Return to The Underworld, back to Writing for Pleasure


Yes, I understand the title seems deliberately provocative; why would I claim to return to the underworld when I’ve never been there? But the writing for pleasure part is honest. 

This title should not imply that I have not enjoyed the work of the last year. No, Invert City is one of my most gratifying projects yet. What I intend to say with this title is that I miss writing about other aspects of my life. 

I miss writing about the more abstract parts of life and my experience. 

Writing for pleasure
The Enjoyment of Writing

Composing articles about coaching makes me happy, but the creative and poetic requirements for that task are limited to the sport and the Invert City audience. I don’t think people searching for coaching, gymnastics, and tumbling tips want to know about my international criminal friends. Or they might, but assuming they do could be problematic.

The Choice to Return to The Underworld

On Monday, November 7th, I attended a social influencers event put on by a fascinating entrepreneur. The event took place in the Mister C bar inside the Bisha Hotel in Toronto, and it’s the antecedent to my choice to return to this kind of work. 

Surely, the fact that I was invited to this party by the most socially intelligent person I know, Xander Ellis, contributed to the context for this choice.

Shauna, our host, is an interesting human. She is the founder and CEO of the Outlet Network, an app for entertainment and creative entrepreneurs to book jobs, network, host and attend events. Their proclamation and motto is that you determine your growth

You can follow Shauna on Instagram here.

During our introduction, she described the Outlet app as the “Tinder for creatives,” which reminded me of why I was there — to meet people and make new friends.

I did. 

The Mister C in Toronto.
At the Mister C in Toronto

During the following hours, I smiled, approached people, and gathered intelligence from all those who intrigued me. And if you know me, you know I’m intrigued by almost everyone. Like that song by Saint Motel says, “You’re just my type, you got a pulse, and you are breathing.” And while I’m a man who’s got very specific tastes, I also know that love, friendship, and good opportunities come wearing disguises

You never know unless you try it. 

My desire to meet and connect with the people in the bar led me to conversations with successful actors, models, promoters and entrepreneurs. Many of the people I spoke to were willing to continue the conversation after the event, and we have continued talking. It’s been delightful. 

Writing for Pleasure

And when I say for pleasure, I mean the enjoyment of doing something. We excitedly anticipate pleasurable possibilities because they arouse our senses, and this is true for me when I share the weirder anecdotes of my connections to special friends. I am also excited by the notions of human behaviour and communication — what makes people move. 

Yes, they do

Working for government agencies procuring sources and intelligence from foreign entities was fun; it had an air of espionage (but it wasn’t that because espionage is wrong and punishable with life imprisonment) that introduced me to many of the principles I use today to influence people into success. 

Knowing the people responsible for what Loretta Lynch called “The Biggest crime of its kind in history” has similar perks. I learned invaluable skills from these individuals I now consider my trusted friends. Imagine the conversations one can have about improving social insight with those who manipulated the global financial markets.

Writing their books has exposed me to knowledge inaccessible to most people.

Running a management consulting company and solving complex perception issues for fortune 500 companies was a blast. Working in public relations, or, as we call it in the industry – perception management – allowed me to use the skills I learned as a government operative to benefit the private sector. 

This is who and what I am, and Shauna’s event reminded me of this truth. It had been almost a year without using my social skills this way before the gathering at the Bisha Hotel. The mixture of provincial restrictions and my focus on building Invert City into what it is now precluded the need to use my powers. 

That day I felt that sweet surge of excitement every time I made eye contact with someone. People were attractive again, and my smile was genuine when I saw theirs. 

On that day, I remembered that these are the stories I want to share and the ideas I want to teach because just thinking about them makes me happy. 

Thanks for stopping by.

— Peyton Dracco


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Who Is Kolt Curry And Why You Should Let Him Teach You To Sell


A quick google search for that name returns two-hundred-thirty-six-thousand results in forty-five tens of seconds, that is 236,000 pages in less than a second; and I grant you that I am using an older, slower computer to write this. The first result to load is his professional Linkedin account, which is logically followed by a link to his Facebook profile; both portals give you a mere glimpse of the person I pretend to know so well. His public profiles are full of photos of food he prepared himself, and motivational quotes that reflect a desperate need to be better, to do better, and to help others with the same.

