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Change your writing to become more successful?
Defiance, confidence, and why grapho-therapy works.

This article is an exerpt from Chapter 4 of Bart Baggett's
Success Secrets of the Rich and Happy!

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The Secret Joy Of Being Defiant

Do you follow your own rules or do you make your own? I have found one interesting personality trait in a vast majority of successful entrepreneurs: defiance. The tendency to break the rules, rebel, or defy the status quo seems to be a re-occurring theme in literature of heroes, superstars, and the super successful. Dr. Thomas Stanley's research in the book The Millionaire Mind indicates that most millionaires claim one important skill helped them achieve success. That skill was to "Think differently from the crowd."

Clearly, you don't have to break rules and get into trouble to think differently. But, research firmly indicates that people who make straight A's, have perfectly legible handwriting, and have perfect spelling are the least likely students to become self-made millionaires. Shattering statistics. Isn't it?

I'll show you two personality traits in handwriting analysis that proves this point. The first trait is called a "go to hell K". A capital "K" in a word that should contain a lower case "k" indicates defiance. Look around at the entrepreneurs and pioneers of the world. Many of them have this type of K. (So do the class clowns, criminals, and trouble-makers.)


Which of the below handwriting samples is more likely to become an entrepreneur?



Sample 5-J: A person who follows all the rules and proper protocol. (Notice the legible handwriting, small lower loops, curvy m tops, beginning hooks, and normal sized "k.")

Sample 5-J: The above handwriting is that of a very successful man in his mid 50’s. A defiant rule-breaker in his youth, he still bucks the trends. His optimism is critical to his success. His pointy m’s are a sign of quick thinking and intelligence. His high buckle "k" reveals his defiant rebellious streak. Even his sharp t-point indicates some sarcasm. This is the writing of legendary radio host Jack Diamond.

Jack has hosted one of the longest running morning radio shows in the USA (in Washington D.C.) A career in morning radio is about as close to being a creative entrepreneur while still having a boss as you can get. In reality, Jack is both a successful on-air personality and off-the-air entrepreneur/ businessman. Morning Radio and other forms of performance comedy tend to attract people with defiance, sarcasm, and other fun but trouble making qualities. Don’t we love them?

Naturally, Jack's writing is more likely to succeed in the high risk, fast changing mind-set of entrepreneurs. He has many of the classic traits of winners; good self-esteem (high t-bars), persistence (double crossed t, optimism (handwriting slanting uphill), and pointy m humps (quick mind.) People can succeed without these traits, but these are typical of the "pattern" of entrepreneurs.

The first handwriting sample has just way too much "conformity" to be a smashing success in a career that depends on making your own rules and being flexible. Also, the writer of the first sample has round base line (garlands) and round m humps on top and 50% low t-bars. A very sweet, supportive writing... but not a leader.


The Secret Science Of Grapho-Therapy

After I started to study the science of handwriting analysis, I realized that all great men and women were within my ability to study. If I could just find a sample of their handwriting, I could get a clue into their characters. If I knew which habits or personality traits they possessed, I could "model" them. Upon embarking on my research, I discovered that Benjamin Franklin had this idea 200 years before I did. It is said that he would go as far as copy a great man's penmanship to get a feel for whom he was. Maybe Ben was the first Grapho-therapist.

One of the most effective tools I have used or taught for people to change themselves is the science of Grapho-therapy. During the first meeting with Dr. Walker, this concept was introduced to me. When I was just fourteen years old, Dr Walker suggested that I begin to immediately raise my t-bar. As I sat in awe of this wise man, my brain thought, "You have got to be kidding?" Dr. Walker spoke with congruent confidence about the hundreds of clients and friends over the past 20 years who have seen profound results using this technique.

In my case, I had more than just the "t" to fix. I had to de-program my stubbornness, over-sensitivity to criticism, self-conscious-ness, and boost my self-esteem. Dr. Walker was probably praying that my "sarcasm" would find it's way to the exit, as well. Luckily, at the age of just fourteen, I listened. I thought about the simple risk vs. reward system for making a decision.


Step one: What happens if this succeeds?

Step two: What happens if this does not succeed?

My answer was simple. If Dr. Walker's advice succeeded in transforming me (this insecure, weak, scrawny, smart-ass, defiant, obnoxious teenager) into a world class self-made millionaire who attracts the ladies ... Wow! On the other hand, if this "changing the handwriting trick" did not succeed, I would be stuck with a funny looking letter "t" for the rest of my life. Not a tough decision. Hmmm. Wealth, Women, and Wisdom vs. a silly t-bar. The reward was clearly worth the risk. In fact, I couldn't think of a downside. My handwriting sucked anyway. It was illegible, so now it would be illegible with different letter formations. So what?

As it all turned out, my handwriting actually became more legible over the coming years. My t-bars are still crossed at the top of the stem. And the strokes of stubbornness, self-consciousness, and over-sensitivity to criticism have been gone for over a decade. The real test was what I found in the results. The first thing I noticed was my tendency to think more of myself. I wasn't a student who actually liked to study. However, I found myself walking into the school counselor's office one day requesting I be moved to a "more challenging" English class. I was bored. Then, I found myself asking the prettiest girl in school out on a date. She said, "No." But since I had begun to erase the fear of failure, I just asked out someone else. It didn't take long to develop some better rapport skills and the girls started saying, "Yes." I even noticed my grades were improving.

I clearly remember the day I knew "Grapho-therapy" had worked for me. I realized it when I made an "F" on my first English paper. What? That's right. It was a horrible paper. In fact, my teacher actually suggested I go back to the "non-advanced" class, because it was unlikely I was ever going to excel at writing.

