Prosperity Wisdom, Tried and True

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The Wisdom Of The Ages

I recently posted the following comment on Facebook:

When it comes to wisdom, tried and true is often better than new.

This thought came to me during some personal experiences with finding some inspiration for new ideas from some old sources, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Earl Nightingale, and myself.

In the case of Doyle, I am re-reading the Sherlock Holmes short stories, even as I am enjoying the new 21st Century version of the eminent deductive detective on PBS. Some Holmes purists will no doubt be aghast at this new version, depicting a more sociopathic and much younger Sherlock. But I think, as is true for me, one can remain loyal to the brilliance and literary art and psychological wisdom of the original, while still admiring the audacity of a new version. Dr. Doyle did have an immense understanding of human behavior and I have often referred to insights I have obtained from the tales told over a hundred years ago. I talk about this in my free e-book, The Moneylove Manifesto. Take this statement on self-esteem from the short story, The Greek Interpreter:

My dear Watson, I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician, all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.

And from the pioneering motivational speaker, Earl Nightingale:

If you can say what it is you want and do not have or are not now in the process of getting it, it is either because you do not seriously want it at all or you’re not willing to pay the price for it. This business of getting what you want isn’t nearly as difficult as it might at first appear. The biggest problem is making the decision. As La Rochefoucauld put it, ‘Few things are impracticable in themselves, and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.’

An Immodest Assertion

I think even Sherlock Holmes would agree I don’t waste much time underestimating myself. Or maybe I should say, more accurately, I don’t underestimate my work. I feel it’s a real blessing that even some of my earlier efforts still have the power to amaze and inspire me. This was certainly true in recent days, when I started to listen for the first time in years to an early cassette program I produced in the 1980s, even before the very popular Moneylove tapes. It was called Live Long and Prosper. And here’s where the immodesty comes in, I truly had forgotten how damn good it was!

So good, I am going to use it as the source material for my next Moneylove Club audio program. What I’m now working on is choosing audio passages from the 12 sides of Live Long and Prosper, and I will transfer to digital files and edit these segments, and have up-to-date comments on each one. If this produces the powerful result I anticipate, eventually I will repeat this with the Moneylove tapes from Nightingale-Conant, and probably do expanded digital versions in which I reproduce the entire original programs, but with audio annotations and comments doubling the size of the original. Here’s one statement from the first side of that program, titled A Sense of Purpose:

Most people today don’t know exactly where they’ve been, don’t know where they’re going or what they want–and rarely know what’s going on at the moment, really going on at the moment. Everything works better with a sense of purpose, a sense that you know where you are going and some of the vehicles that are going to take you there. With that sense of purpose clearly envisioned, you can then relax and enjoy the ride.

Many of these older offerings prove my point that tried and true is often better than new. Even the worldwide success, The Secret, was largely based on a book published over a hundred years ago. And the thoughts originally expressed by such masters of personal development as Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale hold up much better than some of those being put out by today’s most successful prosperity thinkers and teachers are likely to do. We are so focused on the young and the new in today’s short attention span world, that we often carelessly toss aside some of this older wisdom, just as the Romans destroyed the ancient library of Alexandria.

The wisest and most effective of today’s motivators have done their homework, and not only know this material from the wise elders of personal growth, but incorporate it into their work, creating an inspiring blend of the old and new.

Where I am more fortunate than most is that I have been doing this for over thirty years now, and can, in addition to my early mentors, also dip into my own earlier work for inspiration. Maybe it isn’t modest, but it is tried and true.

Jerry

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