False Choices

“Better 100 friends than 100 rubles.”~ Russian proverb

I don’t always agree with proverbs, and I don’t agree with this one. While I believe that friends are more important than money, I think the proverb is inspiring a false choice. Both are good and you can have both.

In his book “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” T. Harv Eker points out that rich people think “and”, the rest of us think “or”. By thinking or, that we must choose one and not the other, we are making a choice when no choice is required–a false choice.
We can also make a bad decision by using or to justify a bad decision. Should we eat the fries or the dessert? Neither. Sometimes the right choice is to do nothing, or at least none of the above.

When at a restaurant, look for what you’ll wish you had eaten, not for what looks good. It all looks good, right.

As a computer programmer, I learned that “and”, “or” and not are logical filters that can precisely control what to include or exclude. When they are needed and used appropriately good things happen.
So listen for the words: and, or, not. Ask yourself why, and why not.

Fries or dessert? Why not neither?
100 friends or 100 rubles? Why not both? Why not 1000?

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