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Timesaving with Social Clarity

Part 2 – Bongo One Formation Meetings

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List of Topics | The Chronicle of Bongo One || Original Edition of COB1

Chronicle Part 2
Bongo One Formation Meetings

Transforming a Casual into Professional Group

Nickantony Quach & Alec Mustafayev

Table of Contents

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  1. About Part 1 of This Book
  2. Poodle Demo
  3. A Problem and Its Importance
  4. The Importance of Professionalism
  5. An Experience Prospecting New Members
  6. Origin of the Sales & Marketing Department
  7. Sudden Need for Meeting Rules
  8. Professional Over Subjective Prioritization
  9. Law of the Bongo
  10. Origin of ‘The Logic of Thumoslang’
  11. QMG’s First Workday of 2022
  12. The First Speech for a New Bongo
  13. The First Lessons for Bongo Builders
  14. Appendix 21 Bongo One’s Meeting Rules


1 | About Part 1 of This Book

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The 20 chapters in Part 1 — The First Month cover three group meetings. The first meeting took place around the wee hours on the fourth day of 2022. Associated with the meeting are the following chapters and videos.

The second meeting took place on January 11. Associated with the meeting are the following chapters and videos.

The third meeting took place on January 13. Associated with the meeting are the following chapter and video.

You’re reading the first chapter of the second part of the online book The Chronicle of Bongo One. For a formal introduction of the book or its context, see The Story of Bongo One. All chapters on this webpage also describe events taking place during the group’s first month.


2 | Poodle Demo

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Alec Mustafayev has been working on a novel over the last several years. The codename for it is Poodle. When he began, he was still in high school. It was supposed to be a personal project. As he worked on it further, he realized that a group could help speed up his work.

“I do not want to lose control of my creative process when we work together as a group,” Alec expressed his concern.

Norman D. Baker introduced his roommate David yesterday. He graduated from college recently and wanted to sell his laptop months before moving away from Rhode Island. We bought his laptop the same day we met him.

During the meeting, David told us about his personal project. When he learned the need to have a team, he expressed Alec’s concern for his personal project.

“I do not want others to tell me how to do my creation,” David expressed the same concern in his own way.

“Building up a group for your work is not about adding more cooks to the kitchen,” clarified Nick. “We do not want to have too many cooks in the kitchen and deal with clashing opinions on what ingredients to use and what the end result should be.” Nick convinced Alec and David that every personal project needs a team to take off. Building a team does not mean taking over the creative process. The team does what the creator does not do: the business process. Nick’s approach was to tell the following story.

IBM built a new device, later known as a personal computer (PC), using a fast new chip. The PC does not work without an operating system (OS). The company went to someone specialized in making OS for small computers. Both sides couldn’t meet or disagree on a price. Meanwhile, IBM partnered with Microsoft, not writing all the software for the new device itself. At the time, the tiny business was famous for making a programming language called BASIC. In talking to IBM, Bill Gates heard of IBM’s predicament for an OS, so he bought one and hired the guy that created it to turn it into MS-DOS and compete against the specialist. Did Bill Gates do any coding and involve himself with the creative process of making the disk operating system? The answer is a big NO. The company does not want to deal with too many cooks.

The story made Alec feel comfortable about involving Nick in advancing his personal project. As he worked on Poodle further, he learned how to do fiction better from the Internet. Nick also showed how Alec could implement the new process systematically.

After the project’s length went from months to years, Nick suggested the idea of publishing a demo of the work at first. Alec eventually warmed up to the idea. As soon as Norman began to commit his time to Bongo One, Alec finalized the first six chapters and packaged them in a PDF, Poodle Demo. He couldn’t wait to share it with his friends. However, Nick stopped him from doing so. He did not feel good about the decision.

“Why could I not share the PDF with my friends now?” Alec asked before Bongo One’s first meeting.

“Let the Sales & Marketing Department deal with it,” replied Nick.

“How long do I need to wait?” Asked Alec.

“How long does the Sales & Marketing Department need to wait for Alec to return to work full time?” Asked Nick.

“The 17th, as I told you,” said Alec.

In the impromptu bongo meeting, Norman talked to his boss about reserving every Monday for bongo activities. Members of Bongo One were set to have their first professional meeting on the 24th of January 2022.

“You accused me of not being professional, but you never told me what professionalism is,” complained Alec.

What Alec points out is a significant problem. Nick could not ignore it for long.


