You've been scammed.

Repeat after me, “I've been scammed."  Or if you prefer say, "I've been lied to." It's okay- we all have. And, if you are able to admit it (and forgive yourself), you've taken the first and largest step to preventing it from happening again.

I have to credit Seth Godin and his revolutionary book, Linchpin (Amazon link), for the inspiration (the unabridged audio version in which Seth reads it is especially powerful). He is bold enough to lay out that we were flat-out scammed. We were sold the American dream. He explains how we traded our genius and personal dreams for security and jobs that tell us what to do.

It's not your fault. You have had Fortune 500 companies, politicians, churches, schools/teachers, bosses, books, and TV telling you the way things are for a long time. You have been indoctrinated by propaganda since you were born. Their story made sense. It was convenient. And they told you what you wanted to hear.

You looked to your parents to learn about life. They told you how things were- and you believed them. They meant well. But they were indoctrinated too. And brain-washed.

And now you're brain-washed too. You can say it, "I'm brain-washed." And then finally admit to yourself, "I allowed so many people to tell me how things are for so long that I don't even know what's real anymore."

It's okay. It's just that now it's time for us to wake up. It's time to think for ourselves. We no longer have the luxury of drinking the Kool-Aid. We have to look inside. If something doesn't feel right–it's probably not. You owe it to yourself (and your children) to find the truth.

But pay attention. The spin-doctors are really good at what they do- and their stories are seductive.

And there is a lot at stake.

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