1. Awareness of Life

Step 4. Differentiating mental activity from thinking

How I started on the path of success.

Intro into The Mechanics of Thinking

Welcome reader!

Welcome to a new chapter of your life. 

Welcome to the unknown.

First of all, I want to congratulate you for having the strength to open and start reading this post.

Most people don’t. But you want something. You want to be better. You are within 1% of the population. Congratulations! 

Important: Take a moment to congratulate yourself for every small step that you made towards knowledge and towards climbing the ladder of life and implicitly your success and happiness.

Remember this:

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Lao Tzu

It wasn’t me who said it.

It was Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, and writer. So I imagine that that was (one of) his life philosophy (philosophies). 

So he spent his entire life then, creating some philosophies and then he decided to share them. 

And as more and more people shared them, because it impacted them, because it created a greater impact in their life, now you are sharing them. So this means that truth prevails. Every time. It’s the natural law.


I have learned to dissect everything to the most fundamental truth. Only from there, and by checking multiple sources, I can draw my own conclusion. I’m dissecting life to the absolute natural law. 

Start doing it! 

It’s hard, you don’t know why? That’s where I come in. 

A life explorer. A person who researches life. A person who has gathered knowledge about life.

A person who inevitably knows more about life compared with someone who doesn’t search for life (because he’s busy working from 9-5. Monday to Friday). I’m talking about the average person. 

Hey, I’m also working!

But I’m working to strive to the max. I’m working to learn. I’m working to win. And I’m getting there. In every aspect of my life. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing the things that I do.


By the end, you will experience what I have gathered so far in my journey through life.

INFO: If you want to better understand what I’m explaining in this book, it’s easier if you gather together in a group, with your friends, with your family and discuss the ideas, the meaning of everything that you will read. Not only will the knowledge be better imprinted in your brain, but it will also make other people aware of this amazing manual. 

Lesson: Learning to teach is learning at 200%.

(WHY?) Because you have to understand it very well yourself, to explain it to others. You first have to accept that information, process it and then spell it out with your own words.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein

How I started this journey:

I’m a world citizen. A human being, living in London. 

I started this blog by thinking about the past to see what I have achieved in my life so far. I stopped to reflect on all the behaviors, all the actions that I have done, and see what the hell went wrong. I wanted to see how I can improve, to become a better human being.

This is what I have discovered:

Lesson: Hardly everyone thinks.

Earl Nightingale used to say:

If the average person said what they were thinking, they would be speechless.

Do you know what (average) people do? They confuse mental activity with thinking.

Mental activity is when you have that non-stop, cyclic, continuous assiduous-hated work, that we keep doing day-by-day, month-by-month, year-by-year, and so on.

Thinking is something that only successful people do. That’s why there are only 46.8M millionaires on the planet, out of 7.594 billion. That is 0.0061%

And the best thing? Thinking is not reserved for the rich!

So that’s not thinking!

Listen to what most people are saying. They would never say what they are saying if they were thinking. Watch their behavior. They would never do what they are doing if they were thinking.

Lesson: THINKING IS A SKILL that can be learned!

Just as we learn skills such as typing and playing the piano.

Few public schools offer courses devoted expressly to teaching thinking, rather they are expected to learn and teach thinking as a byproduct of learning mathematics, reading, history, science, trade, and so on.

And we do learn a lot about thinking in that way.

The trouble is we learn our thinking skills in bits and pieces. And we never put it together as an overall picture.

If asked to describe, what all is required in order to think effectively, most of us would be at a loss of words, to give a complete account. 

Thus, we are unable to assess our thinking skills or systematically teach the skill of thinking to others.

Now, what I have learned.

Our brain can be – for the sake of simplicity – to be split in 2: the conscious and the subconscious.

We accept and reject with our conscious mind.

This is what psychologists call an educated mind.

Sapere aude is a Latin phrase. It’s meaning translates to “Dare to know”; It is also loosely translated as “Dare to be wise”, or even more loosely as “Dare to think for yourself!”

Remember this:

Those who know, they enjoy. Those who don’t know, they don’t know.

If you never experienced the taste of a mango, you cannot know how sweet it is. 

The same is with a higher state of awareness. A higher state of consciousness.

I want everyone to get out of their box. Because why has someone initially created the box? We live in an age where we are all connected. We live in an age where we can change from one day to another. 

Who knows what can happen if you change. All of a sudden you can become a happy and successful person. 

Enjoy life,

Ionut Furnea

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