Everyone tends to see the world through a lens that makes our personal view the right one.
I see a lot of rhetoric from politicians who take each others’ words and try to turn them around and against each other. It’s all spin. At the end of the day, unless you go and fact check everything they’re saying, there is no way to know which side is telling the truth.
It reminds me that everyone sees the world through a lens that makes our personal view the right one. In politics, you have a bunch of people who see the world through a certain lens that’s been given to them through society and shaped through their upbringing. They tend to carry the same mental constructs as their constituents without critically thinking for themselves and that’s because there is a lot of influence and pressure to fit in. It’s political suicide to disagree with the opinions of the group.
Groupthink applies to absolutely everything in life.
I grew up in a relatively low class environment and was conditioned to think a certain way about money and life. We all felt more or less the same way about the world.
Understand that you are being programmed to think a certain way by your environment. That’s how you learn as a child, it’s also how you survive. If we don’t fit in with our environment, it’s part of our survival instinct to try to conform.
If you have an entrepreneurial spark and have always felt a little bit different, like you never quite fit in with other people, then you’ve probably also realized you didn’t fully agree with the opinions of the crowd. This could be among your family or your circle of friends. At some moment, we’ve all experienced this.
Breaking out of a groupthink (whether it’s religion, politics, or any way of standing out) isn’t easy.
What entrepreneurs tend to do is to remove themselves from the 97% of society and say, “Just because 97% of the people out there are going a certain way, it doesn’t make that way correct.”
Most people are brought up with certain beliefs around money and wealth that hold them back from achieving their highest potential. Society and their environment reinforces those beliefs.
Do not use the same mentality that kept you inside the box, to break free of it. Be creative. Let your imagination dissolve the obstacles that bind you. – S. Botsford
What makes entrepreneurs different is not their will-power, intellect, or discipline. Entrepreneurs simply see the world through a different lens. It is a lens through which they see that anything is achievable and all things lie within their power.
Anyone can change the lens they’re looking through.
Is it possible that the lens you’ve been seeing the world through may not be serving you? Have you considered that maybe it’s as simple as the lens being out of focus? Maybe there’s a little dust on the glass, or maybe the lens has shifted out of alignment…
I’m not saying that anyone can see the world truly objectively, but it’s important to see the world from multiple perspectives. Try to remove yourself from your own viewpoint. Become more open to the many different ways of seeing things.
If you find yourself feeling like you want more, that’s a good thing. That’s the spark you need to step away from the crowd.
They might laugh at you, but you are being true to yourself, to your team and to what feels right for you.
Visualize a hundred people walking down the street after a professional sporting event… Imagine coming out of a stadium wearing the same colors as most everyone else there. You’re wearing the home team’s jersey and rooting for them.
It’s a lot easier to do that than wear the road team’s jersey and be heckled by the crowd.
Now, imagine yourself as the one person wearing the rival team’s colors. You stand out. Everyone can see you. The might yell at you. They might laugh. However, you are being true to yourself, to your team and to what feels right for you.
The same with life, if you’re different, you’re going to be heckled. It’s not as though entrepreneurs are going to get lots of support to challenge the norm. Despite that, entrepreneurs do it anyway, because they know facing that fear of failure is worth living a life of unlimited possibility. To be motivated by a desire to do something great, something you can be proud of, is more powerful then any heckling.
Divorce yourself from groupthink understanding that it might not be the right way to think for YOU. It is naive to think that just because everyone else thinks it’s right, it’s also right for you.
Find people who think the same way as you do; they are out there.
Figure out who you are. Figure what you want and never settle for less!
All my best,
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