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The book I was born to doubt

Oscillation Between Two Extremes

I used to say on a semi-regular basis, “In all areas of life, the answer seems to lie in the middle of two extremes.” I thought it to be a pearl nugget of ultimate wisdom. I now understand a deeper (and potentially superior) concept: in some areas of life, the answer can lie in a process whose average value is the center of two extremes, but the process itself comprises regular oscillation between the two extremes. For a mathematical demonstration of the concept, picture the graph of cosine(x). The average value taken to infinity is zero.

Types of Converts: Exploders and Rocks

There are generally two types of people who join a Network Marketing company or a faith. The first type is the “exploders”, these are the people who have a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm. Often, they also have a largeish network of friends and they have a certain level of credibility with those friends. Exploders do just that, their business, or faith, blows up and they get many converts right away. Most exploders however are unprepared for what comes next, which necessarily is leadership. Usually, exploders are carried on their excitement, and they are not ready to lead their converts when the time comes.

Cyclic Nature of Theory and Practice

Your lifelong process of development must occur in cycles. These cycles must progress in the following order until death: theory, practice, theory, practice, etc. If this concept does not change your life, you either already knew it (and hence understand and utilize it), or you just didn’t understand it fully upon reading it.