Completely Ignoring The News? Get Ready to Suffer The Same Astonishing Fate Of These 6 Poor Fools.

Eathan Janney
Sep 26, 2017 · 4 min read

“investors who tune out the majority of financial news fare better than those who subject themselves to an endless stream of information, much of it meaningless.”

—From Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes by By Gary Belsky, Thomas Gilovich

Seth Godin

Famous Author, marketer, speaker.

“Go on a radical information diet. Turn it off for a day, a week, a month, and force yourself to do something that might get you fired, might get you run out if town, might get you embarrassed”

This quote is part of a lecture in which Seth explains that checking on the latest information keeps us from doing creative work, sharing it, and experiencing the vulnerability that is necessary for making true progress.

How can you take more action today?

Tim Ferriss

Author, Productivity Expert, Multimillionaire

“I never watch the news and have bought one single newspaper in the last
five years, in Stansted Airport in London, and only because it gave me a
discount on a Diet Pepsi.”

Tim goes on to suggest that if you simply ask a friend “what’s new in the world?” You’ll get far better and more relevant information than you might get otherwise.

To learn new skills Tim reads books by wildly successful individuals who’ve done what he hopes to achieve, generates clear specific questions, and directly contacts them with a surprising rate of responsiveness.

Mr. Money Moustache

Money Management Blogger, Retired at 30

“I’m going to suggest that unless you work directly in the news media industry yourself, you too should be paying absolutely no attention to the news.”

Mr. Moustache, Pete Adeney believes that with the time and energy you save by ignoring the news you can “organize your time, get a better job, learn skills, learn about happiness itself, get in shape, be less exhausted, and much more.”

Pierre Bourdieu

Respected French sociologist and anthropologist

“News is a series of apparently absurd stories that all end up looking the same, endless parades of poverty-stricken countries, sequences of events that, having appeared with no explanation, will disappear with no solution — Zaire today, Bosnia yesterday, the Congo tomorrow.”

Pierre Bourdieu argues that the way news is presented leaves us fatalistic and disengaged. Caution: disengaging from the news could lead to actual feelings of potency and engagement.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Essayist, Risk-Strategist, Stock Market Expert

“Prominent media journalism is a thoughtless process of providing the noise that can capture people’s attention.”

Nassim elaborates in The New York Times:

“Television images, in all their vividness and specificity, have an extraordinary power…to persuade the viewer that a distant risk is clear and present, while a pressing but underreported one is nothing to worry about.

…In the modern age, the news media have the power to amplify such emotional distortions, particularly with their use of images that go directly to the emotional brain.

Consider this: Osama bin Laden continued killing Americans and Western Europeans in the aftermath of Sept. 11, though indirectly. How? A large number of travelers chose to drive rather than fly, and this caused a corresponding rise in casualties from automobile accidents (any time we drive more than 20 miles, our risk of death exceeds that of flying).

Yet these automobile accidents were not news stories”

and on that note…

Louis CK

Successful comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor

“I was thinking the other day that you can figure out how bad a person you are by how soon after September 11th you masturbated—like how long you waited—and for me it was between the two buildings going down…

I had to do it. I had to! Otherwise they win”

Are you struggling to be productive because of the constant barrage of distractions that visit you each day?

Would you like to spend more time building wealth and being creative?

Would you like to feel more engaged, more powerful?

If you’d really like to overcome procrastination and apathy and become a new person that doesn’t even identify with the idea of being a procrastinator or as inactive then you need support.

I can help. Send an email to with the subject “Instant Action” and nothing more and I’ll reply to set up a totally free half hour meeting, and I can share some valuable tips.

If you are hesitating at all, don’t! TAKE INSTANT ACTION!
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