Monday, March 1, 2010

Comfort Challenges

I've already read The 4-Hour Workweek and think it's great. Now, I'm going back through the dog-earned pages and am going to start applying more of the principles from the book, starting with the Comfort Challenges.

There are eight of these, and I will be going through each one, and blogging about my experiences with each. And maybe supplying some photos and videos in the process.
  1. Develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, both for yourself and for others. Also learn to eye gaze at total strangers.
  2. Learn to propose - offer a solution!
  3. Ask for at least 2 phone numbers a day from strangers from the opposite sex
  4. Use "no" ("I really can't - sorry...") as your default answer to all requests.
  5. Use the Criticism Sandwich. First praise a person for something, then deliver the criticism, and then close with topic-shifting praise to exit the sensitive topic.
  6. Find Yoda. Call at least one potential superstar mentor per day for three days. Have a single question in mind, one that you have researched but have been unable to answer yourself.
  7. Rejecting First Offers and Walking Away. Negotiate always for much lower prices. Reply to first offers with "What type of discount can you offer?" Furthermore, negotiate near closing time, choose your objective price, bracket, and make a firm offer with cash in hand for that amount. Practise walking away if your objective price isn't met.
  8. Relax in public. Once per day, simply lie down in the middle of a crowded public place at some point - give no explanation at all. Get used to acting outside the box.

Some of these, I already have done, but I'll try to do them again. Except for the last one. I did that at the flea market and loved it. But I can't think of anything I want to pay for right now, so unless that changes, I'll write about my experience with that.

Each assignment is about two days long. So keep checking back.

Have you done these assignments? Did you learn anything from them?

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