I'll start this post with one of my favorite Napoleon Hill quotes: "Once you've closed yourself off to new ideas, you've ceased to grow."
My last couple of posts have sparked a barrage of angry (and sometimes profane) emails from the cold calling people. As usual, there was no logic and they refused to provide any contact info or even a valid reply-to email address. What these people don't seem to understand is that the most successful people in history owe a lot of their success to the fact that they always remained open and receptive to new ideas.
When I receive an email to the effect of "you are wrong, cold calling is the only way, you don't know what you're talking about, you are a liar," I realize that I'm hearing from a person who will never rise above mediocrity simply because he or she is closed off to new ideas, and as Napoleon Hill said, that person has ceased to grow.
I always remain open to new ideas, and as a result, I've achieved great success and am financially free. For example, I always shunned the insurance business, but my largest income producer right now is an insurance agency I own. Surprised? Everyone assumes my largest business is as an author, but that takes 2nd place to insurance. You'll be pleasantly surprised a lot if you remain open to new ideas instead of closing yourself off from them. If I was not open to new ideas, I would not have considered the opportunity to go into the insurance business last year, and my income would be half of what it is today.
(By the way, there is no cold calling in my insurance agency. We generate leads for the agents using my 'never cold call again' systems. As a result, many agents are making over $20k/month without cold calling. That's the power of accepting and trying out new ideas.)
How much money are you losing by depriving yourself of new ideas? How much better could the cold calling people live if they just opened up their minds to a few new ideas? Always keep that thought in mind when you're faced with new ideas that may seem disagreeable at first. By doing so, you might stumble upon the "million-dollar idea" that you've been searching for all your life. I did. Twice. And there are many more to come!