Hmmm. I would say my defiance was a useful trait during that conversation. I re-wrote that "F" paper and turned it into a "C-." It wasn't the teacher's false opinion. She was right about one thing: the paper sucked wind. I deserved a "C" or an "F." But she was wrong about my abilities.

Later that day, I sat and meditated upon my future. Because books had such an impact on me, I refused to believe I couldn't contribute something to the world in the form of the written word. I remember clearly sitting on my porch on a rainy winter day in Dallas, Texas. I must have been fifteen years old, trying to grasp what my life would be like over the next fifteen years. I had a vision. I made a decision that would shape the direction of my life. I decided in that moment that I was going to write a book and become a famous author. Thanks to my new and better t-bar, I actually believed this was possible. I made that decision despite having a respected teacher tell me I had no skill. I made that decision despite having no firsthand knowledge of publishing, writing, TV, or radio. I just knew I was going to do it.

Once you get clear on WHAT you are going to do ... the HOW finds you.

Less than 8 years from making that decision, I had my first book in my hand. At the age of 23, it was published. I'm sure I could have accomplished it much faster, but I had to take care of a few minor tasks such as puberty, high school, and college. Over the past decade, I appeared on over 1300 radio and TV talk shows promoting my book, tapes, and the science of handwriting analysis. I lived my dream.


Why It Works

I had a lot of faith in the technique of programming your brain via handwriting changes. In fact, I had even written a fill-in-the-blank workbook on the topic called Change Your Life in 30 Days that I used in my live seminars. However, I was unable to explain it. I even had my own doubts it could be nothing more than the "power of positive suggestion"... the placebo effect.

It wasn't until I began studying other forms of psychology, therapy, and personality tests, that I discovered some scientific evidence that explains what I had been witnessing in myself and others. The field of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is revolutionizing the world of change therapy. NLP is teaching therapists how to cure life-long phobias in half an hour. It is teaching sales people how to have "instantaneous rapport" with clients. It is explaining the delicate balance between our body, our subconscious mind, and our behavior. It is so much more than a set of tools to improve your communication. I was sitting at an Anthony Robbins seminar in 1989, when he began to discuss how our brains learn information. He said that learning is really a function of our brains establishing new "neuro-pathways." Each time we have the same "experience" a spark of electricity moves along the neuro-pathways thus making the pathway twice as strong. If you have the emotion or experience 100 times, the brain creates 100 micro-strands along that neuro-pathway. This is how we establish habits.


"Any Sufficiently Developed Technology Is

Indistinguishable From Magic"

- Arthur C. Clarke

Now, if you have studied any brain biology, you realize this is a simplified metaphor for the complex neural-cortex. However, it is an accurate big picture description. Anthony Robbins referenced a study at UC Davis using macaque monkeys to establish a connection between repeated physical movement and cellular development. Upon researching this study at UC Davis, I discovered that Dr. Amaral has been the man instrumental in this research. On the website, Dr. Amaral states that "our research program is divided into three major efforts that use neuroanatomical, behavioral, electro-physiological and clinical studies to investigate: (1) organization of memory systems in the mammalian brain, (2) the organization of brain regions that contribute to social behavior in the macaque monkey, and (3) human neuroscience."

The UC Davis M.I.N.D Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopment Disorders) explains the various advances in brain research like this, "Advances in imaging technology are enabling researchers to unravel the complexity of brain function. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) permits researchers to identify areas of the brain at work during specific activities and to compare the brain activities of normal patients with those with neuro-developmental disorders."

"New computational models of brain function are now available so that the activity of the brain can be measured and recorded, facilitating comparisons between healthy and diseased brains. On the horizon are other technologies that will allow researchers to analyze the interactions of particular brain cells during specific activities."

The website continues, "The use of animal models to study neuro-developmental disorders has also been expanding, particularly here at UC Davis, which has schools of medicine and veterinary medicine, as well as a primate research center. Monkeys and other nonhuman primates have brains organized comparable to humans, making them ideal research models for the study of neuro-develop-mental disorders."

What I found revolutionary about the research is this: Repeatedly moving a macaque monkey's fingers in a slightly different motion path creates a totally new and separate neuro-pathway. A separate neuro-pathway means you have a totally new and different thought or experience. (You are literally building a habit at the cellular level.) The MRI can reveal this exact pathway each and every time the movement occurs. Then, when the scientist forced the monkey to move the same finger in a slightly different motion (as little as a centimeter different), the MRI revealed an entirely new neuro-pathway was forming. According to Mr. Robbins, they did this experiment by taping up the other fingers on the monkey's hand and giving him an MRI. In plain English this means ... moving your fingers actually affects the brain at the cellular level.

Now, please don't misread the above research. Neither Dr. Amaral nor Anthony Robbins is claiming that changing your handwriting can affect your personality. However, if you put the three different fields of study together (neuro-science, NLP, and handwriting), there is a strong biological argument as to why we are getting the results we are getting. For me, I didn't need to read all the neuro-scientific research to know it made sense to me. Furthermore, the risk seemed quite low. Heck, I was just changing the way I crossed my "t" and looped my "d." So, I chose to go for it. I give you the above research so that you can tell a loved one there is some logic behind the madness.

In the next chapter, I will show you the results of my research. I'll reveal to you the personality traits that are consistent among very successful, well-adjusted people. Wouldn’t that be interesting to know? Naturally, not all rich or happy people possess these traits. I think you will quickly see how incorporating these personality traits into your own character can immediately "PUSH" your life to a higher level.

Now, are you ready to find out what handwriting traits are found in rich and happy people? Are you ready to see how well you already stack up the world's great minds? Grab your pen and paper and turn to the next section!

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