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Scientific wealth building secrets! - #4 - Synergism
This is a series of articles about studying general scientific ideas to create a wealth building system that works according to the laws of the Universe. These concepts come from observing our environment. Scientists have discovered that the laws of nature follow certain patterns. Some physical laws seem to be present everywhere, from the tiny atoms to the enormous stars. Everything on the physical realm tends to be influenced by these laws, therefore they can be applied to your businesses too as you will see in just a few minutes. The whole series contain the following articles .
1. Entropy 2. Life 3.
Multiplication 4. Synergism 5. Inertia 6. Gravity 7. Diversification On this article I will share information with you about synergism. This is a scientific concept that can be applied to business. Synergism is the interaction between two or more things that produces an effect greater than the sum of their independent effects separately. An example of synergism would be 1 + 1 = 5. Let me explain this. Everyone knows that 1 + 1 = 2, but I do not intend to refer to numerical values above.
I refer to the effects resulting from combining two or more agents compared to the effects of those agents alone. Let’s take for example gold. This precious metal is malleable and ductile, which means that it is very useful. It is shiny, unique, beautiful and very resistive to corrosion. Since ancient times it has being a symbol of wealth and prosperity. It has being a mean of exchange for most civilizations. Pure gold has a defect though, it is too soft. Now, let’s analyze copper and silver. These metals are harder than gold but they are less attractive and less resistive to corrosion. Both tarnish relatively fast.
Silver and gold are much cheaper than gold too because they are more abundant in nature. Then, what happens when you melt silver, copper and gold together? You get an alloy. You get an alloy that is virtually as resistive to corrosion as pure gold itself and it is hard too. Then you can make coins and jewelry with this alloy. By “mixing up” those elements you get a new substance which is very useful and long lasting. The resulting effect is bigger than the effect of the metals separately. We can apply this concept to business in at least two ways. The first one is as follows . There is a limited amount of matter/energy in the world. If we are going to compete to get larger and larger slices of this fixed quantities of raw materials for ourselves, then we will be competing for wealth, which is hard. It is hard because that’s what most people do anyway. If on the other hand, we strive to discover new ways of doing things, then we will create wealth, which is easier, because that’s something that fewer people do. For example, everybody is fighting for oil and someone suddenly discovers how to get electricity from water. This hypothetical person creates a machine that turns one gallon of water into the same quantity of mechanical work a gallon of gasoline would. Then this person becomes very rich without having to compete with anybody. In fact the opposite will happen. Other people will try to compete with him/her and steal his idea.
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