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the definition of insanity is

Updated on July 6, 2011

The Definition of Insanity is. . .

. . doing the same things, expecting a different outcome.

Now I know that definition has been flogged to death, BUT IT'S TRUE.

If you do the same tomorrow as you are doing today, you will have the same results as you have had up till now. But it really IS true. The same activity repeated produces the same results. You can bank on that. In fact, we ALL DO, (bank on it).

Just imagine if you went to work every day. Did the same (type of) work very day, but got paid different amounts EVERY day. Maybe some days not get paid at all! You'd kick up a fuss. I would. It would not be acceptable to make different amounts of money doing the same work.

So, this concept of repeating activity can work for you, OR against you.

If you changed the activity, it stands to reason, you change the outcome. By the way, that is both negatively as well as positively.

If one person knows how to make money by repeating certain activity, which can be copied, or emulated, then the one repeating the successful person will receive the same results also. I can show you how to repair a hole in a wall. If you follow my process (exactly), you will have a new wall (patch) that is just like mine.

I can teach you how to make a coffee table. With practice (repeated action), you too will have a coffee table. I'm sure you get the point!

So, what is holding you back from achieving true wealth yourself? Oh, I see. You tried this stuff before and it didn't work (for you)! Let me be blunt here. Just who do you think you are to be so special, that it works for so many, but it WON'T work for you? Do you suppose that it might have been the case, that it didn't work for you BECAUSE of you? (Sorry if that one hurt)!

The Truth does hurt Sometimes

I know. I had to face this myself! One of my teachers said to me, "the hardest thing you will ever have to overcome in this business, is yourself". How true that has been! I still have to face, and overcome challenges in my life. Some have called it, "confronting your demons". I don't know what to call it, but you ARE your your own greatest asset, OR, your own greatest HINDRANCE!

Face this fact up front, and you are half way there.

Do you really want to make passive/residual income? I mean REALLY!! I mean REALLY, REALLY!!! If not, you are just playing around, and your fate is already sealed. Sorry again, if that one hurt!

If you are still reading, then maybe, JUST MAYBE, there's still hope for you. I HOPE so! You are worth it! Why would you NOT be worth it?

This is what is often referred to as the DREAM. What is your DREAM? That's the mantra. The BIG WHY. It's the "WHY" you are doing it that drives you to reach your goal. It's what sustains you when it doesn't LOOK like you're going to make it. You press on. And on. AND ON.

I heard someone say once, "if you are prepared to go forever, it won't take too long at all!" I like that. That's the attitude I want. It's easy to forget these cliché's sometimes. It's a good idea to have someone that can be there to remind you when you forget.

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    • aka-dj profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi CJ.

      Appreciate your comments.

      Appreciate you!



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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      8 years ago

      But, I thought repitition was the mother of success? :0)

      Your article is well written, thought provoking, and relevant. Voted up!

      Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. For someone who doesn't claim to be a writer, you sure get your point across quite nicely. What better hallmark is there for a writer than being able to effectively say what is meant and in a way that is easily understood?

    • aka-dj profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Australia

      @ WD Curry 111 hahaha! Nice.

      It's all about technique and skill.

      Like you, I do ok, but a friend of mine keeps changing his methods, tackle, bait, timing and learning from experts, and now, he's into the BIG fish, and BIG bags. I will soon be his apprentice. LOL.

      Blessings. And thanks for the comment.

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      WD Curry 111 

      8 years ago from Space Coast

      See, this proves my point. Fishermen are crazy. We do the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, but sometimes I really catch a fish.

    • aka-dj profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Australia

      Hello Dim,

      I also love the comments you leave me. They are very encouraging. I don't consider myself to be a writer, per se', so it gives me hope to keep going, and hopefully improving my (written) communication skills.



    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      Such good, yet obvious advice. Thank you. I know I am often my worst enemy.

      I love the WAY you wrote this. It made me laugh .

      Thanks for sharing .

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      Tammy Barnette 

      9 years ago

      What a wonderful hub, voted useful and awesome. My mother has been seperated from my step father for over a year now and still continues to do this circular dance as if some other outcome will happen. It drives me crazy, and I remind her of this beautiful definition weekly. Bless her heart she is so much pain and heartbreak but continues the dance. I can't wait to share your hub with her, Thanks:)

    • Claudin_Dayo profile image


      9 years ago from Southeast Asia

      I'll be heeding this reminder =)

      thanks for this, it did motivate me to take risks by not doing a pattern for a change.. .

      more powers

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      David Lim 

      9 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, I needed that. We do the same things and expect different results all the time. I guess it's comforting to be stuck in a rut. I needed a reminder that I need to step it up a notch. :)


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