I remember reading an article by a journalist a few years ago. I won’t name and shame them – partly because it’s a distraction; partly because it’s an archetype.
This isn’t something that happened. It’s something that happens, and won’t ever stop.
The article was an angry, vicious attack on a fellow writer. The journalist was angry – not irritated, not professionally concerned, but outright outraged. I felt awkward reading it, like listening to a drunken uncle discuss politics.
This journalist spent probably 2,000 words condemning this poor fool of a writer. The tirade focused on how the writer wrote in an earlier piece that start-ups were great businesses. In a series of paragraphs beginning with “well, actually”, the journalist pointed out that most start-ups fail, leaving most entrepreneurs miserable and broke.
And that’s awesome. If you’re not injecting truth into the topic, then what are you doing?
Except there’s one teeny tiny little problem…
The original author never said start-ups were good for entrepreneurs. All they said was that they’re good for the economy.
I checked and double-checked this. The original writer clearly said they were good for the country, if not the individuals running them. The journalist went on a long, deranged rant arguing against a point that wasn’t there.
Now you might be thinking “oh yeah, I read that article.” You’re probably thinking of a different one. Like I say, this is something that happens. It’ll probably happen again not long after I write this.
But it shouldn’t. I can’t help but feel that good journalists would know what they’re talking about. They’d identify the issue and write about that, instead of arguing with their own hallucinations.
Your life ain’t the media, though. You can be as flimsy with the truth as you want.
You don’t need to know what your issues are to resolve them. After all, some part of you knows. Trust that to figure it out.
Sure, sometimes it needs some help and it’s hard to know how to support it. When that happens, listen to my guided meditations. I don’t know how you need to change and I don’t need to. They put you in a new state of mind, where your inner problem solver figures it out.
And every time you listen to them, you improve in new ways.
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