3 | A Problem and Its Importance

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On the second Thursday of 2022, Norman asked Nick for a thumbnail definition for the concept of a problem. Without thinking, Nick said that a problem means automatic consequence. He did not remember that his Thumoslang database already used that phrase for the following thumbnail:

  • Importance; that means, automatic consequence.

This chapter is an attempt to reconcile the two concepts. What are the differences between a problem and its importance? Before further discussion, let’s remind ourselves of the following thumbnails:

  • Automatic; that means, no external control.
  • Consequence; that means, the result’s byproduct.

We all know what a VIP is: a very important person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to have limited service resources at a hospital. Should it treat a VIP differently? This discussion does not need to answer the question. What it needs to do is ask; why must the hospital raise the question at all? Failure to care for the VIP brings about an unwanted consequence much greater than that brought about by the failure of caring for a regular patient. This discussion suggests the following as a new thumbnail definition.

  • Importance; that means, more consequential.

Let’s go back to the other concept; how good is the following thumbnail definition?

  • Problem; that means, automatic consequence.

If something brings about a good consequence, we do not want it to disappear. That’s why the above thumbnail does not work in all cases. It works only for dire consequences. This line of thoughts should eventually bring about the following thumbnail sequence:

  • Hardship; that means, persistent difficulty.
  • Problem; that means, hardship generator.
  • Solution; that means, problem eraser.

When the hospital faces many problems at once, how does it know which one to resolve first? The most important problem is the one that can generate the most hardship.

In the end, the phrase automatic consequence is not that useful for defining either importance or problem as a concept. What do you think of the following two thumbnail definitions resulting from the above discussion, written on the third Tuesday of 2022?

  • Importance; that means, more consequential.
  • Problem; that means, hardship generator.

If you have no objections, we have just improved how we identify two of the most fundamental concepts in every Thumoslang discussion.


4 | The Importance of Professionalism

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We express professionalism through our attitude. We convey our attitudes through our non-verbal signals and our speech. Your attitude encompasses how you carry yourself and how you communicate with others. Being professional can ensure a positive first impression, successful interpersonal relationships, and a lasting reputation.

To understand the critical concept, consider the following thumbnail definitions.

  • Profession; that means, skill-required job.
  • Professionalism; that means, cross-profession standards.
  • Professional; that means, meeting standards of a profession.

To understand the opening paragraph completely, consider the following thumbnails also:

  • Attitude; that means, adopted positions.
  • Impression; that means, a memorized snapshot of the experience.
  • Reputation; that means, support driven by emotion.

To understand better the last item on the list, consider the following:

  • Failure; that means, wasted effort.
  • Support; that means, failure prevention.
  • Proaction; that means, change initiation.
  • Emotion; that means, proactionary feeling.

The reputation of your work is established by the perception others have of their esteem on it, admiration for it, and trust in it.

  • Perception; that means, sensory understanding.
  • Esteem; that means, embraced approval.
  • Admiration; that means, high regard.
  • Trust; that means, risk assessment.

In earlier 2022, Norman D. Baker works as a barista. To work as a barista, you need solid customer service skills and the ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced environment. Empathy, product knowledge, and diligence are three customer service skills.

Barista is a profession because it is a skill-required job. Customer service skills are part of the standards adopted by many professions, including those involving coffee. To become professional, Norman must adhere to those standards at work.

Alec Mustafayev and Norman D. Baker are in the same wealth-building friend group: Bongo One. When they meet and work on things for their group, they do their bongo. While doing their bongo, they need to understand whether they are casual or formal. In a formal bongo meeting, they must have professionalism. Each member must carry himself and communicate with others professionally.

Each profession has its own standards, but all professions agree on the minimum set of requirements for professionalism. They include productivity and integrity.

  • Productivity; that means, advancing deliverables.
  • Integrity; that means, consistency of values.

What is the productivity yardstick for every formal meeting? Productivity Yardstick for Every Meeting, Chapter 14 in Part 1, has the answer.

You must not be punctual to have integrity. If you’re always late by an hour, you have integrity. You may lose your job due to the lack of punctuality, but you have integrity. In this case, you can only work with employers who regularly tolerate one-hour lateness. It’s called self-employment.

Alec always went to work on time for a fast-food restaurant. He rarely was on time while working for himself. He was professional while working for other people, but he was not professional while working for himself.

Consider the following proposition. The lack of professionalism in self-employment is perhaps what keeps most of us from becoming wealthy.

