NOTE: This is a guest post by Sean Burrows.
A common belief is that the level of our intelligence is something we’re born with. We are led to believe that smart people are just more gifted, and if you weren’t blessed with this gift from birth, you’re shit outta luck.
We’re of course, led to believe in this lie from the very moment we enter school. We’re continuously tested on the same material as everybody else, and are always being compared and competing with our other classmates.
We’re given “IQ” tests, which gives us a score based on how well we’re able to memorize subjects we learn in school. And whatever number you get is how intelligent you are, and that you can never be higher than that number on a piece of paper.
The fact is, the ones who achieve the highest scores on these sad excuses of an IQ test, are the ones who just got really good at memorizing what they’re told to memorize.
The ones who don’t like being told they have to “memorize” all of this mostly worthless information just to be considered smart (like me), didn’t do very well and was looked down upon, making you actually believe you’ll never be smart enough to make something of yourself.
This education system is designed to glorify the ones who get good at the skill of memorizing, being told what to do without question, and who never actually think for themselves like robots.
The ones who see that what they’re being told to memorize is in actuality worthless in the real world, don’t like being told what to do, think for themselves, and question everything, get pushed into the back are made to feel like a lesser human. And in some cases are diagnosed with ADD, given medication, which begins to numb them down so they start to act like the rest of the “normal” people.
This system is dependent on people doing what they’re told without question. From our school teachers to our bosses. Like a bunch of worker bees being controlled by the queen.
Truth is, this system we’ve all been brought up in is built on the sand. If we all decided to become individuals, think for ourselves, dictate our own lives, and were able to focus our creativity on learning new things, helping people, and what we’re most passionate about, it would crumble rapidly.
How to Bring Real Change
There are countless methods, and dollars being spent, to make sure humans don’t begin thinking for themselves and actually start questioning the world we’ve been conditioned to live in for so long.
But it can’t hold itself up forever. I believe the change has already begun. You see, when something comes along that resonates deep within people, it spreads like a wild fire burning through a dry field on a windy day.
One of these somethings is called blogging.
There’s around 175,000 or more new blogs being born each and every day. Only a few years ago, blogging was something not very many people knew much about.
Why has it spread so fast? Is it because humans have finally found a way to escape from the social norm? For many people, blogging is a way too:
• Express Your Individuality and Creativity
• Exchange Valuable Real-Life Information
• A Chance to Help People
• Financial Independence
• Connect With Like-Minded People
Thanks to blogging more and more people are becoming financially free. More are beginning to see the insanity of living the 9-5 life. More are becoming free-thinkers and creative beings again. We’re finding our passions and where our true intelligence lies, We’re becoming free.
This is why blogging is spreading like a virus. New ideas, dreams, and creative expression can now be exchanged world-wide in a matter of seconds with minimal costs. There’s no stopping it and its only just beginning.
Many think the financial melt-down a few years ago was a tragedy. I say it was a blessing. Since that happened, people have been finding new ways to support themselves with less. More and more people are beginning to realize what’s truly valuable in this world other than fancy material possessions. I for one am truly grateful to witness and be a part of it.
If you’ve read any books by Seth Godin, you’ll remember how he strongly emphasizes the power that the internet has given individuals. With today’s world wide web, it’s very easy for you to reach hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people with your ideas, products or art, totally on your own without a team of people and huge funding behind you.
This gives everyone an equal chance to enormous success and influence, but of course just because everyone can be successful doesn’t mean everyone will be. The same rules of success apply online just like anywhere in the real world. You need to work hard, smart and be unique in order to be better than everyone else.
The only thing holding people back and keeping this old system alive is the fear of the unknown. A lot of people (including myself sometimes) are afraid to change their old ways and move out of their comfort zones. But the only way to achieve the life you want and have true happiness, is by living outside your comfort zone and being yourself.
I don’t see this happening for much longer. I see people hungry for true change in the world. I see people tired of being conned into believing that electing a specific leader will bring the change we’re so thirsty for.
Blogging isn’t the only example of course, but it’s definitely the one we’re all most familiar with.
Intelligence is much more than a number on a page, it’s a skill that can be achieved by anyone willing to put in the hard work, and dedication into whatever it is they want in life. There are many forms of intelligence far beyond a limited IQ test and math equations. I’m trying to wake you up and help you think outside the box. Don’t work with the limitations imposed upon you by society through social conditioning.
What’s your form of intelligence? What do you enjoy doing the most? What lets you express yourself creatively and makes you excited to think about?
What gives you that passion where you’d have the same enthusiasm whether you were talking to one person or 500,000 about it?
Sean Burrows loves to learn and discover new ways to improve the quality of peoples lives. He studies personal development and health rigorously, and shares his life’s lessons, creative ideas, and healthy recipes through his blog What is Personal Growth – You can also follow Sean on Twitter .
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