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Monday Morning Motivation – Naïve

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "ritual".

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.


I’ve been accused before of being intentionally naïve.

What’s that mean?
That means that often I will go into a situation with full knowledge that there may be a party that is NOT looking out for my best interests AND I’ll purposefully ignore this. That’s because I prefer to think the best of others at all times–even if it may put me at a bit of risk on occasion.
A very large percentage of the time, simply going in with a positive belief about the other party is enough to change the dynamic. In those situations where the person proves unworthy of the trust that was extended, I find that there are normally OTHERS involved that come in to save the day.
Contrast that to what the dynamic would have been if those OTHERS saw me enter into the situation with a confrontational bent.
Being intentionally naïve allows others the opportunity to show you their good side. And I find there’s an awful lot of good out there.
With the above in mind:
  • Wouldn’t you rather be intentionally naïve than intentionally cynical?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me and have a great week!




About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life.  My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.