I despise people who take advantage of others. One of the main reasons people are able to take advantage of others is because of ignorance.
Ignorance is simply defined as, “The lack of knowledge or information.” Some of us choose to live in ignorance because we believe our life will be easier and less complicated of we don’t know what it going on. I know I have been guilty of this.
Have you ever heard the statement, “Ignorance is bliss?”
Have you ever heard someone say, “What they don’t know can’t hurt them?”
It is a way to justify not telling someone the truth that will hurt them. I have been guilty of doing this to others and others have done it to me. It is destructive and hurtful, even if the intentions behind this withholding of information are good. Some of us take away the choice from others of knowing the truth, under the pretense and justification that the truth will hurt that person. In our minds we are able to somehow justify the action, choosing too see ourselves as great for saving someone from pain. Some of us don’t want others to know the truth because we don’t want to have to deal with the consequence of that person being justifiably hurt, angry, or sad.
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is pain. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance sets us up to be taken advantage of.
Ignorance is for those who choose to listen to others and believe everything they say and not ask questions, instead of researching things for themselves and doing the work to learn the truth, and gain wisdom and knowledge to use for the benefit of self and others. Ignorance is for followers, and for those who wish to bend and conform to the will of others, many times to their detriment, well-meaning though they may be. I have also learned these lessons from experience, and have been guilty of conforming, and being a follower, instead of having the courage to truly be uniquely and unapologetically me, and stand up for my rights and the rights of others. Sometimes it has been out of laziness. Other times, it has been out of the fear that I will be rejected, and alone. Other times, I just don’t know any better, YET.
Ignorance is for those who don’t mind dealing with and suffering from hidden agendas and a total lack of transparency. Ignorance is for those who choose to believe they are avoiding pain that always, eventually, will catch up with them. Ignorance is for those who don’t mind being taken advantage of because they don’t want to know the truth or deal with it.
Admittedly, I spent my first 40 years choosing ignorance. It wasn’t until I became tired of the self-inflicted pain of poor choices, and decided to start choosing to learn to improve my beliefs and to make better choices, that my life truly turned around for the better. After intentionally and actively seeking out the wisdom of others I can honestly say I no longer feel COMPLETELY ignorant. I do still have a long ways to go, however, and I’m INCREDIBLY excited about where this new journey has led, and where it is continuing to lead me.
Most of my life, I avoided people who I considered to be better than me, smarter than me, richer than me, and more successful than me, in ANY way. I did this because they made me feel inferior. These people hurt my ego, and shed light on the dark places I believed I could improve upon, but really didn’t want to. They naturally, and without intending to, shined a light on what I considered to be my weaknesses, lack, and inadequacies. After changing my belief system entirely, I now seek those people out and do all I can to learn from them, looking for a common, “Golden thread,” or a common theme or pattern they all follow that has led them to their successes.
WHEN WE ONOW BETTER WE CAN DO BETTER.
I look for things that they do that I can begin to implement into my own life in order to become better, stronger, and wiser. These things have helped me to heal, and when one of us heals, we ALL heal, collectively. When we heal ourselves, we set up, prepare, empower, and enable the generations to come to live a better, more fulfilling, more meaningful life, full of service and contribution to others.
One of the best sources of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration that has taught me how to better my own life is Impact Theory on YouTube. From this one show, I then was led to other empowering shows that shared the wisdom of others, and pointed to common threads of success in the lives of MANY.
I no longer choose ignorance. I feel empowered. I feel stronger. I feel more aware. I live a happier life with more meaning and purpose, with challenging goals, clarity, and a daily, morning routine that helps me, “Prime the pump,” and sets me up for success the entire rest of the day. Each day gets better and better. Each successful day adds up and turns into a successful week. Each week adds up and turns into a successful month. You see what this can lead to-enough successful months will become an incredible and successful life. There is always going to be room for growth and opportunities for improvement. There will always be more to learn and practice, if we choose.
What will you choose for yourself in this moment, on this day?
Today I will remember that knowledge is power. I will do something each day to work to acquire knowledge, and implement it into my life with actionable steps and things I do with that knowledge, in order to make it wisdom.
I will remember that the SOURCE of knowledge I choose is of the utmost importance, and seek out sources with no other agenda than to guide me into an expansive state of WISDOM and LOVE.
One of the best messages I have come across concerning this topic was from Tai Lopez, in his interview with Tom Bilyeu, on his YouTube show, IMPACT THEORY.
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