MIND (8 of 10) - Calibration, Clinginess, Scarcity, Morning Wisdom, Authority, Analysis Paralysis

***ALWAYS BE CALIBRATING*** Calibrate your message to the audience. Use audience-appropriate humor and references. Make yourself understood in any context, as best you can. Despite all your quirks and hang-ups, you can manage to communicate with almost anyone. Never drop the ball and stand in the corner, ashamed. The impetus is on you to prove you can communicate, not on the other person, no matter their level of intelligence or willingness to understand you. Calibrate yourself for the context where you find yourself. Dress appropriately, discuss appropriate topics, don't wear your quirkiness on your sleeve or face. Act normal. Don't be ridiculous.

Look and act like an adult, but NEVER EVER lose your sense of childish wonder!

Don't be clingy. Know when you're wanted and when you're not. Goes for friends and GF/BF, colleagues, etc.

Make yourself scarce. Too much exposure or presence in a context makes you easily dispensable. Arrive fashionably late, even to your own b-day party. Build social cache by being the most emotionally intelligent person in the room, in all rooms. Work the room based on the vibe you feel. Force yourself, if necessary. Useful habit.

Be the expert, the go-to-guy for some things, whether or cool bars around town or health tips or anything truly useful. You'll always be in demand.

The morning is wiser than the night. Sleep on it before acting, if really agitated/angry.

Have the balls to question authority, but only insofar as authority is built on suppressing contrary or unsuitable ideas. Always have your ideas and if you don't quite yet, develop them.

Question authority intelligently, but not just for the sake of a movement or a whim. Understand that all authority is based on flow of information. Gain access to the information and the authority is suddenly not as strong.

Always read multiple sources to get a more profound, multi-faceted sense of an issue.

Remember and analyze your dreams. There's more substance and self-analysis in there than you think. Don't over-extrapolate, though. It's still an imperfect output to analyze.

***AVOID ANALYSIS PARALYSIS***Actions are much more important than words (excuses, justifications, biased analysis). For many important things in life, you'll have to do first and question later.

Set goals for personal and professional development daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Track your progress as carefully as you can. Write down your thoughts, ideas, misgivings and complaints regularly. Keep a diary by hand in a notebook, not on a computer or phone.

Writing with a pen in a notebook helps is the best way to capture the wealth and variety of your thoughts in a short period of time. It's the most personal and meaningful. No computers or phones or tablets unless strictly necessary. Even your brain works differently when you write on a physical page than any other way.