My White Hot Truth

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I had so much fun doing this interview with WhiteHotTruth’s Danielle LaPorte, I figured I’d share a smidge with you here…

3. What was the dumbest thing that you used to believe in?

Conventional wisdom. Please, I should buy into the collective perceived limitations of large numbers of people who’ve either tried and failed or, far more likely, never had the balls to try?

Why would I ever let THAT guide or limit my own life?!

4. If you had an altar, what would you put on it.

My daughter and wife. They’re first in my heart, my mind, and my spirit. Everything else is cosmic icing.

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13 responses

13 responses to “My White Hot Truth”

  1. Jonathan,

    You had perhaps one of the best quotes I’ve read in a long time on a blog in your interview.

    “Money is a lousy metric for a life well-lived. It matters, but it should be sought as the byproduct of following a path makes her come alive. Wealth is about relationships and experiences, not stuff. Start with passion, then if need be get hyper-creative to MAKE whatever you need to live well in the world follow.”

    Freaking fantastic.

    Money is a lousy metric for a well-lived life and a benchmark I’m trying to pull myself away from. Wanting to become a millionaire or have gobs of money isn’t the end we should be pursuing, but it’s (to borrow a thought from Tim Ferriss) about wanting the experiences we believe Millionaires have. The truth is that 99.9% of these can be had w/o money.

    I know this sounds weird coming from a guy with “Millionaire” in his blog title, but I think you nailed the right thinking in terms of wealth of relationships and experiences in life…not dollars and cents.

  2. Well, fancy meeting White Hot Truth here 😉

    I think most of us can identify with conventional wisdom. That’s why it’s called conventional. Moving forward from it is nice though, isn’t it?


  3. HB says:

    As to answer just #3:

    I used to believe what I was taught in school.

    Now, I learn that so much of it was wrong. Mostly by the error of omission.

    Why? Personal bias. Political bias. Teaching to the test. Teaching something as truth when it is just a possible truth.


    • Jonathan Fields says:

      I think that’s why its so important to never stop questioning assumptions

  4. I used to believe that following the career advice of authority figures in my life would lead me to success and fulfillment. Success, maybe – fulfillment not so much. In order for work to be fulfilling, it must address the needs of your head, your heart and your hands. In other words: you find it intellectually stimulating, you believe that what you do makes a difference in the world, and when you do work in that arena you experience that delicious sense of “flow”. For me, that’s speaking in front of a group of people about something that will help them in their personal growth and development. “Ah hah” moments of others are spiritual gold for me.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Wendy – One of the most powerful lines from the epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita is “it’s better to live your own path imperfectly than live another’s perfectly.”

  5. Tracy says:

    I used to believe that my mistakes equaled failure and that failure was the worst thing possible. Mistakes are learning opportunities and we’re going to make a ton of them over our lifetimes because no one is perfect. And failure does not mean the end of the world, unless you’re in a catastrophic action movie.

  6. Tanya says:

    3. That being gay is wrong.
    4. My two kids and my husband. They are my reason for breathing.

  7. Roberta says:

    I used to believe that being liked was extremely important, but that also led to not being my authentic self. I now honor my authentic self, even if that means not having as many friends that is okay with me.

    On my alter I would have failures/hardships without them I would not be where I am now or for that matter be the person I am now and for that I am grateful.

  8. David says:

    3. There is no such thing as LUCK

    4. My Excellent Health

  9. Koren says:

    Conventional wisdom. Love that you have broken free of that one. This morning I gave a talk to University students. We discussed the LIE of get good grades, rarely make mistakes (because you are an exceptional student of this fine university)find a “practical” major, graduate and live happily ever after. HA! My advice be willing to suck and learn and learn and try things and deep practice.

  10. Don Power says:

    Q:What was the dumbest thing that you used to believe in?

    A: That there was such a thing as the perfect family and the perfect life

    Q:If you had an alter, what would you put on it?

    A: A RAMP. So that everyone cold come right on up there with me!

    – Don Power