Episode 107 – The Reality Distortion Field, Cognitive Bias And Mindset (Steve Jobs Proved Its Power)

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The Reality Distortion Field Might Look Like This. Or Not.

Steve Jobs was accomplished in the art of practicing the reality distortion field. I’m guessing it was an art. It’s not a science. Come to think of it, it’s not even real, or is it?

Today’s show is about something that one listener suggested, but quite a few others had encouraged in the past. For some reason I kept stalling to tackle the subject because frankly – I thought there was quite a bit of talk about it out here on the interwebs.


The importance of the topic didn’t escape me. But neither did the volume of discussions about it, including podcasts, videos, books and blog posts. I figured there surely must be enough content about this to satisfy the interest of most people. Perhaps I was wrong though. Maybe my own cognitive bias was hampering my own content creation.

This is exactly what happens when you ask your audience what they want though. They sometimes tell you. Among the most suggested topics, this was among the top ones listed. Mindset, self-talk, paradigm…these were among the ways listeners defined the topic.

Today’s show is about 45 minutes long. I hope it provokes some thought and creativity. Hey, it might even rile you up a bit, but I doubt it.

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Mentioned in today’s show:

Plato’s allegory of the cave
• False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
Mindset as defined by Wikipedia
Cognitive distortion as defined by Wikipedia
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Secret (a load of crock)
The Law of Attraction (another load of crock)


P.S. Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals. Good-bye, Tony La Russa!

St. Louis Cardinals - 2011 World Series Champions
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