There are tons of myths out there in the world. Some can be demystified with common sense. Others with a little research. However, there is one myth that will never hold water, yet everyone uses on the day-to-day to stop them from doing the things needed to start their dreams. It prevents them from reading new radical books. It also prevents them from using their logical thinking. The theory runs rampant every time a new idea pops up and it’s mostly proposed by people who thinks small and safe. This theory comes in many forms, but the objective of the question is still the same: it prevents the average person from being better than average.
That question is: What if everyone does this?
That’s right. That question is asked by people every time when a radical idea that pops up. I seen countless reviews of “self-help” books and videos that encourages new ways of thinking and being productive. Some of them are “controversial” ways of doing things. And at least in every one of these reviews, the “Everyone theory” comes up. When you think of the everyone theory, logically it makes sense. If everyone does what you want to do, then maybe the world may go into chaos, the economy will be in an uproar, the sky will fall down, and it will be the end of the world as we know it.
Alright, maybe I’m blowing it out of proportion here, but this is basically what the everyone theory equals to. It can be phased in so many ways, such as:
- If this is a good idea, how come everyone is not doing it?
- If everyone goes after their dreams, what’s going to happen to the world?
- If everyone becomes sellers, who are the buyers?
You get the idea. The “everyone theory” stops people from acting and most of all, stop thinking. Well, instead of stopping, I’m going to show you just how simple it is to turn this question around.
Let’s examine the question and change it around. Instead of asking “what if everyone does this” let’s ask “what if everyone thinks like me?” Think about it. What if everyone does think like you? Do you think the world may go into chaos or will the world be at peace? Because, this is the real question you are asking yourself. You see, everyone don’t think like you. Everyone will not have the same education nor the same preferences such as you. There will never be another you in the history books. So, the real question should be, “what’s stopping me?” or “is this idea the system for me?”
As you examine yourself, you’ll understand that more and more. Not everyone will think the same. And if we look on the other side of the coin, not everyone will listen to teacher. That’s right. Some people don’t care to look any further than where they are comfortable. Some people will never get out of the comfort zone. And some, sadly, are doomed to their own devices. The question is, do you want to be doom to your own habits and devices?
I can go on and on about this theory, but to keep it short and simple, if you ever catch yourself asking this question or if you ever hear anyone not recommending you to do something based on the “everyone theory” just keep in mind the following things:
- Not everyone is going to jump off a bridge.
- Not everyone is going to do the exact same thing.
- There is only one you and no one will ever… think like you.
Oh, and the world will still be the same as you left it… insane, yet sane.