A Path to Mastering Knowledge
Hey there, good morning. And welcome back to the blog. It is early in the morning, I wake up usually by four or 5am, largely because my cats wake me up not because I’m belonging to some kind of 5am Club, because I believe we work in cycles. But that’s not really the core thing I want to talk about today. I was sort of like spying on different people’s podcasts, what I like to do is I like to analyze the way people actually think. And the concept of this is known as epistemology.
In other words, you start to study a person’s knowledge. And by studying a person’s knowledge, you get a little bit more breadth and depth in terms of what they do. I got turned on to epistemology because of Robert Dilts. Now Robert Dilts is one of my trainers in neuro linguistic programming. So I’m trained in two different schools of NLP one is the hypnotic school by Richard Bandler. And the other one is the system school by Robert Dilts. And in my opinion, I think they merge very well, you know, that if you take things for granted, and the way your body is going to function as a system, but when you really, truly completely, and immersively, study the system, you end up becoming more conscious about everything. So I’m not saying it’s a good or bad thing to have any other school of NLP under your belt, I think it’s important to recognize where some of the core roots come from, and then you can break them all down into first principles of NLP, basically.
So for those of you who don’t really truly understand NLP, let’s dive into a little bit of it. The basis of NLP in my opinion, is just pure modeling. That’s why whenever I take a look at people’s interviews, for example, I tend to transcribe them, I tend to analyze them through a lens of language. And it is through the lens of language that gives me even more insight into the way they think, because I’ve been brought up in the school of neuro linguistic programming, most people say that your middle name is linguistic, right? Not psychology, okay. And the reason is, you derive a representation of people’s understanding through their thought patterns. And through the thought pattern, I can’t exchange brainwaves with you. But what I can do is I can exchange sound waves with you. And that’s precisely what we do. Even as you’re listening to this, you’re listening to some of the sound bites, which is so important, why I prefer to transcribe whatever it is that I’m saying, even if it’s ad lib, and then I put them on. So those of you who are NLP practitioners, master practitioners, you can take that transcript, utilize that, analyze that and then make a comparison with what it is that you’re already doing, right? It’s very powerful.
So I tend to do this because I find that it’s so much more powerful to dive into the unconscious mannerisms of other people. And again, another reason why this blog is adlib, because I also want to take a look at what I’m doing, and then figure out what I think about what I’m doing. So modeling is a strange concept, I think a lot of people tend to make it very shallow is like, “Oh, just model the other person”. And what they mean by model is, I’ll take all the surface structure, there’s a distinction between surface structure and deep structure.
So when somebody says, “The cat jumped off the table”, it basically means that you have no idea what I mean, they think they know what they’re talking about, but they have actually no idea. And the idea of modeling means precision, because you need to make smaller and smaller distinctions, which is, you know, one of the things that I’ve mentioned before is that when you’re running a marathon, the novice marathoner is going to be able to cut a lot of time, right from, I don’t know, eight hours for 42 kilometers, all the way down to three hours, but three hours is not an Olympic Qualifying time. Whereas those people who are struggling between two hours, 15 minutes, and two hours, 10 minutes, five minutes, takes years to build up your you’re trying to optimize every small little thing. That’s what I mean, the small little fine distinctions that you make in order to create an absolute work of art, I mean, just think about it artists, for example, the average artist doesn’t really have a huge amount of repertoire to, to to work on, right, they’re just creating things in blocks. Whereas really, really premium artists, they know how to make distinctions of mood, palette, color, you know, things like that, that enable that work of art to become really, really resonant with certain groups of people, right, and those who are following that particular genre, they end up becoming much, much better at identifying the quality of that particular arena, that particular genre of art, for example, likewise, in selecting stones, for example, right, for me, those of you who are familiar I’m there’s a nice little garnet, not sure they can see the color. But as a collector of gemstones and you know, I help a few friends to kind of like get their engagement rings done. I find that the person who knows how to dive deep into the distinctions in classifying stones in testing them, whether they’re synthetic, whether they are just misrepresented pieces of glass, things like that, it makes a very big difference. And expert is the one who can make really fine distinctions.
I discovered this when I saw a carpenter in my late teens, right? And he walked into a room and he said, Okay, this is 2.5 meters, I was going like, How the hell do you not even take out a measuring stick and know that this are a measuring tape, and know that this is two and a half meters. And it got ridiculous to a point where he could say, Oh, this is a 1.15 meters now 1.15, I can’t even distinguish whether there’s one meter or 8… 80 cm. So this guy was quite quite a well experienced carpenter. And he said, well, with experience, you can make that judgment call very easily, because you’re constantly shifting your perception about things. And I said, man, that’s awesome. Right? I know, that if I could do this kind of distinction in business, wow, I could distinguish between a good trade versus a bad trade, a good business partner versus a bad business partner, and so on and so forth. And it became so obvious to me that I was missing so many things, what am I not see, right.
