Mindset Mastery 36 – The Human Perspective

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenToo often, we are unable to change our lives because we cannot see beyond our own circumstances. This is precisely the closed-minded ignorance that keeps the majority from creating wealth, and instead, keeps the masses in the middle-ground limbo of being the working poor.

“Another weakness found in altogether too many people is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some people who read this book will believe that no one can think and grow rich. They cannot think in terms of wealth and riches, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.

You don’t have to look far for illustration of this point. Consider how you look upon people of other nationalities and cultures, physically. You think of your own appearance as the base for ‘normal’ and find their looks to be exotic and different. Few of us stop very often to consider that on the flip side, from the ‘outsider’s’ point of view, you are the person who looks unique.

Another simple case in point—accents. Wherever you are from, whatever the accent you speak with, that is what sounds ‘right’ or ‘normal’ to you. When a visitor from another part of the country or world arrives or moves in, you find their speech to be interesting, maybe even strange. No doubt, however, that same person is thinking the same of the way you, and nearly everyone else in your region, talks.

We recognize this phenomenon in modern society as a level of ignorance, yet, we have difficulty truly overcoming it, and sometimes even make conclusions about a person because they do not speak or look like us.”

A Change In Attitude

Changing even very small personal perceptions such as your attitude towards another person’s accent or physical appearance will elicit the kind of change in attitude needed to start seeing that there is more to life than your present circumstance, and that that better life is readily available to you if you have purpose of thought and determination.

I will see you back here every Monday and Thursday for the continuation of the Mindset Mastery series.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. KINGSLEY EYO says:

    i love this one sean bye.

  2. Very good post Sean. Must say I agree. The over used adage “thinking outside the box” can certainly be applied to changing attitude. We will achieve success and growth by looking beyond what is easily visible, accessible and attainable.

    Zack Zufelts last blog post..History’s Best Kept Secret

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,
    I think I can see further than my own circumstances. I don’t judge anyone by how they look, how they speak, what they wear or what they own.
    I take everyone at face value and the only thing I judge them on is the way they treat me. I love the saying that you can’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes because you won’t know what you will do until you’re faced with the same set of circumstances.
    One of my favourite ways to expand my view of what is possible for me, is to visit open houses that are a little out of my reach. As I walk around the house, I see myself having breakfast there, swimming in the pool, etc. It sounds crazy, I know, but it helps me to focus on my goals if I can touch the things I want.

  4. Hi Sean,
    I like your examples. These differences are easier to spot than the differences in mindset, but the mindset has the bigger influence (I think).
    Maybe we can see the process to learn how to “think and grow rich” like learning a new language. It’s the language how I talk with myself and about certain topics with others. Learn and use the new language and you will be able to maneuver in that country called “success” easily. Don’t learn it and you will feel left out, lost and not belonging. And that might make you angry at the people that speak it easily.
    I guess this is why successful people like to meet with other successful people, because they speak the same language, understand each other and feel accepted.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  5. Hi Sean

    You might have hit the nail on the head for why we haven’t been able to solve the problem of extreme poverty yet – even in 2010.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  6. Hi All
    Knowing my linage, I KNOW any thing is possible (I do forget for a bit at times) but not very often these days
    My heritage .. both my Mothers and fathers side go back to Flora McDonald (Bonny Prince Charles) and more recently on my mothers side Mary McKillop and we all know how determined she was.

  7. “Too often, we are unable to change our lives because we cannot see beyond our own circumstances.” So many times, when my kids were little and we had had a couple of weeks of endless rain, they would start to become despondent. And I would tell them that above all the clouds the sun was still shining every day. I used this analogy on myself when pulling myself from my own ‘dark night’. The next layer of the paradigm ‘onion’ surely is to let go the illusions and know abundance is plentiful and available to all . So maybe I shall just start to describe myself as an onion peeler.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  8. Hello Sean,

    It amazes me to see how many of the population are not really wealthy. Wealth is not about money, its also about the mindset behind the money. If you can not see how “think and grow rich” works by believing in the book, and believing in yourself then really the person will never grow. It all boils down to having the right attitude with the education to back up your dreams and determined to reach the end result. Everyone can “Think and Grow Rich” – believe and you will.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Too Much Sun =-.

  9. It amuses me when I hear Americans talk of their beautiful country as being better than all other countries. I admit there is a lot going for it. But you don’t hear this sort of talk so much from the relatively small number of Americans who have traveled to Europe or Australia or Canada. World travel opens the mind up to greater possibilities and perspectives.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  10. Hey Sean,

    Just a quick one.

    As I was reading your post, I immediately thought of myself and my impatience with a lot of other drivers on the Melbourne roads. I keep thinking that half of Melbourne’s peak hour traffic congestion would be alleviated if people actually drove to the appropriate speed limits, instead of being overly cautious and driving slower.

    As I’m driving, I also feel that others don’t seem to have any real clue of what is going on around them. The fact that they are in a 60 zone, doing 40 on a sunny day, with a good 500m or more between them and the car in front, and behind them, an ever increasing trail of cars. That is, until someone either gets really impatient and passes illegally, or the road goes from one lane to two and most can pass the car in question.

    Just a thought.



  11. Hi Sean

    I grew up in a very unusual situation, born in a western country went to school in a western country with european parent who insisted on holding on to the ‘old country’ values and not allowed to mix with certain ‘coloured’ children nor attend religious instruction at school or go to any other church (even though religion was not spoken at home). Our parents tried to turn us into ‘the foreigners’ of our school and community but it didn’t work.

    I thought this absurd as I played with friends who were Indian, Samoan, Fijian, Maori, Cook Island, Romanian, Greek etc and they were no different from me. We knew some had darker skin but that was the only difference to us.

    Amazingly, my siblings and I have no prejudices whatsoever and love all races.

    In my travels, especially to third world countries I learned one very important thing. We all have the same wants and needs. Even people in poverty want to drink Coca Cola, drive a sports car, own a lovely house, go to the movies, have a DVD etc.

    We must start with our own selves first and see if there is something we need to change.

    .-= Elly´s last blog .. =-.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, Sean,
    I grew up in a rural area on the Oregon coast. We had very few people of other races or cultures living there. There were no African-Americans in the schools, and only one couple in the entire county. There were a handful of Asians, and another handful of Latinos. There was a small Native American population with a reservation just over the county line. Surprisingly, I grew up with no predjudices, only a curiosity about the different peoples and their histories. This could be due to the fact that I seldom got out much, and was too shy to interact with my peers while growing up.

    I mention all this because the area is sometimes referred to as the “Northern “South”. There are more bigoted and predjudiced people per capita than other more populated areas. The perception of most residents is that anyone different should not be tolerated, and anyone with dark skin of any tone should leave. Few people here would believe, let alone understand the concepts and ideas in “Think and Grow Rich”. Sometimes it is a struggle to maintain a healthy mindset amidst all the negativity. But, I am stubborn, and determined. I just work at it a little harder sometimes. 😀

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      That’s really interesting. I still find it amazing that people can have those kinds of attitudes in this day and age. This just shows how wonderful you are to not just give in and go with the flow. It’s never easy to be in a minority.

      Maybe in time, your healthy mindset will rub off and these people will see the error of their ways. You’re a fantastic role model for your children. 🙂
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

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