Here's a long post from one of my favorite authors, Ramit Sethi. He often writes about putting ideas into action and I think this post is another great example, BUT, that's not what I want to highlight here.
First of all, I think this is my new favorite concept:
Skepticism is not a strategy.
I spoke to one of my top Earn1k students last week â€" she earned over $80,000 in 8 weeks â€" and she was talking about how much her entire viewpoint has changed. Once you realize that you can control your situation â€" how much you earn, how much you work, where you live, etc â€" itâ€™s amazing to look back at ourselves a few years agoâ€¦when we were skeptical and disbelieving that any of this could work.
Skeptics always have an excuse because itâ€™s easier to be skeptical than to take the risk of trying something and possibly failing. Skeptics use codewords â€" much like racists do â€" to mask their fear and loathing of something different. For example, theyâ€™ll say they donâ€™t have enough time (when everyone has the same 24 hours per day). Theyâ€™ll complain about having â€œalready tried that,â€ but when you dig in and ask them what they actually tried, theyâ€™ll demur.
Thereâ€™s nothing I hate more than vocal skeptics â€" not only because they cheat themselves out of their own potential, but because they convince others that they canâ€™t do it, either.
You can see this all over the place. It's another version of the Taoist saying that "you become what you practice". You can literally watch skeptics develop a hard shell of denial as they try fewer and fewer new things. I'm not necessarily blaming someone for this tendency, but I think it becomes a cycle that reinforces itself. That's why I love Ramit's writing: "skepticism is not a strategy" doesn't get into the blame, shame, or origin of the behavior, but it calls it out directly.
The way he writes just draws such clean lines. Take this distinction:
I write for the As, Bs, and Cs â€" but I systematically ignore one of them.
Imagine the world has As, Bs, and Cs in any field. In this one, the As are already managing their money, theyâ€™ve read my book (and others), and theyâ€™re earning as much as they need to lead the lifestyle they choose. Theyâ€™re already doing it.
The Bs are the greatest in number. They have the potential to do something great, but for whatever reason â€" like actual barriers, self-imposed barriers, or external responsibilities â€" they Â havenâ€™t achieved what their potential first. They can be reached if you communicate to them in the right way.
The Cs are a lost cause. Sure, they might be salvageable to help, but thatâ€™s not something Iâ€™m interested in or capable of. This enrages certain people who believe that we should help everyone, but I live in the world of practicality, not utopia. If I have the chance to help an A become an A+ in 3 months, or a C become a B- in 3 years, who am I going to choose? There are other people who make it their lifeâ€™s work to work with Cs, but itâ€™s not me.
And so this is also applicable for you. When I teach negotiation, or interviewing, or automation, or even earning more money, I teach you how to focus on the right level of analysis for you. Itâ€™s ok not to please everyone. Iâ€™d rather spend my time hyper-focused on exactly your needs than try to serve everyone.
Great stuff! Here's that link again: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/mba-earn-more-money/