When People Are Driving in Circles, They’ll Pay a Toll to Take Your Exit

John Locke

“As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.” – John Locke, Born Aug. 29, 1632.

People are not that different. We all think we are unique snowflakes, but humanity is a blizzard.

While there are always exceptions, we are built the same way, and we have similar lives. Routine. Settling. Sacrifice. Stubbornness. Self-doubt.

But we bear it alone and we think our troubles are exclusive and special. No one who hasn't walked a mile in our shoes can possibly understand us!

But we all walk the same miles, in really similar shoes.

This makes it easy to guess what a person's secret inner struggle is like.

When you do, it hits them like a shot to the heart when you guess right, because you're calling out secrets that they never speak of.

They feel an immediate connection to you, because they feel you are connected to them.

But it's just guessing.

Here are a few guesses I can make about you, dear reader:

Hey, you're stifled at work.
You're dissatisfied at home.
You're stressed about money.
You're lonely when you're alone.
You're disappointed with yourself for not being more responsible.
You'll give yourself a break though, because you deserve it.
Not like those colleagues, relatives, coworkers, outsiders you hate.

Etc. etc.

I feel you. I see you. I hear you. Maybe no one else does, but I do.

And that's why I wanted to talk to you today…

About what? Something to buy, probably. Trust me, you'll feel better.

5 thoughts on “When People Are Driving in Circles, They’ll Pay a Toll to Take Your Exit”

  1. Great, powerful insights. People buy for emotional reasons (80%) and jusyify with logic (20%) …to your point. Will be taking your 3 emotional points and working them into my copy materials. Thanks
    Ps your's is one of the few emails i regularly read.

  2. Shaquille Dhanji

    Enjoyed the email. Follows what I think is a trend among your advice which is to identify with the feelings that drive action/thought/behaviour in an audience and then write from there. 🙂 will give it a go!

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