“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge” ~ Socrates

Socrates believed he was the smartest, because he understood that he did not know anything. He was merely a student, compared his contemporaries who thought they had all the answers.

You need to always be open to new ideas. You need to be open to ideas that a contrary to what you believe. Convictions are what prevent you from being open minded and trying new things. When you are closed minded you have the potential to miss out on life.

We go our whole life letting others impose their own convictions and shape our own values; shape our very own convictions. We let people convince us that their map is the only map to success. Search within yourself, search among others, search everywhere for every single map that exists. Then travel the journey of each one. You’re going to get lost more than once, but that’s okay — your suppose to. Eventually you’ll find the right map. But what if you don’t? Well then you have to create your own. But you will only be able to once you are willing — at any moment — to CHANGE when new information is presented to you.

Tai Lopez speaks on challenging your most deeply held beliefs by asking one simple question:


Ask yourself “Why” 3 times in a row.

Look for disconfirming evidence from friends and enemies and TRY and prove yourself wrong. Here’s an example he uses.

Challenge something fundamental. So if you don’t eat meat it would go like this: Fundamental belief: “I am a vegetarian.”

— Why?

Answer: Because I don’t believe you should kill animals…

— Why?

Answer: Because it’s immorally wrong to kill.

— Why?

Answer: Because uhhhhhhhh???

Why is it wrong to kill?

Now the question gets harder to answer and will require moving to step #2: Look for disconfirming evidence.

Now take the opposite stance. What if you could prove that plants were alive or that killing isn’t always wrong.

Whether you eat meat or not is not the point, the point is to illustrate how most people’s lives are built around convictions that were inherited by family, friends and culture. To build the most solid foundation base of values shouldn’t it be built from your own conscious fruition.

Charlie Monger one of the most successful investors of today’s time sais

“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do…We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.”

Some may fight against this and think

“I don't want to challenge my beliefs, what would the world be like if people didn’t have convictions and morals?”

Again, Tai demonstrates the answer to this question very well.

If what you believe politically, spiritually, or morally worthy of believing, it will stand up to this “Ask why 3 times” litmus test.

It’s like throwing a precious metal like silver or gold into a fire. The dross (non-precious metals) will be burned away. And all you will be left with is pure gold.

You want your brain filled with gold.

So ask ‘why’ more and try your best to disprove your own beliefs. You will be better off for it.

“Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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