The Unconventional Conventional Part XXXII
I had occasion to sit with my publisher on what was probably one of the last warm evenings of the year last night and talk. We talk quite often on the phone, but there is nothing like a good old face-to-face meeting in neutral territory. It seems that our ideas and visions can be shared just a bit more freely in a non-threatening environment especially when accompanied by a cool and smooth lager or two.
Quite often, the topic of financial literacy comes up and I asked him if his personal understanding of financial literacy was more in line with the commonly accepted definitions of what financial literacy is. I asked him if he thought it was simply a unanimous agreement on what information was considered to be a “fact”, whether the facts were correct or not correct. And what exactly was it that made those “facts” a fact. Was it just the agreement made by the majority that agreed with the fact that the fact is a fact? Or did it go deeper?
As a writer, I think that my publisher would want to uncover and publish the “facts” that would differentiate his publication from any of the other rags and tabloids that consider themselves to be the “experts” of the financial world, who come armed with their band of writers and journalists who just happen to regurgitate the same old “facts” over and over again, somewhat akin to the insane individual who keeps trying to get a different result by doing the same old thing over and over.
I bring this to your attention because there is also a different side to this discussion. That once a new fact is presented, it is usually disputed by the majority as not actually being a fact until it is either proven or dis-proven. This is a phenomenon which is not exclusive to the financial industry alone. Historically, when the old “fact” is replaced by the new “fact” there seems to be a time lag with the general acceptance of the new fact. The new fact seems to stir things up unless it is not a fact at all and then it just fizzles away along with all the other useless facts. But
what about the facts that introduce a new reality? I believe that these new facts need to be proven, proven as fact. To be successful, success being defined as the progressive realisation of worthy goals, means being open and adaptable to the new facts. Therefore it is important to act on the fact. And that is partly what separates the go-getters from the go-quitters. Writing as “the Unconventional Conventional” my commitment to you, my readers, is to constantly challenge the status quo and the powers that be, to present the “new” facts. Not the useless facts that you hear over and over, but facts that are presenting themselves as the new truth, the new opportunity for you take better control over your financial destiny and empower you to make the best decisions possible. And that’s a fact!
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