When Everyone Says Go Left, Go Right

If you want to be rich, happy and successful, do not listen to the advice of most people.

The reason for this is because most people don’t really know much about how to find happiness, build wealth and achieve success.

This means that if you’re not careful with this, you’ll end up listening to a lot of people who are just regurgitating the same false ideas that they were taught about love, money and happiness.

Ideas such as…

“Money is the root of all evil.”

“Conflict in relationships is unhealthy.”

“Happiness comes from within.”

To be successful in all areas of life requires you to go against such conventional wisdom.

The reason most people believe in conventional wisdom is because other people believe in it and there’s an incentive to fit within the group.

This is called the Social-Proof Tendency, which is one of the brain’s cognitive biases that lead to failure.

The Social-Proof Tendency is the automatic tendency to think and act as others around you think and act.

As a result, you get many people regurgitating myths and false ideas on love, wealth and happiness because that’s what they’ve been told growing up.

Sadly, biases of the brain like this one are very hard to overcome and most people will never overcome them, but indeed, we must overcome them in order to find happiness and success.

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12 thoughts on “When Everyone Says Go Left, Go Right

  1. Sadly, the biases of the brain are very hard to overcome and most people will never overcome them because of the strong negative effects of choosing to believe in conventional wisdom. – I totally agree with this statement.

    As Gandhi said – “It is easy stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone ”

    As a result, you get many people regurgitating myths and false ideas on love, wealth and happiness because that’s what they’ve been told growing up.

    “Conflict in relationships is unhealthy.”

    “Happiness comes from within.”

    I agree there is a lot of regurgitating of these two statements. However, I believe that happiness does come from within, as the thoughts I create lead me to happiness or sadness. If one is a master of oneself then, one can find inner happiness. We may repeat what we hear and not put into practice. If we put self mastery into practice and if one watches what one thinks one can be happy, and peaceful. Daily habits create either a happy or sad life. Too many people want some one else to solve their issues, or they just ignore it and regurgitate phrases cause that what you do. Most human beings behave as puppets not as masters of oneself. These ideas are not false, their depth is not brought into our daily life, they are a piece of art to hang on the wall to be admired – dare I put them into practice and improve my life. When I change my world changes, I practice this and I can see the difference.

    Great post as always. Short and sweet. I do agree the brain is wired in away, but I also want to be a self master and rewire what is wrongly wired and I believe I can do it, I have already achieved some success..

    Nice post.

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    1. the examples of conventional wisdom statements that I used are true but only to an extent. I believe to an extent, that happiness comes from within, but happiness very largely comes from outside circumstances. If someone you love breaks up with you, you will experience the same brain activity in the brain as when you break a leg. You will feel pain as a result of this and you can’t just overcome this pain and be happy by changing your thoughts. If you live near a freeway for another example, that noise, because you can’t control it, will scientifically make you less happy no matter what you try to do. The real truth is happiness comes from within, but also from outside. Too many people advise people to be happy with their circumstances and I believe that we should be grateful and content, but there are a lot of outward things that we can strive for and do to improve our happiness that changing our thoughts can’t do. I agree with you though, but it’s not the entire happiness equation.

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