Nothing in Common
Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
A lot of people allow their emotions to turn them off or turn them on when it comes to learning. So if you are a Democrat you don’t want to hear a Republican. If you are Jewish you might not want to hear from the Germans. If you are Black you don’t care to hear what whites think. All of this is a mistake! Now I don’t mean you have to follow them and join the 3rd reich but I do mean knowledge is knowledge and whomever is spreading it is worth a second or two. So many people choose a side when there isn’t a side. So many people tell you what they are about when they have no idea what life is about.
The goal of money is to learn how to make it. That means the messenger is not as important as the message. So when I search for understanding I might come across a lot of books that most cats won’t read. I don’t think of the knowledge as me learning at the knee of a devil but instead I think 2+2=4 and now I can do that too. When I am out on the street and I hear some cats on their soapbox while others may walk by I’ll stop and listen to their 5 minute pitch. A solution only comes from knowing what failed and why it failed. But, a new solution comes to me through reading cats with a different kind of mind and then applying their knowledge in my format. Sure if I met these cats I would beat the brakes off of them but since they wrote a book, made a lecture, wrote a essay or made a youtube video I’ll absorb.
When I was growing up I listened to everyone as I was taught to think any person who stops to tell you something most likely is trying to better you. Now that might be a warning against something or a knock on the door to bring you to something but overall their heart is in the right place even if their brain is not. As a result I have a general understanding of a lot of things, cultures, angles and devils. Since I know them and know of them and their teachings I understand the angle of their pitch and what they really want to say. Since I am a grown man their information doesn’t make me who they are but it does add a missing puzzle piece to my game. When you are on the hunt for the empire you have to understand the big picture.
Think about it for a second. A man who knows everything about engineering is a great engineer. But, a engineer who knows a lot about life is not only a engineer he is salesman, a stand up guy, a owner and a thinker. Most people in this life have been taught to not entertain the thoughts and ideas of other people. So they remain one thing as you are what you eat. But, the person who is curious about a lot of things improves his angle in ways he could not have forseen. Being curious doesn’t mean you don’t throw away garbage right away… it only means that you have identified that as garbage before. The puzzle to build your empire is not a just following directions it’s interpretation of life and others people’s angles.
The rule that you only learn from those who you agree with is a con. It’s like when someone votes all Democrats on a ballot as they don’t care about the issues as much as they are blind. You can’t afford to be trapped in one way of thinking and one way of seeing the world. People might have to have something in common with you for you to be friends but their knowledge doesn’t have to follow those rules to break bread. Don’t mix the two!