“We come to believe that we can only learn when we are young, and that only ‘naturals’ can acquire certain skills. We imagine that we have a limited budget for learning, and that different skills absorb all the effort we plough into them, without giving us anything to spend on other pursuits” – Robert Twigger
One of the Entrepreneurial principles that we advocate as part of our concept of a “Business Family” is Lifelong Learning; that is, continuing to acquire new skills, new knowledge, and greater wisdom, regardless of age. This article by Robert Twigger defines and delves into a term for a person who devotes himself or herself to Lifelong Learning – “polymath”.
I was struck by this quote from the blog post below by Matthew Hoffman in which he talks about his family's background growing up in poverty:
"We’re not the Hipsters of Humility trying to make you feel bad. Honest. We just grew up without much, so that’s actually how we choose to live. We find more joy in life by not being focused on ‘stuff’. I only wish others could have the same experience. To be able to reject materialism because it just isn’t something you need, that’s a true blessing."
So if Hoffman and his family aren't "Hipsters of Humility", who is? I suspect that this term refers to people who believe and project a way of being that they are "better than" others because they reject materialism. I emphasize "better than" because it's one of the ways that the Arbinger Institute has identified that we betray ourselves and see others as objects rather than human beings.
One of the great things about the way Arbinger frames things and one of the reasons why Empowered Wealth aligns with Arbinger's work is that this whole paradigm of seeing people as objects becomes the crux of most interpersonal, family, government, business, and international conflicts. Furthermore, the solution is to see other people as human beings with similar desires and aspirations for True Wealth.
As I’m writing this, my smartphone says that it’s 8 degrees outside and that it’s only going to get up to 20 degrees as the high for the day. I’ve been anticipating this weather for several days now and it’s finally arrived. What I realized this morning is that it’s not the cold weather that’s the problem. I have plenty of warm clothing, a well-heated place with complete shelter from the elements, a modern car with a heater and even a seat warmer. No, the problem isn’t the the cold weather; it’s my resistance to the cold weather. The same is true of my resistance to many things: to food I don’t like, to being tired, to being bored, to being on a plane full of strangers, etc.