How To Deal With Advice From Self-Proclaimed Gurus

One of the things I am keen to avoid with Zen Motivation is coming off as some sort of personal development guru.  The sandbox I clearly want to play in is that of street philosopher holding firm to the idea that the one thing I know is that I know nothing.  The whole point of this venture for me is to explore ideas and see where they lead me and that might result in contradictions, but as Emerson said in Self-Reliance:

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. – Waldo Ralph Emerson

To remind myself not to fall into the guru trap, I created this slide deck:

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Here’s to self-reliance and being misunderstood 🙂


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