And this is where I came into the study of neuro linguistic programming. My background also is in psychology and in accelerated learning. So I wanted to dive into this. But the problem with the world today is that there’s so much information, you really got to pick and choose the other day, I was just sitting down wondering, oh, my goodness, I’m kind of against like, on my learning, I think I better go pick up another hobby or something like that. Because for those of you who know me, I studied geology, I studied carpentry, I studied, I’m still studying a little bit of programming just for kicks. But no, seriously, I’m studying programming, because in the next five to seven years, it is going to be the norm. And I don’t want to be left out of that. So I’m, in a sense, constantly trying to drive myself towards new areas of learning, digest it, filter it out, and then, you know, create some results from it. So modeling is actually much more powerful than, you know what these surface modelers do. It’s not just copying a person’s landing page. It’s not just copying another person’s business model. It’s not just copy what they do or say, right? I know a lot of people go to ted.com, right, the TED Talk platform, and then they start modeling after the speakers as if you pick the structures, like, Oh, this person has seven chairs on a stage. So I’m going to follow using seven chairs on a stage, this person dressed up as a clown or was playing a banjo, so I must do those things. No, you need to categorize them more effectively. And I think one of the core elements in modeling is the ability to categorize really powerfully. So I came to recognize this when I noticed that there were some people who are very good at doing what they did. And they were able to categorically state their thoughts. I mean, what are categories, there are clusters of information, right?
So if you think about, and I did this amazing interview, you guys can check it out on my YouTube page with Kenneth Yu. And Kenneth and his wife, Laura have been longtime friends of mine, over the span of 13, 14 years now. And he’s an excellent copywriter, he knows how to shift the language in order to create an appealing way of thinking. And in my opinion, I think that makes for a very powerful doorway into the human mind. Because the moment you know how to engage with the human mind through words, then you know how to pull psychological levers, right? You become sort of like, like the puppet master, so to speak, which is the moniker that kind of used a long time ago.
But having said that, the idea of language being the conduit, when I say something like “the cat jumped off the table”, what I’m really saying is that I don’t know what color the cat is, I don’t know where the table was in relation to where I was I am I sitting at the table, or was I somewhere else away from the table? Was it directly observed by me? Or was it observed through somebody who told me that whom I’m now relating to that the cat jumped off the table? Did the cat even have four legs? Because that’s an assumption that we tend to make. Does … you know that at the end of the day, the deep structure is so much more robust in this information that when you miss that out and you don’t know the model to ask questions in order to elicit the necessary information, you’re just gonna get into generalities and then you’re gonna fail. And then you’re gonna say, oh, it didn’t work. Right.
Let me tell you one of the best failures that I’ve ever had was in bodybuilding. Right? So, for the life of me, I always thought that working out hard was the thing that got you to lose weight. And this was like seven years ago. And yeah, I tried to lose weight, I went running, lost some weight. And I figured, since I can lose weight using this approach, it must mean that it’s working for me. But no, I was just really very skinny. And I was eating stuff like refined carbohydrates and stuff like that, I was just getting myself into trouble. Because every time I felt hungry, I will go eat. And every time I got hungry, I would get angry, right, so hangry, so to speak. And over a period of time, I came to realize that just wasn’t working out for me. And working out no pun intended. So as I started my gym routines, and stuff like that, I ended up putting on a lot of weight, because I was just advised to eat a lot. Unfortunately, that didn’t really work out for me, I ended up putting on 10 kilograms at a point of time. So from 74 kilograms, I went up to 84.5, I was close to 85 kilograms. And that was a target that I thought was reasonable. But I put on so much fat, that it was really uncomfortable, even breathing, you know, the sensation of your gut. So I decided that we need to investigate some of this. So I went to model after a lot of people who are on YouTube, and start to study the processes by which they do certain things like, what’s the distinction you make when you’re doing a bicep curl versus let’s say, an a bicep curl using traditional grip versus a supinated grip versus a pronated? grip? hammer curls versus, let’s say, partials. Right. So there are so many different types of methods. And the terminology itself was a little bit confusing, to be honest at the initial stages. And after some time, I got used to the terminology. And this is one of the reasons why I can make clear distinctions. I’m not saying that I’m a fitness coach or anything like that. But I know enough to be able to make a difference for myself.
So at the end, I am modeling the language, the mindset, the framework, the structure of a person’s thinking. Now, in order for anybody to get an effective vocabulary to study with the, they’ve got to study the language patterns of NLP. And that’s going to take like a couple of days to even share. And it does take quite a long time to master I’m not saying I’ve had situations where I’ve taught people to uncover and to master in situ, all the language patterns, hypnotic or otherwise, within the span of about half a day. But that’s a very intensive program. And it requires very motivated people to do it. I know a lot of people would rather give up their freedom than to study the language patterns in NLP, because it’s it can be very dense to them. But remember, as a person was modeling like representations and language representations for that, I want to be able to get the secondhand information as close as possible because I can’t plug into your brain and use a USB download connection, the only way I can do is through the sound way. So I must be able to listen to your language, process that and understand the structure, which is in NLP, we call it the tots.