  • Wealth; that means, passive income.

A bongo is a wealth-building friend group. It’s hard to build wealth without professionalism. Suppose you have no plans to make professionalism an essential part of your life. In that case, you may not be ready to become a bongo builder.


5 | An Experience Prospecting New Members

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On the third Sunday of 2022, Bongo One had experience prospecting new members. One prospect was to meet Nick and Norman between 10 and 11 for breakfast in the morning. Instead, he showed up around 11:45. The meeting lasted three hours before Nick discovered that he was moving to another state in a few months.

Another prospect was to meet Alec, Norman, and Nick around 3 PM. Instead, he showed up around 3:35 PM. Worse, without warning, he had to go somewhere else around 4:00 PM. The first impression did not play out as expected due to lack of time.

What are the lessons learned from that day? Bongo building is an in-person exercise; do not consider anyone with a thought of moving away as a prospective member.

If you want to introduce someone as a prospective member of your bongo, make sure that person will show up on time, ready to spend several hours with others. It should not be 15 minutes before or five minutes after the appointed time.

Otherwise, the bongo will spend many hours entertaining people instead of building wealth. If you’re not building wealth from empty hands, you’re not doing the bongo.


6 | Origin of the Sales & Marketing Department

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In the casual meeting of 1/13/2022, Alec filmed Norman. The result is the video [The Start of a Slowburn Personal Transformation | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E5 | Ri4CTV](v= Cltm46Lde0I). Norman explained why he started doing Bongo One with Alec and Nick. Chapter 20 — Slowburn Personal Transformation in Part 1 of The Chronicle of Bongo One elaborates further.

Around 8 PM in the same meeting, Alec, Norman, and Nick agreed to do a professional workday every Monday starting on 1/24/2022. The workday will begin at 10 AM at Evergreen Cave. Members may arrive up to 15 minutes early and up to five minutes late. The workday will last 9 hours, including a one-hour lunch break.

The idea of creating a Sales & Marketing Department (SMD) for Bongo One came about when Alec, on the same day, expressed his desire to release Poodle Demo. While having a meal together, Norman and Nick talked to Alec on the phone about it. Alec rushed himself over and attended the casual meeting in person per their agreement.

Alec has been making half of a living in recent weeks by providing services in videography for various bands. On 1/17/2022, Norman worked with Alec to build a website offering videography services. Norman gave us a status report in the video [About the Making of a Website for Videography | Bongo One Unlisted | S1E4](v= 9kLArAJE3cY).

In the last 20 months, Alec and Nick teamed up as Quach & Mustafayev Group (QMG). On 11/29/2021, they received a direct deposit of $35.94 from AMAZON EDI PAYMENTS. That’s a win for their original Thumos textbook, authored by Nickantony Quach and Mark Canny. Getting ten units sold per month should be enough to cover rent for one member of Bongo One.

On 12/29/2021, QMG received a direct deposit of $10.00 from AMAZON EDI PAYMENTS. The amount does not fit for sales of OTB; it must be from the other product: Trekvella, authored by Nickantony Quach and Alec Mustafayev. QMG does not have other products on Amazon.

Its newly minted Sales & Marketing Department seems to be at the front and center of the agenda for Bongo One on its first professional workday.


7 | Sudden Need for Meeting Rules

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On the third Wednesday of 2022, Norman and Alec came to Evergreen Cave, an affectionate name for Nick’s home, to work on their website. Thanks to the mail, they saw that Social Clarity Now (SCN) is a nonprofit. They registered it months ago but did not follow up further; the entire evening unexpectedly focused on SCN instead.

After several hours passed by, Nick raised a red flag. It is unprofessional to gather for a project but skip it and work on something else together.

Alec agreed. It makes sense that Norman would want to talk about an essential piece of mail. Still, it would be better for him to plan a later meeting to speak about it rather than change the purpose of the current meeting. The others should help prevent unexpected redirection. If such prevention took place, objections should not be raised.

Norman disagreed because he would like to reprioritize when necessary. In that case, Alec interjected and called for a set of rules on reprioritization.

“We should be able to vote on a reprioritization,” said Norman. “Can we make that system right now?”

“No,” both Nick and Alec replied. It would take a long time to create the criteria. As Norman and Alec had to leave in 90 minutes, it would not give them enough time for an extended discussion on a complex topic.

