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5 Things I Believe but Can’t Prove – Shawn Preval – Medium

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Inspired by the book “What We Believe but Cannot Prove”

Some podcast I was listening to referenced this book. I never read it but, the excerpts they gave was pretty interesting. So, I decided to throw my own nonsense in the running. The following are the accumulation of stupidities that my brain generates while I staple and scan papers at work.

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1. There is no such thing as a corporate ladder

The reason you start from the “Bottom” is that people have jobs above you and they have pensions or 401ks Match and health insurance from the company, and they aren’t ready to leave yet. They just use the corporate ladder as a scheme to allow time for those people roles to expire.

2. Banks came up with the concept of saving money as a marketing scheme.

Their business model relies on customers depositing into their accounts so that they then can reinvest your money or lend it out. Financial management doesn’t need to happen inside a savings account. IM NOT SAYING DON’T SAVE MONEY. That’s not the point. If confused, see the title.

3. Encouragement is often more beneficial than criticism.

People are quicker to say what’s wrong than what’s being done right. Criticism is a great tool for growth but it’s a two-part system. It has to be accompanied by encouragement to really have a positive effect. You can think of it as a ratio. 2:1 should be solid.

4. You’re only ever as capable as your means provide you too.

There’s a lot of emphasis on “hard work” being the progenitor of all good things in life. In some instances this may be true but, the reality of which is far less convenient. Everyone is only as capable as their means provide them to be. This could psychological, sociological and environmental. I think this concept explains why so many wells of people succeed and others, less fortunate, don’t. I’m not suggesting there is no way to climb. I think it is important to suspend some of this belief.

5. “Money doesn’t buy happiness”- It doesn’t need too. It buys convenience. If poor is anything, its definitely inconvenient.

Money does not ever buy happiness. Money’s greatest luxury is the affordance of convenience. You can do things much more quickly with a lot less risk to you. Concepts like opportunity cost are almost non-existent. Bills and obligations are often inhibitors to most peoples desires as they act as a barrier to opportunity.

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