One more post from Bulgaria, because something came up that has an important prosperity lesson to it. It’s another look at mind viruses and how they can hold you back.
I did a lot of media interviews here building up to my seminar. This began with a press conference 90 minutes after I landed. The tone of the questions there was kind of typical. Most of the journalists seemed skeptical about the prospects for most people to become successful. This is a frequent response: reporters are a skeptical lot, and often have many limiting beliefs about money and wealth.
Immediately after the presser, I was running to appear on The Slavi Show. Slavi is a Bulgarian institution, with a late night talk show that’s featured everyone from Lech Walesa to Jean-Caude Van Damme, Mikhail Gorbachev to the Scorpions. I was kind of shocked with his first question, however, which was how I expected anyone in Bulgaria to be successful, because “all Bulgarians are lazy.” Now Slavi is their version of Letterman or Leno, so you expect him to be silly sometimes.
But the next day, I did two interviews at my hotel (one for the network news channel), and they both pretty much asked the same thing. Then I did the “Frankly with Elle” show, a one hour one-on-one, similar to Oprah’s conversations. Elle also asked if success was possible because of people being lazy there. The next night I had a VIP reception before my event, and the same question came up again.
Talk about a powerful mind virus!
Yes Bulgaria has a lot of lazy people. Just like the UK, Kuwait, Australia, America, and everywhere else. But there is also a nucleus of dreamers. People who dream of doing, having and becoming more.
Now Bulgaria has more negative mind viruses than the US for instance, because they spent so many years under totalitarian rule. The programming from the government taught that individuals were worthless and the power was in the collective. But that’s bullshit; it has no basis in reality.
Everywhere I went, it seemed people bought the story. But not everyone…
Yes Bulgaria has lots of people living in victim-hood and lack. But there were 2,000 of them that came to my event Saturday. Two thousand people with a dream and willing to do something about it.
Many traveled great distances, and made great sacrifices to be there. I was nothing but impressed with the passion, determination and love of the Bulgarian people, just like I am everywhere.
Bulgaria has an amazing history, breathtaking scenery and wonderful diversity and culture. (The pic is the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia at dawn.) It’s a magical place with magical people.
Just like the place YOU live…
Everybody’s selling a story. One story is that people are helpless and life’s a struggle. The other story is that you have the power to change your life.
You have to be a critical thinker and decide what story you want to buy.
Those 2,000 people in Sofia are dreamers. Just like you guys that come to this blog are dreamers. And dreamers are the ones that change the world. BOOM!