Countering Cynicism


All of us have some Chicken Little in us. You remember Chicken Little—the character in the children’s fable who ran around the barnyard warning other animals that the sky was falling. Chicken Little had a doom and gloom attitude toward life. He was a classic cynic.

There are Chicken Littles everywhere, especially in the financial world. If you want to be rich, you need to stop listening to their clucking. “The-sky-is-falling” warnings from financial cynics are just a lot of empty noise. We hear that noise all around us, from friends, family, co-workers, and the media, and we tend to succumb to it because inside each of us there is a little bit of chicken.

Why should we ignore and counter the cynics? Because cynics never win. They’re do-nothing alarmists who spend all their time spreading fear. Cynics are pessimists. It’s the people who read a situation correctly who end up winning—the analysts.

According to Kiyosaki, Cynicism blinds you to opportunities, while analysis opens your eyes to possibilities. One leads to paralysis, the other to action. Peter Lynch of Fidelity Magellan recalls the time during the 1950s when the threat of nuclear war was so prevalent that people began building expensive fallout shelters and storing food and water. Had they used their hard-earned dollars to make some wise investments instead, those Chicken Littles would probably be financially independent today.

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“Cynics criticize and winners analyze.”

HOW CAN YOU COUNTER CYNICISM?

Kiyosaki said to think of things you don’t want to happen and things you do want to happen. If your I-don’t-wants outweigh your I-wants, you may be letting doubt and fear close your mind instead of open your eyes.

Financial education is the key in countering cynics. If you are educated enough, you will be able to fully analyze the details of each investment that you will about to enter. You can weigh the pros and cons. Surely, a lot of your friends and relatives will sway you away from investing with a lot of negative feedbacks most especially if it involves a lot of risks and huge capital. However, if you know what you are doing, then you can counter those cynics. You can overcome your fear. After all, risks and failures are always part of every success!

Source: Robert Kiyosaki’s Coaching Program

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Tyrone is a passionate financial literacy advocate. He started this blog on November 2008 when he watched The Secret which talked about Law of Attraction because he wanted to become a millionaire and wanted to know how a millionaire acts. At the age of 26, he achieved his first million. To find out more about him, click here or follow him at Instagram

8 responses on “Countering Cynicism

    • When I look at the history of mankind I don’t see a race of people who all get along and come together to build a better society. I see a race of tribal animals who will protect the tribe for their own benefit, slaughter any other tribe that crosses them and will stab their tribe in the back if it means a furtherance of power.
      Now it can be said that we as people were more ignorant at that time which means observing ancient civilisations cannot give us a good understanding of the nature of humans. But that isn’t the case, as cynicism is about the nature of humans as animals we must look at a time when humans started out. And humans started out as brutal and evil creatures. Whilst these ancient people new nothing about their enemy, there was nothing to lead them to believe that they were worthy of slaughter, that was just something the ancient tribes presumed.
      With all this in mind, how exactly is knowledge supposed to convince me of the good of humans?

  1. Good one, Tyrone. I hate to admit it but I’m a pessimist. And thank God he gave me a wife who is as optimistic as I am pessimistic. We’ve had lots of arguments due to the opposite positions we have in this ‘pole’. But like you said, when I looked back at my past, I realize that I may have amounted to something more had I taken a step outside my pessimistic bubble at some particular points in my life.

    Hey, funny that this post not only gave me insight into cynicism but also gave me an adsense trick ‘tip’. That’s a strategic rich dad tip you got there. 🙂 (wink)

    • A cynic is someone who believes in the evil of humanity, a pessimist is someone who presumes everything will turn out badly. If you can’t tell the difference then just leave now.

  2. If you know something definitely you act on it, so if you’re afraid to do something that you fear, Just learn about it and when the time you know it, thats the time you will make an action for it.

  3. I wouldn’t count on cynics to be just pessimistic folks in the financial world; instead, I would assume that they have vested interests in making some other people panic.

    • Why would we have a desire to scare people? We cynics believe humans are evil but we’re not sociopaths.

  4. You seem to have it in your mind that a cynic is some angsty teenager sitting around saying “Everythings terrible, I hate everything, especially my parents” or something like that. You have joined the depressingly large amount of people who confuse cynicism with some warped form of Pessimism, and this is absurd.
    A cynic is someone who believes in the evil of humanity and I suppose whilst many cynics do reject optimism that is because optimism relies on the good of the people involved which is against the values of cynicism, not because it is equal to pessimism.
    And there seems to be this implied message that a cynic can simply stop being a cynic just by altering how you conduct yourself, this simply isn’t the case. If you can stop being a cynic just by acting differently then you weren’t a cynic to begin with; as cynicism is a world view instead of a personality trait, a real cynic can’t stop being a cynic just by pretending not to be cynical just like an atheist can’t stop being an atheist just by saying they don’t believe in god. I will be convinced not to be a cynic when I see evidence that humans aren’t evil, just acting more positively will not convince me.

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