for their telco of choice.

Back when they barely used it, they paid (say) $30 a month.

Now they’re glued to it, they were paying around $40 or $50 bucks a month.

The economics of that can’t hold! Every phone provider has gone mad and is teetering on the brink of financial ruin!

… right?

Well, history shows it wasn’t so. That was a very good time to sell mobile phone plans.

So, what gives?

Were the older phone plans so overpriced, there was enough slack to handle this shift?

That’s likely, sure.

Were they making most of their profits from elsewhere – say, business plans as opposed to individuals?

Probably, but they weren’t making a loss on plans for individuals.

Was it simply economies of scale? More users, so they could make it up in volume?

That was probably a factor.

But one thing that really helped – at least, by my limited understanding of telecommunications – was what they did in the core networks.

Or what businesses would call the back-end.

The earliest mobile phones could make calls – barely.

Then engineers tweaked the signals to carry more data, which let them provide text messages and limited data. Enough for, say, basic news and weather apps.

But then the mobile internet started becoming a thing, so they had to build two networks – one for calls and texts, the other for their laughably rudimentary internet. Plus they had to get these two networks to talk to each other.

It was, I’m sure, a real hassle.

So when the next generation of technology came around, they integrated it all into one network. Calls, texts, data – all going through the same system.

The end user enjoyed faster, more reliable and better integrated services.

The telco enjoyed having one system to maintain, not two.

This, I would guess, helped them keep the price down while revolutionising what they offered.

Which brings me to your call-to-action:

There are places in your life and in your mind that could use a little of this.

Simplifying a process to create a more sophisticated output.

Consolidation, integration and streamlining, to remove the friction points in your thinking and actions. Some of it might involve your external circumstances – say, outsourcing your chores to free up your time.

And some of it will come from thinking hard about your own thinking.

This is your challenge: where in life can you simplify to multiply your results?

It’s an idea worth chewing vigorously over.

And by that I mean thinking outside your conscious mind.

Like, say, the sort of thinking you’ll quickly master when you learn how to use your whole mind.

Sure, you could muddle your way through this (and everything else) and get some answers.

But to get the best answers to questions like this – especially if you find it a little abstract – it pays to train like this:

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