A lot of famous statements are taken out of context.
Like the famous one from Shakespeare where one of his character said, “kill all the lawyers.”
Many people use that today as prove that lawyers are evil, and always have been.
But the context of how it was used was the opposite. The character was talking about how to destroy a society.
Since civilized society is based on laws, if you kill all the lawyers, they’ll be nobody left who understand the law, and society will descend into chaos.
Another famous saying that is often misunderstood is PT Barnum’s, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
Most people attribute this to people who are taking advantage of poor innocent people like pensioners and old ladies.
But the whole context of the statement is there’s a sucker born every minute, because each sucker is trying to further take advantage of others.
Meaning the easiest people to take advantage are those who are always trying to take advantage of others, or looking at some “shortcut” so they can get the good stuff without having to do the work that “honest people” need to do.
Get rich quick, lose fifty pounds in one week, make money in real estate with no money down, etc.
But there ARE some simple statements, easy to understand, that DO tell us eternal truths.
And these same statements and simple stories have been around for thousands of years.
Aesop’s fables are one such source.
Taking on the attitude of the turtle will generally help you, in the long run, more than the rabbit.
Sure, we all want to race ahead and get the good stuff before everybody else.
But while some people are busily chasing each and every shiny new object, or jumping on each and every fad, there’s also people like the turtle who are slowly and steadily going after some HUGE goals.
And getting a little bit closer every day.
If you set HUGE goals, WAY out there, and make thinking about them part of your daily life, you will have purpose.
You’ll never feel lost. You’ll always believe there’s SOMETHING you can do to get closer.
One thing you can do to make ANY goal easier to achieve is improve how you think.
Just like doing general physical exercises will help you in any sport.
Working on your brain will help you in ALL areas of life.
The sum total of your life is the result of your daily habits and behaviors.
Your daily habits and behaviors are based on the quality of your thinking.
Change how well you think, change everything.