So I’m very fascinated by language. And I’m very fascinated by the way you say things that we do things. And while you might say certain things in a particular way, and you don’t know this, it is a benefit for me, because now I can detect more than the average person, I can learn by creating greater contrast. And I can understand the contrast more effectively than the average person. So I remember back in I think 2014 was it I can’t remember exactly when, but 2015, maybe Anthony Robbins came down to Singapore. And I was there attending, you know, the program. And it was quite fascinating to see that a lot of people were enamored by the motivation and the drive and energy in the room. I was just interested in what you were saying and why he was saying what he was saying. And as I started to track that, it became very obvious to me, what he was able to use as a sequence or structure became very obvious. And although of course, I’m not saying that he deliberately went to plant every single thing, but it’s because of the nature of his ability to do this on a consistent basis is obviously unconscious to him already, right. And if you went up to talk to him, he probably could teach you how to do it. It’s going to take a long time. But he’s somebody who studies other people. And because of that he knows how to explain to some people, some people, not all people, how he does what he does. Now, of course, everybody has got a different perspective on how Anthony Robbins does, whatever it is that he does, but it is consistent and is a certain pattern of behavior that can be replicated. So when I take a look at the average person, or when I attend the average gurus, average guru, what an irony I pay like $2,000 – $3,000, just attending a program, I don’t just immerse myself in the learning, I immerse myself in asking the question, what is the driver of that learning. And this is a very important meta conversation, if you really want to become good at learning and learn fast. I don’t just study speed reading, I study the processes behind speed reading, when somebody says they can finish reading a book in 10 minutes, I want to know how they did it. In fact, there are a lot of people who can read books in in 10 minutes, and most people don’t know where this plethora of information is what I do. Hint, Hint, that’s one of my core expertise, which is being able to read books in less than an hour digested and really come up with an opinion about it, so that I can either teach it or to refine it, you know, sometimes book authors approached me and I give them my ideas, hopefully, you are able to do this way ahead of time, so that I can give you ideas. Otherwise, if you’re going to launch tomorrow, and you want me to do like a review of your book, it’s going to be really tough, because I’m going to give you a lot of contrarian advice based on what you’ve already written. And, you know, be very good for your book launch. But in any case, the process of modeling is as such, I listened to a person I interview them, I get a sense of what they’re thinking, I get a sense of how they’re thinking. And I digest that I go through a very deep process of reflection, which is, by the way, a very important piece of the modeling framework. And then I start to piece them as jigsaw puzzles, attempt to rearrange them attempt to re categorize them, because one source of information can produce a huge amount of extra information beyond that. So it really depends on how you process that kind of information. And you create the information in a way that is unique.
As I mentioned, it’s about epistemology, and invest time, I’ll share another video on that. So I think we’ve shared quite a number of different things already listening to the language, understanding deep structure, creating categories, boiling categories down into first principles, applying principles to test them out into the real world. And that’s where you get results. And through those results, you can either build additional knowledge on top of it, by observing experts, and then, you know, testing and measuring your model with how an expert actually does what they do, and then finding additional nuances to actually expand the way you’re doing things. So while that is still generic, I know there’s a lot of surface structure there. Yeah, and those of you who are interested to find out a little bit more about NLP, I do have an apprentice program, I work one on one with my clients on an annual basis, click on the link down below, find out more a little bit, find out more about it by having conversation with me.
But overall, this entire video should be sufficient for you to get some insight into how I think and my philosophy of thinking about knowledge. Overall, I believe that everybody has the innate learning capabilities, I do believe that people have a limit to what they think they can do, because they have limiting beliefs and other kinds of limitations, limitations of values, and so on, just as I do, right, because as we push forward, we find limits of our boundaries of the model that we have inside our head. And I feel that my central mission in learning is to find ways to break that barrier. If you think that you’re bad at entrepreneurship. That’s not gonna bode very well, if you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re bad at sales, there’s gonna be terrible if you’re an entrepreneur and someone in business development. So in order for you to break out of that you need to study the way you’re thinking, and then utilize that in order to make clear goals and outcomes so that you can create a breakthrough.
Okay, So enough about that. I hope you benefited from this, you know, do give me some comments about what you thought about modeling and whether it was, I don’t know, too vague, and which parts of it was helpful. And let me know if there’s anything in greater detail that you’d like me to go into. Maybe I can give another you know, like part two of this whole thing. But do remember that there is an entire curriculum about neuro linguistic programming. And sometimes it takes a couple of years to really digest it become really masterful at it. So in any case, I hope you enjoyed it. Do like, subscribe, you know, register for my updates on my blog and I will see you in the next video.