Monday, April 23, 2018

'The Edge' - your Intuition

The very best didn't get there by accident.

The best have a different way of thinking and acting in their daily lives. And it's not enough to just to succeed - they also have an uncontrollable desire - the desire to get better.

The good news for the rest of us is that success leaves tracks. Michael Heppell has spent his life studying successful people, attempting to distil what it is that the very best do that others don't. He's interviewed entrepreneurs, personalities and leaders from politics to education. He's studied the daily habits of the elite and during this time he's uncovered what they do that gives them 'The Edge'. By identifying and distilling this knowledge you'll discover how you can use this same insight.

Click here to Look Inside 'The Edge'

It's time to find your Edge.



In the past I've been criticised for making concepts too complicated or too easy. 'Too much detail.' 'Not enough depth.' So let's just say from the off that though I am writing this book 'The edge' for you I don't know you. I don't know how much depth or detail you want so I've written it in a way that will give you lots of information but in short bursts rather than pages and pages of detail. the reason for this is that I've made an assumption. The assumption is that you don't have a lot of time. I want to respect that, so I'll do my very best not to repeat the same point or illustrate an idea with a further six stories that only slightly differ from the last. if you want to find out more, you'll find out more, and that's why I've made it short and snappy.


I also know that you want to find your Edge quickly and that one of your overriding passions is to make your life better. Some of the ideas here, then, are very simple. In fact you may read them and wonder how they'll help you to find your edge when you already know that! here's the thing: for every ten people who read The Edge there will be ten different opinions of what's basic, advanced, easy or hard. So when you do find one of those sections where you already know it (and you will), take a step back to check in on how well you're performing in that area right now.

One of the key characteristics of people with the Edge is this ; they are open to new ideas and concepts first - they'll do the detail later. (continue reading Page 8 -10)

Page 11. Instinct, Intuition and Insight.

Page 19.
some of his ideas made absolute common sense. I'd like to think I would automatically apply them in a survival situation. Others were much more subtle, such as tuning into smells and how to know when it's actually best to get rid of your weapon. What was most interesting was his belief that intuition can be learned. He would drill into soldiers, 'What are you feeling during an exercise?' 'Why didn't it feel right?' Sometimes they knew exactly why, other times they couldn't put their finger on it, but it felt as real as pages of data. On one field exercise he would encourage soldiers to predict when they would be infiltrated by an outside group. Some were able to do this well but didn't know how they did it. On closer examination it came down to sound and smell. After three days in the field the smell of a clean person can travel for miles. Alteration in birdsong and the slightest ambient change can be felt. Being able to identify, tap into and fine-tune  these signs helps Special forces to develop their intuitive nature to the next level.

  one of the most famous examples of intuition occurred in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. A massive accident had occurred but it was hidden around a bend. Before the marshals has a chance to stop the race two other cars had ploughed into it. racing legend and undoubted Edgar Juan Manuel Fangio rounded the bend next, but something caused him to avoid the crash and go on to win the race. Fangio was one of the greatest drivers if all times, winning five world championships and still holds the highest percentage of wins in Formula One. When he was asked why and how he knew he needed to reduce his speed he put it down to intuition. In Fangio's case, this was ...

(Page 20) ... based on his years of experience combined with a brilliant brain which was able to decipher minute details that other drivers would have seen but failed to interpret.

  As he approached the corner he noticed there was some thing different in the crowd of spectators. instead of seeing thousands of blurred faces he noticed darkness where the pink of faces should have been. His deep intuition instantly registered that the crowd weren't looking at him but at what was ahead of him, and he instinctively knew that this meant they must be looking at something serious, so he slowed down. He reacted in a fraction of a second, travelling at well over 100 mph while racing on one of the most difficult circuits in the world. Incredible.  

Report: Fangio escapes the pile-up.

Monaco Grand Prix 1950

Eight days after Nino Farina's victory in the inaugural World Championship race at Silverstone, Juan Manuel Fangio, who was to dominate the sport for the next seven years, eased to a win in a race marred by a first-lap pile-up.
Fangio qualified on pole and that proved vital as he was able to avoid the carnage behind him, caused when Farina skidded on the part of the road soaked by the sea at Tabac Corner after a manic start. In the resulting melee, eight others were put out and by the end of the second lap only nine of the 19 starters remained and the tracked was soaked in spilt fuel.
Only Fangio and Luigi Villoresi escaped the chaos, but as Fangio came round again he became aware of yellow flags waving. "The spectators … were not looking at me leading the race but the other way," he said, and instinctively raised his hand to warn drivers behind him of the danger.
Arriving on the scene, Fangio found the track blocked and fuel spilling everywhere along with marshals desperately trying to clear the area. He leant out and gently nudged one of the crashed cars out of the way and continued. Villoresi and Alberto Ascari followed but none came close to catching Fangio who finished a lap ahead of Ascari.
Villoresi was forced out with a seized axle which allowed Louis Chiron to take third in his Maserati. Only seven of the 15 starters finished the three-hour-13-minute race.
Fangio's victory was overshadowed by the injuries sustained by his friend José Froilán González. González had damaged his car in the melee but had carried on, unaware that his fuel cap had been dislodged. As he braked for a corner soon after fuel sloshed into the cockpit and seconds later ignited. He leapt from the car and rolled over and over on the track, aided by spectators who ripped his burning shirt off.
Another Argentinean friend of Fangio's, Alfredo Pian, had also crashed and sustained a badly broken leg during the practice.
In a remarkable footnote, Fangio, who was due to race a week later in Monza, spent three days tending for his colleagues. He then had the seats removed from his Alfa Romeo road car and drove Pian to a orthopaedic hospital in Bologna. He then returned to Monaco and took González to a specialist burns unit in Italy.
Harry Schell's Cooper was the first rear-engined car to start in a championship race.

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 Perhaps the most exciting part of your intuition is how  naturally brilliant it is to start with. A simple study carried out  by university College London discovered that, in certain circumstances, by removing the opportunity to analyse a situation for too long and thus making it necessary to go straight to using intuition you are more likely to make a better decision.

You'll make better decisions using your intuition than trying to analyse under pressure.

The researchers demonstrated his by presenting subjects with 650 identical symbols on a screen. Amongst them they would place a single odd symbol. When each set of symbols flashed onto the screen the subject was asked to find the odd one and indicate if it was on the left- or right-hand side of the screen. Eye-tracking software followed the subject's eye movement. The length of time the images were shown was increased and decreased.

  Amazingly, researchers discovered a higher accuracy rate when subjects were given 'no scrutinizing time' -- i.e. a fraction of a second when their intuition took over -- compared to when they were given over one second and felt they had time to consider.

Edgers ( those who have the Edge) have brilliant intuition because they listen to it, feel it and question it every day. They trust their instinct and know that invariably it is correct. The more often they use their instinct, the more finely tuned their intuition becomes. The more finely tuned your intuition is, the easier it is to make instinctive incisive decisions. The most important part of this virtuous circle is in its beginning.

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. --Billy Wilder.
Samuel "Billy" Wilder was an Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist whose career spanned more than five decades. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age.
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out. 
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.     
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. --Joyce Brothers
Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.    
Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.     
Eileen Caddy
Intuition is seeing with the soul.
Dean Koontz
The truth about life and lie about life is not measured by others but by your intuition, which never lies.     
Santosh Kalwar
I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
Kim Basinger
The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know why or how.     
Albert Einstein

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