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Episode 141 | PATTERN RECOGNITION


When information overload occurs, pattern recognition is how to determine truth. Marshall McLuhan

In the last two weeks, I introduced you to six Invaluable pieces of productivity wisdom, in short, to-the-point shows. If you want a quick fix of productivity value, please go back and have a listen. Today I’m covering a topic that has been on my mind for some time. It’s a topic which you need to be very aware of if you are going to find success in today’s world. It’s a skill that will help you to navigate the white noise of information that is unendingly thrust upon us in the modern world.


In a broad sense, pattern recognition and inductive reasoning form the basis for all scientific inquiry. Inductive reasoning is the logical process that involves using specific experiences, observations, or facts to evaluate a situation. This is an essential tool in statistics, research, probability, and day-to-day decision-making. Inductive reasoning can help you identify patterns and make better decisions, and in case you are wondering - The main difference between inductive and deductive reasoning is that inductive reasoning aims at developing a theory while deductive reasoning aims at testing an existing theory.


The term Pattern recognition refers to the process of identifying and interpreting recurring patterns or regularities in data, information, or personal experiences.


In business, pattern recognition is used to analyze market trends, consumer behavior, and competitors' strategies allowing businesses to tailor their products and services accordingly, leading to improved customer satisfaction and increased sales. Businesses also use pattern recognition techniques to identify inefficiencies and bottlenecks in their production processes. They can also identify anomalies and patterns associated with fraud, which in turn allows them to take proactive measures to minimize financial losses. Recognizing patterns in business data is the basis for demand forecasting, inventory management, resource allocation, and strategic planning.


With all that said, I’m more interested today in how it affects us, how we can harness it, and how we can use it, by analyzing our own experiences, to avoid the pitfalls of modern living.


Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is pattern recognition in its most easily recognized form, but how many of you time and time again find yourself falling into that pattern, in your day-to-day life? With relationships. In the way, you use social media. Or the way you work with your finances or business promotion.


Pattern recognition helps you identify recurring patterns in your daily routines and tasks. If you can recognize the patterns, you can better optimize your time management, prioritize tasks, and allocate your resources effectively. eg Through pattern recognition, you might notice that you have a tendency to procrastinate on certain types of tasks, particularly those that require extensive research or involve complex subject matter. Once you have recognized the pattern you could put in place actions or techniques that will help you to counter the problem. Examples of these productivity techniques would be Breaking Down the Task, Time Blocking, Eliminating distractions, and Creating Routines.

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting. Steven Covey.

Pattern recognition also helps you make better decisions by identifying similarities and trends in past experiences. By recognizing patterns in outcomes and consequences, you can make more informed choices, avoid repeating mistakes, and identify opportunities for improvement. This leads to increased productivity by reducing errors and streamlining decision-making processes. I found that whenever I communicated with various UK creative funding agencies in the past I would routinely get ignored. Recognizing the pattern in all this led me to start identifying individuals within these organisations with whom I would build relationships. By doing this in my comms with these individuals who represented the organisations I would say I got a 10x increase in response rate. Simply put if you can find an email for an individual within a company or organization, you are far far more likely to get a response than when you email a hello@, contact@ or an info@ email address.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

The ability to spot existing or emerging patterns is one of the most (if not the most) critical skills in intelligent decision-making, though we’re mostly unaware that we do it all the time. Combining past experience, intuition, and common sense, the ability to recognize patterns gives us the ability to predict what will happen next with some degree of accuracy.


I suggest that you engage that higher level of thinking that I talk about in episode 1 of this show in all areas of your life and work. Pattern recognition will help you to make better-informed decisions, identify warning signs, and take appropriate actions to avoid pitfalls. It empowers you to be proactive rather than reactive, leading to improved financial stability and personal growth. Make sure it’s switched on when you navigate today’s social media too as the scammers are not policed there in any real way. They just buy ads and scam you direct now, and it's all very convincing.


In next week’s show, I’ll touch on this sort of thing again. It’s another short episode and in it, I look at the term “useful idiots” and how to ensure that you yourself don’t become one.

I’ll end today with a quote from Bruce Feirstein who said The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

Now take control of your own destiny, keep on shootin’, and join me next time on FILM PRO PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS!



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