To reduce the risk of having the entire work session destroyed unprofessionally, Nick proposed a set of meeting rules for Bongo One. He does not present them as part of the main content because they are not set in stone. He presents them below instead, in Appendix 21 Bongo One’s Meeting Rules. Alec and Norman must help revise the meeting rules and approve them before use.

You’re reading Part 2 of The Chronicle of Bongo One. Its first appendix’s number is 21 because its prefix must identify the part number.

The first 32 chapters are in the first two parts of this book. They are onboarding material for new members. For onboarding purposes, consider Appendix 21 Bongo One’s Meeting Rules as part of this chapter.


8 | Professional Over Subjective Prioritization

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On the next day, Norman and Alec came to Evergreen Cave to work on two things. Alec needs Norman to create a website offering Alec’s services in videography. Norman needs Alec to prepare a video for presentation to someone Norman led Alec to believe as a prospective customer.

Instead of working with Alec on the website, Norman spent most of the evening gathering information about doing a nonprofit. He was too busy doing loner’s research to realize that Alec was suffering from a lack of sleep. Alec did not sleep at all during the previous night.

“What are you doing now?” Nick suddenly asked halfway through the evening.

“I’m working on a video presentation,” replied Alec.

“In the mind of the target audience, does he know that you’re presenting something with the expectation that he will decide to pay for its final version?” Asked Nick.

“I don’t know,” said Alec. “Ask Norman.”

In the end, they discovered that Norman did not make it clear to the target audience of their service-for-pay intention. Nick immediately stopped the group from wasting their time further.

Alec failed to show up at work this afternoon due to a lack of sleep. He’s better off going home and sleeping so that he won’t miss work again the next day.

After Alec left, Norman agreed that he did not treat Alec as a customer. Norman built a website for his boss. He did not get his boss involved many evenings in making the website. Why should he not do the same with Alec?

Norman and Alec lost two long evenings without making significant progress towards building the videography website for Alec. All is due to subjective instead of professional prioritization.

The group’s experience in the last two evenings led Nick to strengthen sections H, J, and K in Appendix 21 Bongo One’s Meeting Rules. Section H is about reprioritization. The other two are rules for a bongo workshop and a bongo drive.

“What’s honesty?” Asked Norman.

“Honesty; that means, no misleading.” Replied Nick.

“Smooth!” Norman was impressed with Nick’s answer.

You have a phantom relationship when the relationship appears only in your mind but not in the mind of another person. Likewise, you have a phantom customer when the subject appears as a prospective customer only in your mind but not in the subject’s mind.

Suppose Alec was making a video presentation for David, and Alec believes that David will decide to pay or not after viewing the video. Suppose no one told David of Alec’s expectation. In that case, David does not play in David’s mind the role of Alec’s prospective customer. David is thus Alec’s phantom customer.

Bongo builders should never be misled to believe that some work is for pay, but, in reality, the consideration of paying for the work never appeared in the mind of the phantom customer. To be honest, understand the difference between the Career and the Dreams Department in your business of the self.


9 | Law of the Bongo

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A bongo or wealth-building friend group (WBFG) operates according to the following rules.

The First Law of Bongo

The philosophical foundation of a bongo (WBFG) is the same as that of a Foresight Club. All bongo builders work with one another according to the Foresight Club Rules.

The Second Law of Bongo

Bongo builders conduct their meetings according to all the rules suggested by Bongo One’s Meeting Rules; see Appendix 21, under Part 2, of The Chronicle of Bongo One.

Source Material

This chapter is the same as Chapter 3 under Part 2 — Bongo Meeting Rules of the book The Rules of Thumoslang.


Bongo One had worked with Thumoslang and the Foresight Club Rules for 20 months before the third member joined the group officially. That’s why The Chronicle of Bongo One does not mention the Thumoslang material regularly in the first 32 chapters. A new friend group may choose to introduce Foresight Club Rules and operate as a ‘Foresight Club’ long before their members work together as bongo builders.


10 | Origin of ‘The Logic of Thumoslang’

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In December 2021, Alec asked Nick to consider the video [Chapter 4 — Why Don’t Nihilists Just Off Themselves? — The Order of Chaos: An Antidote to Meaning](v= pVtHDJk80K4). Its first 14 minutes are not part of this discussion. The video introduces a rabbit-hole idea, The Pyramid of Interdependent Subjectivities. A graphical representation of the pyramid appears in the middle of the video, also below. The narrator uses it to explain what different types of truth are.

