Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

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Hey there!

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-50s that I learned a valuable lesson about why people do bad things.

And when I learned this lesson, it helped me forgive someone who I’d pretty much hated all my life.

This lesson is so simple, and so powerful.

Hope this helps!



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  1. My research into murderers for my character for the TV series I’m in reflected the things you mentioned here. I learned that murderers never develop proper coping mechanisms, which is just another way of saying they have limited menu items to choose from and those choices are probably all bad. Thanks for the video David.

  2. The remark about those who never completed their education doing great things anyway particularly hit home. Did you know that Thomas Edison was ejected at sixth grade because, they said, he was incapable of learning? I had a great-uncle who had the exact same treatment. He made a real name for himself in technology in his day, working with Dr. Lee DeForest of vacuum tube fame, and was instrumental in the development of television. My grade school teachers would probably have been very glad to be rid of me, too! I’m sure I drove them nuts. When I myself didn’t finish college, I took comfort in knowing these things, and became a self-taught engineer, even obtaining the title of “Member of Technical Staff”—a title usually reserved for degreed engineers. If you are determined not to let your circumstances hold you back, they won’t. No excuses. Get out there and make it happen!

  3. Years ago when he was only twenty-five, I took Tony Robbins’s first “Fear Into Power” class and did the Firewalk. Twice. First in July. Then again in August. It was astonishing how I could walk on bare coals and only get a small blister when I didn’t believe they were hot and looked down for a second and broke the spell Tony had us under. Poor Arthur D. wasn’t able to believe and was in the hospital for six months with badly burned feet.

    I will never forget what Tony told us during the course and try to remember it every day: “People do the best they can with the resources that they’ve got.”

    I think your story is another way of saying the same thing, and I look forward to the day when everyone can understand that.