Who is Kolt Curry
Learning to sell better

And why? Why is Kolt so keen on doing better? Well, because he has not always been the man he strives to be today; or at the very least, the world did not perceive him that way. Even Google, with its binary objectivity, puts forth an accusation of his character in the third result of that quick search: a document from the Ontario Securities Committee outlining more than fourteen charges against him and his associates for financial fraud and other offences to the public interest.

Kolt will be the first one to agree that these rulings are justifiable, as the offences to which they point merit the consequences he once faced.

He did break the law.

He openly admits to wrongdoing, and how those indiscretions carry some of the lessons that make him the man he is now. Kolt has an obscene ability to face his faults. In our numerous conversations, Kolt and I have agreed upon the defining power of our mistakes and how learning from them can be difficult, but necessary for a successful life.


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But many skills are necessary to succeed in different endeavours. And this is, after all, about why you should listen to Kolt and whatever advice he can give you. If I can offer you a reason to do what my friend tells you, the next paragraph will be my best attempt.

A combination of a complicated upbringing and even more complex adulthood gives him the uncanny ability to understand people. As you may imagine at this point, that ability is a tool for control that Kolt knows how to use very well. He is a master salesman. Yes, he once used his powers of persuasion to benefit illegal operations before that pivotal day of August 13 of 2013.

I recommend you look into that series of events that made financial history and overshadowed the Wolf of Wall Street’s career. It is also true that he currently uses his skills for the public interest he once betrayed.

Indeed, you might not want to follow Kolt’s advice about accepting responsibility for your mistakes, though I insist you should, you will want to let him teach you how to sell. You will surely want to let him show you how to move others in the right direction. An here is the point of this short writeup: to invite you to take his help in becoming a better communicator and therefore a better salesperson.

And why not learn from this tried and tested manipulator? Why not pay attention to what this master criminal has to say? Government and other high-level security agencies hire individuals who challenged the law in creative ways. Criminals of different kinds are often called upon to teach law enforcement groups how to prevent the same crimes they committed and got away with for the most part. And here I am, suggesting to my colleague to do something similar, and he has decided to indulge me.

Learning from Kolt Curry
Learning from the best

NOTE: It is NOT The intention of this project to teach you how to manipulate people, and while the methods you will learn are powerful, what you do with them is your responsibility and not that of the producers of the training material.

I am sure you understand this decision is not only about selling products or services; it is about selling yourself. This project is about helping you present the best version of you so that selling your products and services becomes a natural part of your life.

Kolt’s story is more than impressive; it warrants books written about it, and I should know, I wrote one. His is a story that challenges most people’s understanding of human behaviour and what it takes to survive the worst of that behaviour. Google and international justice officials verify Kolt’s story – former US District Attorney Loretta Lynch used powerful statements to describe it – it is the kind of journey university faculties use to sharpen their students’ minds. I invite you to be part of it while learning to profit from the lessons it can afford you.

I also invite you to check the facts I’ve given you here, do that now, and…

SEE YOU ON THE INSIDE ->

Thank you for reading.

— Peyton Dracco

I Write for Myself to Reclaim My Power


Today, I will write for myself. I’ll write how I want to write: long sentences and big words. Sesquipedelian. This effort is all to rediscover the power of the vernacular my parents gave me, a gift as invaluable as power itself.

I write for myself because language matters.
Language matters

My mission to become more accessible to whoever might read my work led to profound confusion. A state of confusion and doubt in which I fear losing an audience of people I don’t know. The problem, perhaps, isn’t that those reading my professions don’t understand what I say, but that other edifices of governance assume what most people should understand.

If, as I’ve said before, a sentence of twenty words is difficult to read for the general public, our problems as a collective are direr than we imagine. And if, furthermore, language is as powerful an instrument as the sciences of linguistics and neuroscience show it to be, we need not worry about advanced political systems as we should about primary education.

And the conditional questions are many. Why are these edifices of governance dictating how we should structure our language? Notice, if you will, that google subjugates mostly proper syntax and extensive vocabularies. Other popular text editors relegate valid ancillary words to obscurity by labelling them as archaic or informal. We now live in a society where adjectives do not conform to their comparative and superlative forms, and adverbs are something of a strange nature.

Yes, funner is a word, and you don’t misspell words by accident; you either don’t care or do it accidentally.