“Do you agree that Thumoslang is a socially pragmatic truth?” Alec asked. “It is objective on the scale of social utility. The sun objectively exists. Language does not objectively exist in the way the sun exists. It is a tool created by man to communicate. It was invented for social utility. This makes language, and thus Thumoslang, a socially pragmatic truth. Are my statements agreeable? Why or why not?”

According to a few short exchanges within a few weeks, Alec believes that the 2021 United States Capitol attack happened because its instigators do not have the truth. It was not because they avoided the truth but because they did not know it. Furthermore, Alec asked, “how could Thumoslang help make a difference?”

Nick believes that Thumoslang could help us understand better how to dig into this discussion logically. That’s why he authored the article Long Game in Promoting the Truth, Part 1 of The Logic of Thumoslang. It’s a great way to demonstrate the use of Thumoslang in clarifying thoughts.

According to the article, Nick agrees with every sentence stated by Alec above. Still, Nick does not like to label Thumoslang as a socially pragmatic truth. In this case, the term ‘truth’ does not match the current thumbnail definition in Nick’s Thumoslang database.

  • Truth; that means, conformity with objective reality.

The article Long Game in Promoting the Truth explains further. It kick-starts the online book The Logic of Thumoslang, hosted by the Thumoslang website.


11 | QMG’s First Workday of 2022

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Nickantony Quach (center) and Alec Mustafayev (left) worked together as the Quach & Mustafayev Group (QMG) for 20 months before 2022. Norman D. Baker (right) and QMG have joined forces officially since the start of the year and formed the Bongo One, the first wealth-building friend group (WBFG). They plan to do their bongo officially every Monday, starting on the 24th of January 2022.

After being off for over a month, Alec returned to working with Nick regularly on the third Friday of 2022. On their first workday of the year, Alec and Nick reached a dozen points of agreement to ensure they would not have issues in the new year. These points give them a matching understanding of their planned work thus far.

Nick then presented Alec with Long Game in Promoting the Truth, Part 1 of the newly created online book, The Logic of Thumoslang. Alec found it a pleasant surprise; he did not expect Nick to dive so deep into the random topic Alec came up with a year ago.

Alec wants to revise the article to briefly explain drama and unwanted drama for new readers. The concept is used a lot but not explained beyond the point of confusion for a reasonable reader.

Alec is excited to delve further into it in their future meetings. Alec thinks the discussion will significantly flesh out the nomenclature for truth and other related concepts in Thumoslang.

On the same day, Nick presented the first two parts of another newly created online book, The Chronicle of Bongo One. Alec loves it and wants it to be read by all members who want to join Bongo One. He wants to revise the book before sharing it with Divine, a prospective member, next month.

On a personal note, before starting work at 3 PM, Alec spent three hours watching TV. He did not realize that he could use the time for film editing. As a result, Alec had to spend three hours after midnight to catch up on the work Alec could have done in the morning. That’s in addition to the 85 minutes at work he spent on film editing. The teenager does not manage his time well, but he wants to control himself without help from others.


12 | The First Speech for a New Bongo

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The night before, Nick wrote this chapter to ensure Alec, Norman, and he will succeed in their first professional workday. They plan to work together between 10 AM and 7 PM minus a one-hour lunch break. How should bongo builders set the agenda on their first professional workday? Part of the answer is the newly created online book The Rules of Thumoslang. Below is what Nick planned to say at the start of the meeting. You may want to use the following speech as a template to write your bongo’s first speech.

Hello everyone,

As you all know by now, a bongo is a wealth-building friend group (WBFG). A bongo drive is a professional workday for members of a bongo. Today is our first bongo drive.

A bongo drive is neither a bongo workshop nor a bongo gathering. We all work together informally in a bongo workshop on the same task or project. We may entertain one another in a bongo gathering as we keep all things casual.

You must behave as if new members are observing during a bongo drive. Your behavior makes them want to join the group faster. Are you making them feel like you will make more wealth for them?

At the start, we must finalize our agenda with a list of questions to be addressed by the bongo drive. Please take a blank sheet of paper and write down at most five questions you want us to answer today. One of them should be a wealth-building question. Another should be a relation-building or money-making question. Do not waste your time with a binary question whose answer is Yes or No. Each of your questions should demand more work from us than simply saying Yes or No.

Let’s assign each person a unique number. For our group Bongo One, Alec is 1, Norman is 2, and Nick is 3. Alec should post his questions 101-105 in the chatroom. Norman does 201-205, and Nick does 301-305. Before answering the remaining questions, participants will first address relation-building questions, then wealth-building and money-making. Nick will go first.

