Most Success is accidental . . . or Self-Fulfilling Prophesy

Often the heretics succeed while the rest of humanity toils.

They’re heretics until that day when they break through (succeed) at which time they become Geniuses . . . A la Bill Gates – Rags to riches  . . . and started the enterprise in the parent’s garage.

I am of the belief that we ALL have the same potential within each and every one of us . . . yet most folks never get around to developing that potential into reality.

It’s scary to be a prophesy, a person who sees a different way that others will do everything in their power to discredit because it’s different and out of the box.

They say things like:

  • “Oh! That’s pie in the sky thinking and it’ll NEVER work!”
  • “NO ONE will buy into THAT!”
  • “What? Have you lost your marbles?”
  • “You’re not playing with a full deck if you think THAT’s possible!”
  • “People are going to judge you as a crazy person” . . . and whisper amongst themselves that your elevator definitely doesn’t go to the top floor

Of course, many of those people who believe the naysayers will put the kibosh on the plan and will never know if it would have succeeded . . . until someone ELSE does it and SUCCEEDS at which point they scoff and say: “Oh! I thought of doing THAT years ago . . . (sigh)”

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior. . . . 20th-century sociologist Robert K. Merton is credited with coining the expression “self-fulfilling prophecy” and formalizing its structure and consequences. In his 1948 article Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Merton defines it in the following terms:

The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.[1]

hmmm – “Evoking a new behavior”

Isn’t this descriptive of: “What you FOCUS on EXPANDS!”

Proper focus coupled with the right “new behavior” is the quintessential incubator for SUCCESS.

There now . . . We just solved ALL of your problems simply by declaring YOU a . . .

PROPHECY!

(Weirdo!)

Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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