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Ask yourself that question again. Why are you forced to change your sentence structure – to betray the true extent of your vernacular – to comply with the lowest common denominator? And once again: why don’t you care that you are blithely willing to conform?

Here, and running the risk of appearing to surrender my critical faculties to conspiratorial thinking, I submit that thinking is the target—your thinking in this case.

Your language reflects and is the direct result of your thinking. If the Whorf hypothesis, the notion of linguistic relativism, is adequate even to a small degree, your language is your access to reality.

Do not give it up. Much more on this later.

— Peyton Dracco, for The Devil Unbound.

Self-Transcendence through Dance


You’ve heard me say much about spirituality, the numinous and the transcendent. I am always delighted to debate against the misconceptions and madcap views of reality, which are commonplace in today’s society. And those of you who know me know I am contemptuous of those new-age fools who corrupt human experience with their asinine, harebrained madness. Oddly enough, this is about self-transcendence through dance.

Because it is this experience, in which I’m interested.

Self-Transcendence through Dance
Dancing

Throughout the ages, human beings have looked to transcend the limitations of their condition; this appears to researchers to be a device innate to the human psyche that has helped us towards social and evolutionary success. Many argue that transcendence or the endeavour of operating beyond or above the range of typical human experience can be achieved in different ways.

Mystical and mental practices like meditation can induce a mode of consciousness and benefit the individual engaging in them. There are dozens of styles of meditation, many of which have been the subject of inconsistent scientific research while being abundant in religious exercise.

Whatever form of meditation or mental practice one engages in, the outcome, as mentioned before, is to achieve a higher state of consciousness or a trance state. Techniques that, according to practitioners and some neuroscientific findings, can promote psychological and physical health.

According to “the state theory,” the controversial science of hypnosis is a way to produce altered states of consciousness and awareness in willing subjects. These “states” can be induced by the correct combination of communication and environmental factors. Many scientific studies find that hypnosis or some forms of enhanced communication use the placebo effect (non-deceptive) to provide beneficial outcomes to subjects.

However, outside the scope of hypnosis and meditation (a self-guided form of hypnosis or auto-suggestion), these altered states of mind seem to fit into the natural range of human experience.

Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let’s now think of music, which has an undeniable and profound effect on the human psyche. Most, if not all cultures and civilisations have expressed their emotions artistically through music or singing. Its rhythmically repeating patterns are pleasing to the human ear and, in context, soothing to the emotional brain.

It is, in essence, hypnotic.

Many who indulge in the pleasures of listening to music and dancing make strong claims to their experience as being trance like or “losing themselves in the music.” Furthermore, there are countless studies on the effect of prenatal exposure to different genres of music.

As a neuroscience enthusiast, I am intrigued by the effect of music on the human brain and consequently on the human heart. (The heart, in this case, is a metaphor for the emotional part of the brain or the information processing done by the anterior cingulated cortex and the amygdala.) As a simple man, I become enthralled by my favourite song and hardly notice the cardiovascular stress dancing puts on my heart. (In this case, the physical organ pumping more blood to the brain and other parts of my anatomy when dancing with a handsome partner). I must admit that I absolutely share humanity’s love for music and dancing, and I often involve myself in the dancing arts.

Peyton Dracco: Self-Transcendence through Dance

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As Nietzsche said, “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education.”

It appears to be a harmonious set of ideomotor responses induced by pleasing rhythmic patterns and well-structured acoustics. In my layman’s opinion, it is also a gracious expression of the possible state of self-transcendence, in which feelings and emotions of different kinds are enhanced to excessive levels. Or simply made to disappear – the benefits of which are immeasurable.

I love music, I love to dance.

Peyton Dracco

INTERESTING?


Isn’t it interesting, how the things we want are too often not what we need; yet our minds and hearts so desperately require them?  Irony? Yes, in a sense, but more paradoxical in essence. It’s possible to love to hate and hate to love, to hurt to heal and to lie in defence of the truth.  It’s possible to appreciate our enemy more than our friends, and to find familiarity in the face and voice of a perfect stranger. Like the notion that what is good for us cannot possibly taste good, akin to the salty flavour of our happy tears. There are opposite parallels that impossibly come together to delimit the complex spectrum of the reality set by the individual. It is also interesting how these contradictions give us a perfectly clear understanding of what it means to be human.

— Peyton Dracco

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