  • 301 How to ensure participants in a bongo drive work together professionally? This is a relation-building question; we will address it first.
  • 302 What are ideals for you in the next 12 months; what makes you happy in the next four weeks? What do you want to do in the next seven days to meet your short- and long-term ideals? What could any of us do to help you with all that?
  • 303 How do you plan to cover your living and other expenses to achieve your short- and long-term ideals?
  • 304 What questions do you want us to address in our next professional workday?
  • 305 What do you want us to vote on today?

Nick will wait for all to register their agenda questions before answering 301 using the following chapter.


13 | The First Lessons for Bongo Builders

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The first lessons for bongo builders cover the minimum amount of knowledge you need to know to sail through the first day of bongo drive effectively. Participants in a bongo walk together into their future from that day on.

Do not make participants work during the bongo drive. Do not let any participant ask anyone to work on anything during the bongo-drive day. The only things to do are voting on relation-building, wealth-building, and money-making decisions.

Do the steps presented below to ensure that all are on the same page from the start. One of the most effective ways to absorb the first bongo-building lessons is to study the first two parts of the online book The Chronicle of Bongo One. The first part has 20 chapters on the same webpage. The second part has a dozen on another webpage. As found in its Table of Contents, they are:

Step 1 Turn on Recording Devices

One of you must love to record the history of your bongo’s growth. Its chronicle is necessary to remind even the most recent, rebellious, or stubborn member not to bring down the bongo drive with strawman fallacies. To help write your group’s history, the first step is to turn on a recording device. If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, for example, ensure that the recording can run over an hour at once without further human intervention. Restart the recording each hour to keep each video file not too long for frequent review or uploading to private storage.

Step 2 Read the First Bongo Speech

If you did not prepare a speech ahead of time, use the previous chapter as the first speech on your first bongo drive. Read the first bongo speech to set the tone for the rest of the professional day. The first speech should include the following request.

At the start, we must finalize our agenda with a list of questions to be addressed by the bongo drive. Please take a blank sheet of paper and write down at most five questions you want us to answer today. One of them should be a wealth-building question. Another should be a relation-building or money-making question.

Step 3 Remind Everyone to Avoid Distractions

Do not wait. Members should go ahead and do the following steps even while they’re thinking about their agenda questions. Remind everyone to avoid distractions.

  • Do not work on any personal or side project during a bongo drive.
  • Do not listen to music using your headphone.
  • Do not watch a video privately.
  • Do not keep your eyes away from the other eyes most of the time throughout the bongo-drive day.
Step 4 Confirm the Bongo Onboarding Process

Read or review the first 32 chapters of The Chronicle of Bongo One. Everyone is expected to answer the following question at the end of each chapter. Do you agree with the presented approach? Silence is an agreement, but raise your hands to express your agreement explicitly.

If anyone raised an objection against any chapter, members of your bongo must record the objection using the following question. Will we replace the presented approach with an alternative? The question must specify the chapter involved. Place the new relation-building question on your bongo-drive agenda immediately.

Even if everyone studied the 32 chapters ahead of time, do the above steps explicitly. As soon as members approve these chapters as their group’s history, they can use them as required reading for all new or prospective members.

Step 5 Address Only the Agenda Questions

Address only the agenda questions during the remaining time of the first bongo drive. Do not let anyone straw-manning the drive with impromptu topics. Be professional the entire time, as if several new or prospective members are observing.

Step 6 Record All Decisions

Record all decisions in your online private office such that anyone in your group will be able to locate them quickly. Decisions should be the only result of a bongo drive.


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Appendix 21 Bongo One’s Meeting Rules

