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I had the same thoughts (revelations) as Björk.
I had the same thoughts (revelations) as Seth Godin.
I had the same thoughts (revelations) as Gary Vaynerchuk.
I had the same thoughts (revelations) as Yuval Noah Harari.
I had the same thoughts (revelations) as Jim Carrey.
And that’s just the beginning of my list. The thought that it is not necessary to provide a full list of those people prevented me from doing it here.
It is always fascinating to me because I’m listening to this interview or watching this documentary or reading something they wrote and suddenly I realize that I too had this insight. I’ve never heard them say it before, never watched this documentary before and never read their book before and nonetheless I had the same big idea (revelation).
Didn’t my mom always tell me that I can’t compare myself to people who are on a completely different (unattainable) level? To all those icons, geniuses, legends. She probably only wanted to protect me from disappointment.
Don’t most people just say “Yeah, right.” because they assume it is impossible to be as smart as those big names? Because they let other people convince them it’s impossible (their parents, teachers, other adults, i.e. those who already know how it all played out in their lives and thus assumed that they also know what is and what isn’t possible in this world in general).
Didn’t various people instruct us“If you haven’t read at least one book such and such a writer, philosopher, poet, thinker, leader wrote you know nothing about life.”?
How come I have the same thoughts as those icons?
I guess all of us can have those ideas. It’s not that some people have a better access to them. It’s just that some people ponder more and ask way more questions (challenge the status quo and the existing rules) than the average person.
The average person is too busy keeping pace in this fast-paced world (they told themselves that it is a fast-paced world, then they believed it, and then they told themselves that they must fit in, and hence they adjusted). They’re busy keeping pace with their high school or college peers and updating their Facebook feed for all their Facebook friends and relatives to see.
I think “If you haven’t read at least one book such and such a writer, philosopher, poet, thinker, leader wrote you know nothing about life” is a yet another cliché in our society.
In my opinion (and why should it be humble?) people who say such things assume that we will never be able to achieve a comparable level of awareness those historic figures were able to achieve.
Like, we’re always busy idolizing those past masters, and we wonder how those Greek or Chinese philosophers knew it so well, and we tell others how they should read this book by this author or that book by that author, because only then their lives will be richer and they enlightened.
Don’t tell people (especially young people) that it is so super important to read what those past masters wrote. Besides, past masters could have been wrong (although it is unthinkable to us now after years of hearing and saying how awesome they were and they were geniuses and all). And it is OK. Nothing wrong with being wrong sometimes.
Tell them that it is super important that they use their own brain. That they too have it and thus can come to the same conclusions / have the same revelations. And I don’t need to tell anybody what it does to one’s self-confidence when they have those “genius” thoughts.