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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Mind Over Matter: The Economy of Intentional Thinking

Not knowing what other people are thinking is not the cause of much human misery, but failing to understand the workings of one’s own mind is bound to lead to unhappiness.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.8.

The problem with so many people is not that they cannot think, but that they choose not to. Instead, they would rather do something else with the energy of their mind – dwell on their problems, daydream about what could have been, aimlessly daydream about a fictitious future altogether, or worse yet, allow the comings and goings of everybody else’s problems, pasts, and futures to live in the space of their head.

As your money becomes scarce, so does your tolerance for impulsively spending it. You become more guarded, holding it closer to your chest, less likely to give it over to anyone else and less likely to spend it unwisely. Instead, you become concerned, even obsessive, with finding good opportunities to invest in. You want your money to work for you – to find value and ways to bring you out of poverty and into some real wealth.

Why then do you not jealously guard every ounce of energy your mind has to spend? You’re getting older and the time is running out. How much of your mind do you have left to invest in those things that will enrich your life and the lives of your children? You don’t even know!

So guard your mind. Put down the phone. Forget the unimportant social media updates of people you don’t even have a real relationship with and invest. You have a limited amount of mind power so spend it wisely, put it where it matters and don’t be impulsive or easy to give it over to others do with you whatever they want.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23

Paul Curtman
Paul Curtman is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, an author, conference speaker, and statesman. For nearly 20 years, Paul has helped lead and develop leaders in the United States military, public service sectors, and business. Paul is a strong advocate for personal and economic freedom as well as the strength and integrity of the free market system. He is a Fellow at Club for Growth in Washington D.C. and currently lives in Florida with his wife, Ruth, and their five children.


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