WHAT IS YOUR NAME IF NOT A LABEL YOU DID NOT CHOOSE?
I know this section is about me, but I'll start by saying that in Book 1 of The 8-13 Project, Maddox Vargas talks about how changing one's name is an excellent step towards psychological emancipation, and I agree. Scientific literature is full of studies about how your name, the first label imposed upon you by the world, affects the general outcome of your life.
I had two reasons for changing the label my family gave me without my consent: first, my given name is too common, especially in the part of the world in which I was born. Second, the pseudonym I proudly carry is a tribute to a dearly departed friend: my mentor and the reason for what I do today.
My first precise exposure to the notion that minds can be controlled and changed by elementary gestures was in the corporate world. This mentor, for whom I chose the name you read in these pages, was a very dedicated researcher in the area of behavioural analysis and modification; he was, to put it briefly, investigating the way that the human brain makes decisions. Since the day I saw him present his finding to a broad audience of salespeople, and throughout our subsequent friendship, he helped me focus my understanding of the methods of influence I now write about and teach. He assisted me in honing the communication skills that have led me to success in my business and coaching careers.
NEW AGE TECHNIQUES
Since that first day, I have held different positions in fortune 5oo companies, international conglomerates, government and national security agencies and others I cannot mention here. Especially through my associations with the criminal underground, and the conversation I have had with what I can only describe as bad people, these skills of persuasion have made the difference in how the story ends.
It follows then that if I have to offer you a short, concise description of me, to provide something about who Peyton Dracco is, I will afford Kipling the honour.
”I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
― Rudyard Kipling