There’s three types of people in this world.
Well, there’s actually all kinds of types, and you can categorize people in pretty much any way you like. People that wear hats, and people who don’t.
People who eat chicken, and those who don’t. People who believe Elvis is still among us, and those who don’t.
My favorite classification is from one of those old spaghetti westerns, when Clint Eastwood’s character was telling his buddy, Tuco, that there are two people in this world:
“Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.”
I suppose that could be a metaphor for armed governments, and the rest of us slobs who’ve got to work for a living.
But the three distinctions I talking about are a bit more interesting. What are the three types of people?
The very small minority who make things happen.
A slightly larger minority who watch things happen.
Then everybody else, who stands around going, “What happened?”
The massive unending evolution of history is stuff happening. Changes, shocks to the system, inventions, and everything else.
But when you take a huge step back, and “go meta” as they say in NLP, it’s really the same stuff happening again and again.
Same structure, different content.
Understanding human behavior can make it a lot easier.
Knowing how people react to change can make it a lot easier to understand.
After all, somebody living 500 years ago has the same basic triggers that folks have today.
We’re all motivated by the same things. Whether we’re alive five hundred years ago, or five hundred years from now.
Knowing what these triggers are, and how they operate, can give you a huge advantage.
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