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All Truth Goes Through Three Stages

Posted April 06, 2005, 10:09 AM | Ideas For Life | Comments (2)

According to German philosopher, Arthur Shopenhauer, all truth goes through three stages.

First, it will be ridiculed.

Second, it will be violently opposed.

Third, it will be accepted as self-evident.

I think that he was right. For years, I’ve watched ideas go through these steps. Some move through faster than others. Actually, the blogosphere is accelerating the process and that's a very good thing.

What does Shopenhauer’s idea mean to you and me? Well, when it comes to opportunity, it means that we need to involve ourselves in something during the first two stages, when it’s being ridiculed or violently opposed because, even though less than 3% of people will ever embrace a concept during those stages, that's where the opportunity is greatest. Leaders position themselves in the first two stages. Followers wait until it's self-evident. Simple as that.

So, if you’re getting ridiculed or violently opposed, cheer up! You may just be in the right place at the right time!

Unless of course, it’s a really bad idea. Then you’re being ridiculed and violently opposed for good reason.


Thanks for the encouragement Eric. The past two years of my life have had many instances of these stages. When I was laid-off from my last job (2003), I decided continue to work in my career field, Video Production, but to work on MY terms. Everyone in my family and a few friends thought I was nuts. "Where's the stability?", they would ask. "What about retirement?" I knew running my own business was going to take a lot of work, but I didn't want to punch a clock anymore. It's been a wonderful expereince!

I have a new group of close friends and mentors who have encouraged me in this process. Everything I have learned from Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, and Dave Anderson has been applied to every aspect of my life and I AM in control of my life. Today I work with "Famous" Dave Anderson, my mentor, in developing personal and professional development material for young people. It's a great opportunity to work with people I thought I would never work with.

Those who doubted are still punching clocks and hoping for a retirement. I glad I chose a "Better Life".

Posted by: Mark Lundeen | Apr 6, 2005 12:11:49 PM

Shaw said:

reasonable men change themselves to suit the world
and unreasonable men change the world to suit themselves

therefore: all change is made by unreasonable men.

I put that as a line in my film, (that was then later cut) However we are screening this Saturday April 9th at Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Hollywood, 90038 310 492 5569 for tickets.

The film titled "FREE to a Good Home" is
a fictional full-length feature film about a girl who rescues animals. (You can find out more on our website, linked above.)

If you are in LA, I hope you will come by. It has been a LONG five year journey of indie filmmaking. The film made by donations of rescuers and the artistic community.

Posted by: BohemianBlogger | Apr 6, 2005 6:36:19 PM

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