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I Knew It

nothing-new-under-the-sun2I found that I already knew it; but I couldn’t get it to work.  There comes a time when in exploring any body of knowledge that you realize that there is little new material out there.  What you really are seeking is a magic trick that can get what you already know about to work for you.  For example, take the subject of dieting, there are only so many kinds of diets, low carb, reduced calorie, etc., that you begin to think that there is nothing new under the sun.  If it works for them, people write about it, talk about it and are enthusiastic about it; but often they fail to convey the one thing they have found that makes it work.

There is a time to stop buying books, viewing videos, and listening to audio recordings as the amount of new information and the number of new insights you get from the material becomes extremely limited.   Your return on your investment in terms of time and money diminishes to almost zero.  In order to get you to purchase materials and go to workshops, promoters promise something new and different with surprising results.  At this point in their studies, people are often disappointed.

solveyourownproblemsI knew it that is the solution to this problem,  It seemed too hard to do,that was to find a way to can make it work for yourself.  We can solve our own problems, but we often have not been encouraged to do this.  People are competitive and like to promote the idea that they can do something or know something you don’t know.  We have innate problem solving abilities, but they are often rusty from disuse and remain almost unused as we usually have no confidence in our ability to do so.  Too often as we grew up, we were encouraged to solve problems the way our parents and teachers did and to come to the same conclusions they did.  When we do solve a problem for ourselves, we are often become discouraged because our mentors often criticized us and rejected our methods and solutions in favor of their own.

I already knew it (but I thought it might be self-aggrandizing to think that I might know almost as much as the “authorities” did in some areas after I had thoroughly studied them.  When I did find a source that I hadn’t examined in those areas, that I learned very little that was new.  One thing that you can do is to expand your area of search and cover material that you may have overlooked or rejected as not being useful to cover.  For example, people who have one religious belief system may have thoroughly studied the information available on that system; but may have avoided learning about other religious systems that they believe to be incompatible with their own.

 

 

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