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Are YOU Stupid?

J.F. (Jim) Straw
by J.F. (Jim) Straw

Thankfully, almost no one is stupid about everything. Then again, unfortunately, almost everyone is stupid about some things.

Do you ASK questions about the things you want to know about? Or, do you just accept whatever answers you can find on your own … not wanting to appear to be stupid?

When you are asked a question, do you respond by quoting, almost word for word, the answer given by some authority figure (or, worse yet, the party-line), without thinking?

Do you ever question the answers you already think you know? — I do, all the time.

When faced with two answers to the same question, do you ASK yourself ‘why?’ there are two answers? Do you ever ASK yourself whether or not the person giving you an answer has an ulterior motive?


Stupidity Can Be Cured!

All you have to do is ASK!

Every condition in your life has it’s cause. — Poor people are poor, because they have never asked themselves, “why am I poor?” — They just accept the condition and pass it along to their offspring.

Unless YOU learn to ASK for what you want from life, you will be stupid. But, you have to keep on asking, and Asking, and ASKING until you get the answers that will, finally and lastingly, lead you to a full understanding of success in business and in life.

Rudyard Kipling said it best:

I keep six honest serving-men
[They taught me all I knew];
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who

If you will notice, there isn’t an answer in the bunch.

ASK, and you will receive. — It is better to appear to be stupid in the eyes of really stupid people than to NOT ASK and really be stupid yourself.

An Answer To Yet Another Enigma

Throughout my life in the business community, I have pondered not only the tried and proven methods of success but also the reasons why people can not, or do not, succeed.

One of the enigmas I have long pondered is the fact that almost all of the opportunities that guarantee success (to anyone who participates) have the highest failure rates (i.e., over 99% of the participants in Multi-Level Marketing programs fail).

A resolution to that enigma became apparent when I came across this quotation:

“There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.” — Andrew Carnegie

The reason most people fail in those “guaranteed success” opportunities is because people are not invited into the opportunity to “help themselves.” They are invited into the opportunity with the promise that they will not be required to help themselves.

As the wee Scotsman observed, they cannot be pushed up the ladder.

Having spent over 50 years in business, doing business successfully, J.F. (Jim) Straw now shares “Practical Instruction in the Arts & Sciences of Making Money” at the Business Lyceum. —

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