Consider the Merits Not the Source of An Idea – Day 114 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

I accept good ideas no matter their source. I reject bad ideas no matter their source.

My grandmother used to give me this wonderful-sounding advice when someone said something I didn’t like. “Consider the source.”

Having come from my grandmother, I considered this sage wisdom for years. You may have heard this advice as well. Perhaps it consoled you at some moment in your life when  someone was saying something you didn’t want to hear.

Sorry, grandma, but the fact of the matter is this very bad, limiting advice. The fact that so many adults live by it part and parcel to our inability as a society to find answers to our greatest challenges or even to talk about them.

“Consider the source” is really a logical fallacy called Ad hominem – literally attack the person. This is a fallacy that causes you to discount wide swaths of ideas because of WHO proposed the idea. It’s why Democrats and Republicans can’t get things done. WHO had the idea immediately makes it good or bad.

Basically, it’s the argument that your idea isn’t wrong because of reason A. It’s wrong because you said it and you’re an idiot.

Power hack: Here’s real sagely advice for you. It will help you in identifying truly good ideas without prejudicing them based on WHO proposed them or what they are labeled.

Consider the merits of the idea, not the source. Accept good ideas no matter who suggested them and reject bad ideas no matter who suggested them.

This prevents you from following the pack in missing good ideas because an opponent suggested it. It prevents you from following bad ideas proposed by your idols. With this mindset, you can weigh every idea based on its merits and apply the best ideas to the challenges in your life.

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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

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