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<h1>How to be useful to others</h1>
<small>2016-04-18</small>
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	(part of <a href="/d1">the “do this” directives</a>)
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<h3>1.
	Get famous.
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	Do everything in public and for the public.
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	The more people you <a href="/book/ShowYourWork">reach</a>, the more useful you are.
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	The opposite is hiding, which is of no use to anyone.
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<h3>2.
	Get rich.
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	Money is neutral proof you’re adding value to people’s lives.
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	So, by getting <a href="/book/HowToGetRich">rich</a>, you’re being useful as a side-effect.
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	Once rich, spend the money in ways that are even more useful to others.
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	Then getting rich is double-useful.
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<h3>3.
	Share strong opinions.
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	Strong opinions are <a href="http://musicthoughts.com/t/99">very useful</a> to others.
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	Those who were undecided or ambivalent can just adopt your stance.
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	But those who disagree can solidify their stance by arguing against yours.
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	Even if you invent an opinion for the sole sake of argument, boldly sharing a strong opinion is very useful to others.
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<h3>4.
	Be expensive.
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	People given a placebo pill were twice as likely to have their pain disappear when told the pill was expensive.
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	People who paid more for tickets were more likely to attend the performance.
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	People who spend more for a product or service <a href="/aopv">value it more</a>, and get more use out of it.
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	<a href="http://elvindantes.com/">Elvin Dantes</a> made <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UbixCFJ2DA">this great video</a>:
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