Question Everything

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Question those in authority.

Question your political beliefs.

Question your spiritual beliefs.

Question everything.

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

Edgar Allan Poe

Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

Benjamin Franklin

Question everything.

JD

You are taught as a child to listen to (and mind) your parents, teachers, and leaders. You’re taught never to question anything (except strangers — don’t talk to strangers).

The older you get, and for some it may take many, many years… but at some point you’ll realize that SOME of the things you have believed in your life are flat out WRONG. Personally speaking, I came to that conclusion with my spiritual beliefs, and I came to it with my political beliefs. I’m not going to share what those beliefs were or are now, because I’m not looking to influence your personal beliefs… other than to encourage you to question whatever they are.

If your political beliefs go one way, listen to people from the other side, or the other middle. You will hear many people with one political belief turn off listening to other political beliefs completely.

You can learn a lot by listening to your enemies.

JD

Since I’ve changed my opinion of certain spiritual beliefs, I’ve asked old friends and acquaintances that I grew up with and/or knew in my teens/twenties “Have ANY of your beliefs changed, at all, in the last 10/20/30 years?” And there response is either “No, not at all.” Or “No, why?”

Are you kidding me?! You’re 40, 50, 60 years old, and your belief is EVERYTHING you learned or was taught over your life was 100% correct?

I once asked a 50-something year old minister if he really believed EVERYTHING he preached was 100% correct. His answer was yes. So I said, out of all the world religions, all the different denominations, believers and non-believers in whatever, YOU, you are the single person in the world that has figured out religion for the entire world for all eternity? He said yes. It takes a special kind of narcissist to believe that.

Some people question what they see on the news. Some question whether the Earth is laid out the way we’re taught it is. Some question whether we really landed on the moon. Some question if we’re really exploring Mars now. Some question why certain wars were started. Some question what the government tells us. Some people think Edward Snowden is a traitor, some do not. Is it crazy to question those things? No (ok, well maybe one or two of those things). Everything should be questioned.

What does this have to do with wealth? Well, a lot of people have beliefs about money that deserve questioning (ie. they might be wrong). Beliefs like…

Money is the root of evil.

Anyone with money is evil, and they either inherited it or stole it.

People with money are selfish.

Money is bad. I’d rather be poor.

Rich people are spoiled.

Life is against me. I’ll never be successful.

Rich people are lucky.

Any of those sound familiar? Of course. And if you’re someone who believes any of those lines, you will probably never attain any kind of wealth. That’s what this has to do with wealth. Those are limiting beliefs in my opinion — but please, question me, if you disagree.

You will never change your beliefs or learn anything new if you always turn off the other opinion. Read books. Read other peoples opinions. Open your mind. Open your heart. Never stop learning. Question everything!

What beliefs have you done a 180 on in your lifetime? Please comment below.

 

 

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JD

I blog about money, financial independence, life, and entrepreneurship. I got rich slowly (over 20+ years) with a niche software business. I also failed at a number of other things (and mild success with a few others). I share what I did right along the way, and a lot of what I did wrong, with a goal to encourage you think differently about life and money.

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JD

I blog about money, financial independence, life, and entrepreneurship. I got rich slowly (over 20+ years) with a niche software business. I also failed at a number of other things (and mild success with a few others). I share what I did right along the way, and a lot of what I did wrong, with a goal to encourage you think differently about life and money.

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