Jedi Life Hacks Series: Part 1

Hey Freedom Hunters,

I’ve decided that I would start a series of the best life hacks out there. Whether it’s psychological, physical, or just ways to do things in a more successful manner, I will add them. These will be kept short and straight to the point.

To start off the first post, I will give you 3 life hacks. I can’t guarantee anything, but after enough of these you might start acting like Yoda.

1. How to make someone do something they don’t want to do

To some this might sound manipulative, but it’s not. Like any tool, it can be used in a good or a bad way, depending on what your intentions are.

If you want to get someone to do something they don’t want to do, give them a choice between doing it two different ways. Make sure one way is easy, one way is hard. This way, it makes them feel like they’re still in charge, even though you’re the one telling them what to do. People don’t like to jump through hoops without having a choice in which hoop to jump through.

Lets say for example you have kids. If you want them to do something which they have a hard time doing,  give them a choice. Say, “Do you want to brush your teeth in the kitchen, or in the bathroom?” then they feel like they still have some control of what they’re doing.

2. A person’s name is the most pleasing sound to them

I picked this up from reading How To Win Friends and Influence People. This isn’t so much of a hack, but a little tip that no one really knows, but it’ll make a big difference when you’re getting to know or interacting with someone. It makes people more comfortable with you.

When you hear your name called out, doesn’t it just sound nice? And sometimes you’ll meet someone who’ll use your name every time they talk or mention you. It makes you like them more because it gives the impression that they’re genuine and caring, and adds brownie points to your survival (comes from back in our tribal days).

Also, your name is part of your core identity, and there’s a story around it. So your name simply validates your story, or your existence. You are more than just another person, you have a name.

3. The power of silence in a conversation

In any conversation – the ability to be comfortable with silence is important. Learn how to get comfortable with pauses, and control that urge to always fill in the gap.

This lets the other person try and fill the gap, if they start feeling uncomfortable. This will make you seem like you’ve got it together. This helps during thing such as business deals as it makes the other person see you as if you know what you’re doing and competent in your job.

Additionally, if you’re being sold something, the silence will really test how sure the salesperson know what they are talking about. The person most comfortable in silence is always the better negotiator.


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