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When you change the Lens through which you view the world, your view of the world changes, forever. The Lens I’m referring to = your Assumptions, Beliefs and Ideologies.
When a new, unknown Truth comes along, it forever changes how you and everyone else sees things. And once that happens, you will never see things the same way, ever again.
On January 7, 1610, Galileo used his telescope to observe the four largest moons in orbit around Jupiter. He mapped the nightly position of those moons and discovered visual evidence to support Copernicus’ heliocentric, Sun-Centered theory. While he was persecuted by the Catholic Church and put on trial for his research, his new “telescope invention” nonetheless made it possible for other “scientists” to see what Galileo saw. And they began to confirm Galileo’s finding, en masse.
Despite the Church’s best efforts to shut down all dissent from the scientific community, the Sun-Centered view of the solar system became the new scientific Truth, and forced the people in the world to change in the Lens through which they viewed the solar system.
Knowledge, from whatever source, alters the Lens in which you see the world.
Those with a Closed Mind typically seek knowledge only from sources that confirm their existing assumptions, beliefs and ideologies. This is commonly referred to as Confirmation Bias.
Being closed-minded does you no good. It keeps you stuck – never able to grow, improve or evolve in your thinking.
Those with an Open Mind seek Knowledge from ALL Sources, particularly sources they don’t necessarily align with ideologically. This causes them some psychological discomfort because new information/facts challenges their existing view of the world.
This psychological discomfort is known as Cognitive Dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance is good. It forces you to learn, grown and improve.
Be very careful what content you consume.
Audit the media content you consume.
Is that content helping you grow and improve or is it simply confirming existing beliefs, assumptions and ideologies?
Seek discomfort. That’s where growth happens.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, “Effort-Less Wealth”, “Change Your Habits Change Your Life”, “Rich Habits Poor Habits” and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”