When we are struggling financially, we generally do not like to speak about finances beyond getting through our current hurdle. This is apparent when trying to share ideas with others who indicate they are struggling financially. On the other hand, I find that those who are not struggling are more inclined to listen, learn and implement as they see fit. This is unfortunate for those struggling, because we should all have open ears and discerning minds for counsel.
Additionally, there are so many pyramid schemes and scams in our world, that when I am speaking to others about finances it is often met with some level of skepticism. However, I know that if we listen to others with open ears and minds while holding ourselves accountable for our actions, we may just discover the best of ourselves. Those of us who stop in our tracks because of skepticism will likely be found lagging behind the crowd or at best, running with the crowd.
I am guilty of being skeptical, but knowing that my discovery and knowledge of information will be limited over my lifetime, I try to hear what others have to offer and explore whether or not I can put the information into practice. I am no good at blindly doing what others suggest, so I typically do the leg work to figure out the intricacies of whatever the idea is about and determine if it is feasible for me… not someone else, but me. Through this I have been able to see success in many aspects of my life, but to remain in theme here, I have seen financial success as a result of being open to ideas. God has blessed us all with various talents and this means that there is much to learn from even those we may not hold in high regards. Therefore, having an open ear can lead us to many opportunities that we never would have dreamed of.