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Self-Improvement Myths?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 November 2010

 




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Self-Improvement Myths?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 125
Posted DateWednesday 24 November 2010 14:20 GMT
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Linkshttp://blogs.hbr.org/schrage/2010/09/which-self-improvement- ... 
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CategoriesPersonal Development; Science
PeopleMichael Schrage, Siddhārtha Gautama 

In reading this article on Self-Improvement Myths by Michael Schrage. It reminded me of a quotation I recently added to my collection.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.



Good advice, given its 2,500 years old! Almost everyday I seem to trip over recent and not so recent research that shows that much of what we take for granted and never question has little or no evidence to support it whatsoever.




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