Wise & Wealthy: Convincing people and building your business

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#29 – September 5, 2022

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Wise: Convincing people

When we try to convince people to change their habits or routines, we often get pushback. Whether it’s at work or at home, we don’t like it when others tell us we need to change something.

Every person is unique. When we try to convince, nudge, or inspire people to change, we’re trying something that’s impossible. 

We only change when we make that decision. Change comes from within.

For instance, when you read a book and you decide to make a change in your life, it’s not the author who changed you—it’s you. Sure, someone else can make you aware of something, but the actual change comes from within.

I think that’s also true for work. When you’re part of a good-performing team, and one person wants to leave, I wouldn’t convince them to stay. If someone wants to leave, there must be a valid reason.

↳ Stop Trying to ‘Convince’ People

Wealthy: Building your business

Before starting my blog in 2015, I started a few other businesses. I failed at some and succeeded at others. The experiences gave me a lot of input and lessons to write about later.

Remember: When you fail or something doesn’t work out, you can always use that experience in the future.

What matters is that you try. The people who never try might never fail, but they also never learn the invaluable experience of failure.

There are always things we can’t learn unless we go through them. Some things you can’t learn from a book. Entrepreneurship is a good example.

I know many of my readers want to start some kind of side business or create a product. Go for it! We’re not getting any younger.

↳ Best Entrepreneurship Articles: Over 50 Posts to Build a Business

One interesting thing

Today’s interesting thing comes from the book, The Highly Sensitive Person, by psychologist Elaine Aron:

Highly sensitive people are not necessarily soft or emotional. It’s about having very strong senses, as Aron writes:

“People differ considerably in how much their nervous system is aroused in the same situation, under the same stimulation. The difference is largely inherited, and is very real and normal.”

I can relate to that as well. If you find yourself responding to certain situations and others are looking at you weirdly, know that you’re not weird!

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this edition of Wise & Wealthy useful.

All the best,


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