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A | Meeting Settings
  1. This list specifies the rules for formal meetings conducted by Bongo One, our wealth-building friend group.
  2. All participants must have access to the same chatroom at the start of a professional meeting.
  3. When an italicized phrase below is in bold, its definition is nearby.
B | Meeting Styles
  1. The meeting may be casual as a bongo gathering, informal as a bongo workshop, or professional as a bongo drive.
  2. The bongo drive is neither a bongo workshop where you work together on a project nor a bongo gathering where you may entertain one another.
  3. The bongo drive is a professional meeting strictly for reaching wealth-building decisions.
  4. You may not do gathering or workshop activities within an hour before and after the bongo drive.
  5. If you have time before the bongo drive, prepare for the meeting by formalizing your proposals in writing; how do you want your bongo to make its decision on your wealth-building idea?
  6. During a bongo drive, you must behave as if new members are observing, and your behavior makes them want to join the group faster. Are you making them feel like you will make more wealth for them?
C | Reciprocation Process
  1. An exchange is a communication cycle between two individuals involving the four steps of reciprocation. See Chapter Six of the original Thumos textbook.
  2. During an exchange between two individuals, others may not stop them from completing their communication cycle during its first 60 seconds.
  3. After the first two minutes, interlocutors cannot object to interruptions by others.
  4. If an exchange cannot reach a conclusion within two minutes, participants must table the topic.
  5. Take the inconclusive issue offline and resolve it outside the bongo drive to table a topic.
  6. You should use silence to make an objection against unprofessional utterances. Objectable statements are inconsequential as you will not vote them in as part of any wealth-building decision. You help make the meeting longer than necessary when you raise your objection in words.
D | Formal Meeting Session
  1. A formal meeting session (FMS) is ten minutes maximum; FMS requires absolute professionalism from all participants.
  2. FMS begins with a timestamped question and ends with an answer satisfiable to everyone within the maximum time. Otherwise, participants must table the topic.
  3. If you want to request an FMS, you must first silently present your numbered question in the chatroom, raise your hand, and wait for another person to give you a chance to make the request.
  4. When another person gives you a chance to make the request, mention the question number and say, “I need a formal session to address the presented question.”
  5. You must not talk before the vote to start an FMS. Otherwise, you’re not requesting an FMS. Your silence gives others a chance to study your question ahead of a vote to start an FMS.
  6. You must revise or withdraw your question if anyone else disagrees with how you frame the question.
E | Work Specialization
  1. If you carry a special responsibility not shared with everyone else, you’re a specialist. For example, as a Process Engineer, Nick is a specialist in our group.
  2. A specialist may not ask everyone else to skip their duties and do the same particular work required to meet the specialist’s responsibility. For example, Nick may not ask others to research how to improve various work processes.
  3. Anyone can ask others to help with anything; you must request outside of the bongo drive. For example, Nick may ask Alec to help make a process video or ask Norman to help make a process website.
F | Objective Wealth
  1. Wealth is more potent than money; the former makes the latter but not vice versa.
  2. When members join our bongo, we have more wealth because we have more minds for wealth building.
  3. During a bongo drive, work on wealth-building decisions before money-making decisions.
G | Subjective Ideals
  1. What is the reputation you desire to have the most after you die? If others cannot answer this question in a short sentence for you, they could not possibly know how to respect your ideals.
  2. What are ideals for you in the next 12 months? Could everyone learn about them without your presence?
  3. What makes you happy in the next four weeks? Could everyone learn about it without your presence?
  4. What is your top priority in the next seven days? You can do anything, but you can achieve only one big thing at a time; what is it this week? Did you let everyone know about it?
H | Reprioritization Rules
  1. During a bongo gathering, anyone can casually request to turn the gathering into an informal workshop to focus all human resources on making something together immediately.
  2. Anyone can vote against the request if it is implausible to produce the expected result before the meeting is over.
  3. You can turn any bongo gathering into a workshop, but you cannot turn any bongo workshop into a bongo gathering.
  4. You cannot turn any bongo gathering or bongo workshop into a bongo drive, which requires everyone to do homework ahead of time.
J | Workshop Rules
  1. During a bongo workshop, all participants must work together on the main project.
  2. While being with others for the main project, you cannot work on a side project, especially the work you can do by yourself without help from others.
K | Rules for Bongo Drive
  1. The agenda for a bongo drive must be set in stone before the meeting day.
  2. Each item on the agenda must be a question to be answered by participants in the meeting.
  3. The bongo drive should take place on a professional workday; it should not begin within the first 30 minutes, reserved for agenda clarification.
  4. The bongo drive must end before the last hour of the workday, reserved for documentation and other follow-up activities.
  5. Participants should address agenda questions in the following order: relation-building, wealth-building, money-making, then all others.
  6. Participants must adhere to FMS and reciprocation rules as presented earlier.

[End of This Part of the Book]

All chapters on this webpage make up a booklet that is part of the book The Chronicle of Bongo One. Click here for the book’s Table of Contents. For a formal introduction to the book or its context, see The Story of Bongo One. The next page is another part of the book.

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