Step 5 – Learn and Unlearn – The Ten Steps to Wealth

In the previous step, on the Ten Steps to Wealth, I considered whether I learned to be poor. I do believe it is likely that I learned to get the results I currently have, and that learning came from many sources.

Ten Steps to Wealth 5


I once recall my aunt saying in exasperation “Oh well, you can’t have everything”. A little light bulb went off in my head: why can’t you? If I believe that I can’t have everything, keep agreeing with others, and keep reinforcing it out loud then I knew that I certainly couldn’t “have everything”. From that moment on I was more aware of my limiting beliefs, despite not knowing how to move forward with this “aha moment”.

I do think one of the keys is to define what “everything” is for YOU, not what “everything” is as defined by others! But that’s another topic (or twenty)…


In Step 5 of The Ten Steps to Wealth Paul observes the traditional education system as a hand maiden of mass enculturation. If I observe it from a distance, then I agree that this is a valid argument; like others my age, we probably saw some horrendous events in our school years.  Overall, some of my own points of view on education include the following:-

  • The kid will get out of mainstream education what YOU (as a parent) will put into it.
  • Up to the age of 25, do your apprenticeship: learn everything you can, suck up as much information as you can, get the pieces of paper that the rest of society will value you for; don’t chase the money yet; keep your eye on your entrepreneurial goals.  After 25: shooting the moon will be so easy.
  • My favourite education philosopher, Alfie Kohn, believes that the role of schools is to teach children to question authority and “challenge the status quo”. Needless to say, he’s not very popular.

The big challenge presented to me in Step 5 of The Ten Steps to Wealth (Health/ Career Prospects/ Connected Relationships) is to let go of what I’m hanging on to, so that I can learn to fly.  To let go of my “story, excuses and reasons” means I have to believe in myself. Can I do it?

The science that is offered in the Step 5 is what fascinates me most: your subconscious has 90% more power to achieve things than your conscious mind does.  I must believe without any conflicting thought, that I can create a future of freedom.


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Step 5 – Learn and Unlearn – The Ten Steps to Wealth — 2 Comments

  1. Hiya Linda
    Keep up the good work. I read a lot about Alfie Kohn some years ago and was very interested in his view on Rewards and Punishments in schools. He gives very good reasons why we shouldn’t give extrinsic rewards to kids in school. It doesn’t help them at all, it only helps the teacher short term with control (and conditioning).

    • Hi Trevor,
      it’s great to hear you, a teacher, feel the same way about Alfie Kohn. Although it was a real eye opener when I read about his approach to teachng in 2001, it really does make sense. My other favourite ‘educator’ is Barbara Coloroso. Both different but both very much anti extrinsic rewards. Barabara’s approach also helped parents/teachers to enable children to develop problem solving skills and for enterpise to evolve.

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