Updated: Mar 15
I heard this expression back in the days from a Belgian politician. But my uncle used the expression too.
It’s one of these folksy expressions that slip through the net of quotes we are so keen upon. Quotes of famous people I mean.
The truth is that the best quotes can often be heard from people who live close to you. Your father, uncle, mother etc.
We don’t give it much attention until we come across a famous quote that expresses the same idea. Then suddenly it gets meaning.
This expression simply wants to say that whatever you give attention tends to occupy your mind and your world.
Whatever you want to grow, you need to give attention to, so what you don’t want in your life you should not any attention. That’s what this folksy line means.
And it’s true.
If you want to be happy, embrace happy people. If you want to have a flourishing business embrace people who prosper in business etc.
If you don’t like something about yourself, don’t give it any attention. Everything you give attention will grow.
Including the bad things.
It’s so simple.
Why make it so complicated?
Leave the complicated stuff to the philosophers.
Embrace the basics of life.
They are the key to happiness, but again also the key to good business, a good relationship etc.
We are so caught up in so much information that comes along that we forget that life can be really easy. As long as you don’t make it too complicated.
The moment you start overthinking things, you create a problem which then again you try to overcome by more thinking…
That doesn’t make any sense.
There is no subject about personal growth that hasn’t been lit yet.
If you want good advice, go talk to elderly people and don’t laugh if their ideas seem old-fashioned. There are no new things since the Greek philosophers.
There are no new ideas. There are only old ideas placed in the context of modern time.
It’s interesting to see what a new jacket does to an old idea.
But it doesn’t change anything.
It’s like the laws of nature. They don’t change however fancy we want them to look.
Keep it simple.
And if somehow you feel something is blocking you.
That’s exactly what I do.
I advise in coaching, but I am not afraid to ask others if I’m stuck.