Saturday, 3 October 2009

Before you take advice from anyone (Part 1 of 2)


Soul corrosion is the loss of ideals caused by overexposure to nonsense and irrationality, a phenomenon that is frequently the result of following wrong advice. You can take vitamins to reinforce your immune system and improve your defences against common colds, but how do you protect your motivation against false ideas? Philosophy, taken in daily doses, is the only effective remedy against misconceptions and misrepresentations.

In contrast to vitamins, the cost of a daily dose of philosophy is difficult to estimate, since it varies from person to person. Some men pay it dearly, while others get it at a discount. It is, nevertheless, for none of us free. Time and effort are the only currencies accepted in exchange for self-development. Knowledge and experience are the only vaccines that can inoculate you against counter-productive advice.

Beware of self-interested counsellors who try to push you away from entrepreneurship into conformity. Do not trust those who propose you magic solutions that are supposed to lead to achievement without dedication. Reality teaches us that results cannot exist without cause. No one can run faster than the world itself. A day lasts the same for us all. For extra time, none is allowed to rob. You'll be better off by disregarding speech tainted with irrationality, endorsements without logic, and conclusions without proof.

Welcome philosophy into your life by reading or listening to it at regular intervals. If necessary, drop other tasks less essential, since self-development is the factor that allows men to raise their soul above the stars. Given infinite time, everybody would be able to attain his goals, but no individual possesses the power to extend his lifespan beyond the biological limits. If you let nonsense and inconsistency rule your life, your years will be wasted and you will end up in a place where you don't want to be.

When someone tells you that you have nothing to lose by following his recommendations, check details twice before you reply. If you spend a decade moving in the wrong direction, you might miss your best opportunities and be unable to walk back the road that you have taken. Our lifespan is limited and no human being can try his luck countless times at any game.

To be continued in Part 2

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by oliveheartkimchi under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Before you take advice from anyone (Part 1 of 2)


Soul corrosion is the loss of ideals caused by overexposure to nonsense and irrationality, a phenomenon that is frequently the result of following wrong advice. You can take vitamins to reinforce your immune system and improve your defences against common colds, but how do you protect your motivation against false ideas? Philosophy, taken in daily doses, is the only effective remedy against misconceptions and misrepresentations.

In contrast to vitamins, the cost of a daily dose of philosophy is difficult to estimate, since it varies from person to person. Some men pay it dearly, while others get it at a discount. It is, nevertheless, for none of us free. Time and effort are the only currencies accepted in exchange for self-development. Knowledge and experience are the only vaccines that can inoculate you against counter-productive advice.

Beware of self-interested counsellors who try to push you away from entrepreneurship into conformity. Do not trust those who propose you magic solutions that are supposed to lead to achievement without dedication. Reality teaches us that results cannot exist without cause. No one can run faster than the world itself. A day lasts the same for us all. For extra time, none is allowed to rob. You'll be better off by disregarding speech tainted with irrationality, endorsements without logic, and conclusions without proof.

Welcome philosophy into your life by reading or listening to it at regular intervals. If necessary, drop other tasks less essential, since self-development is the factor that allows men to raise their soul above the stars. Given infinite time, everybody would be able to attain his goals, but no individual possesses the power to extend his lifespan beyond the biological limits. If you let nonsense and inconsistency rule your life, your years will be wasted and you will end up in a place where you don't want to be.

When someone tells you that you have nothing to lose by following his recommendations, check details twice before you reply. If you spend a decade moving in the wrong direction, you might miss your best opportunities and be unable to walk back the road that you have taken. Our lifespan is limited and no human being can try his luck countless times at any game.

To be continued in Part 2

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by oliveheartkimchi under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]