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We all do it.  But we often don’t admit it.  We are unreasonable.  So we have to trick ourselves into doing things that are good for us.  Self-deception helps people climb mountains.  It helps them move mountains.  Self-deception is a key component of almost every important act.  This simple belief that you could even do something so phenomenal is self-deceiving.  Paradoxically, it is only when we deceive ourselves, and tell ourselves that the impossible can be done, that we accidentally figure out how to do what we should not be able to do.  The impossible.  So self-deception is key to changing reality, to making the impossible possible.

Self-deception can also help you get your dishes done.

Do you want to change the world?  Do you want to clean your room?  This book is for you.

Even if you don’t want to do anything, I am deceiving myself by saying that this book is for you.  And therefore, it must be.

Make sense?

Don’t think about it.  And it will.

Now get reading, and you will be able to do the impossible.

And when you do, don’t blame it on me.

 

Why post a blog in this format?

A blog is not normally posted all at once in its entirety. Normally a blogger posts at regular intervals–daily, weekly, monthly–or at random intervals. One problem, however, that you run across in this form of posting is that if you’re posting a sequence of articles, to read the articles in the sequence in which they are posted, you must go to the first article, and then go backwards to the second article. It is not the way we are used to reading. We are used to starting at the beginning, and reading until we get to the end. We are not used to having to jump around.

So when I decided to post this book as a blog, I decided to do something different. I posted the whole thing in one day, last chapter first, so when all the chapters were posted, they could be read in a logical order.

Rick Walton (that’s me) is the author of over 80 books for kids. He is also involved in far too many projects to describe here, of such a variety that he is going crazy. If you read around on my blogs, you will discover what some of those projects are. They are pretty interesting. If you are an editor and would like to acquire this book, let me know. There are also sequel possibilities.

I can be reached at rick@RickWalton.com.

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