The Value of Good & Bad Experiences...
By Faadiel Rehman
I'd like to acknowledge & thank Mr. Alan C. Walter who has been researching in this field for close to 40 years now & I'd venture
that his research expenditure has been probably 40 plus million dollars & many hours of trial runs & testing that
probably led to many dead ends.
However his quest
or search for answers isn't something one can take lightly or abandon at the first sign of trouble & Mr. Walter’s certainly deserves some gratitude for persisting in this endeavor.
His unswerving dedication to find solid & workable answers are a testament to the spirit of man & his tenacity for answers about
life & happiness.
Thank you Alan…
The value of your previous experiences in life in relation to what you’ve learnt at school or college or where you received
your education in the field you now find yourself working.
Is your attitude or viewpoint about life based on the sum of your experiences or is it prior knowledge that determines how you will
react to situations in your life?
What would your
There’s a little
thing called a precept that Mr. Walter’s spent many years researching or at least it’s something he discovered
during his many years of research.
So what’s a precept anyway?
A precept is simply
an idea or rule we live by; these rules are created from previous situations & experiences in our life. An example of
this is when I was at school I was bullied one time into handing over my pen collection by some of my bigger & stronger class mates.
I don’t know
what it was about collecting pens but the guys in the class used to collect some very nice pens & of course I wanted to
show my excellent taste in pens so I kept them visible in my top pocket at all times.
I wanted desperately to be part of the pen collector’s click.
I know this sounds kind of
geeky & it probably was but at the time it was the cool thing to do and I suppose growing up in South Africa is a little
or a lot different from other places in the world. Anyway I could elaborate more on that but it would take a whole book to
tell you the stories of me growing up South Africa
You're probably wondering
how this relates to studying – right? Well give me a few moments of your attention because this is very important to
our next few steps.
To continue with
my story which is really supposed to keep the reader glued to the page because I can tell an exciting story or two, I will continue. So I was bullied into giving up my very cool collection of 5 pens total, it sure made me feel very sad because I did that to be part of the team.
I wanted to be
with the big guys in class & I wanted to be as cool as they were because well all the young lasses would hang around them
constantly & I wanted to belong.
Darn it I did
everything right I had some good looking colorful pens & they still never accepted me. Instead they stole my pens & then laughed at me because I just stood there in amazement completely bewildered by what had just happened.
Worst of all was the fact that even a girl that I had a major crush on was
laughing too. That really hurt more than anything, but because I was supposed to be a big boy & I had to show courage in the light of being robbed literally.
I said ah its ok “David” you can have the pens I’ll get
more later. I couldn't understand why they kept laughing after that statement because didn’t it mean that I was now also cool because I gave the leader
my pens which he stole from me in the first place.
Did I not prove to everyone there that I didn't feel so bad after all &
that I was cool with it?
Fact of the matter is that I was totally broken up by that situation. I did
of course get over it later but at that moment I wanted the ground to open up & swallow me whole.
Have you ever had something similar happen to you? I would venture a guess
that it has. If you were one of the cool kids at school then you probably also had some difficulties that you were never able
to let your friends know about at the risk of losing your cool status.
I guess some of us could shrug it off & move on but I could not because
I was basically your standard run of the mill nice kid “yes believe it or not!” I just wanted to make friends & have fun playing & learning.
From that moment on I developed the following precept.
Precept: I will not own anything of value anymore because people can steal it from me & there's nothing I can do about it anyway.
Do you see how this precept can be damaging to my future? Imagine believing
that nothing you own or have is worth anything because at any moment it can be stolen. I stopped placing a value on my possessions & as a result of that I
haven't really fully owned anything.
I did buy things of value like computers, cars a Harley Davidson motor cycle
& even at one stage a really expensive watch.
Truthfully though even the expensive stuff or the stuff of value I owned was always on my mind. I never knew why! I kept
very close guard of my stuff. I never trusted anyone to look out for my stuff so I never trusted anyone period.
One thing led to another & more precepts led to even more precepts etc…
I have no idea how many different precepts I came up with from just that one situation. Possibly thousands of tiny ones that
make a whole personality to survive in the cold cruel world.
I could think of a few right now:
Life is so hard
Relationship never work out
Nobody really likes me
I don’t know how to make money
I am so unlucky
I can’t make a difference so why try anyway
The list goes on & on from there… Seems pretty rough doesn’t
it? You're probably wondering if there’s a way to handle these very negative & limiting precepts. What if I told you no? How would that make you feel?
Sorry I had to do that… I can be mean & downright nasty sometimes.
So what about those positive & winning precepts?
A winning precepts or a positive precept is one we develop in a specific situation which then solves the problem presented in the situation so it is immediately
stored in our personal database for future reference.
The precept worked it assisted
your survival & of course you won the coin toss or what ever the scenario was, at that point you were the victor. I didn’t
see any problem with this at first but then after reading & researching more on the subject it became evident that positive precepts can also have a negative effect on ones potential & ability to win in life.
Every time you use the precept it becomes more & more solid & predictable
to you, things work for you & in most cases you can handle whatever is coming at you in life.
However the use of a positive precept can be a liability if you use it inappropriately or in the wrong circumstance.
Trying to use a winning precept in a changed situation or environment & it can serve to create more problems instead of
Fortunately for us there is a way to deal with pesky or not so pesky precepts
that limit our abilities in life so markedly that we quit completely & come to a very definite halt in every aspect of
had tremendous success selling sporting goods to the construction workers who were building a large apartment complex near
the store. His style was to carry on a jovial banter, including an occasional risqué story & feigning sparring jabs at his customers.
They liked him & his way of communicating.
After the construction project was completed & the men left the neighborhood, Jeff
continued to operate on this winning precept with the new customers who started coming in & some of them, especially the
ladies, found his behavior offensive & complained to the manager.
Jeff went from a condition
of Success on his job to a condition of Failure because of his inability to differentiate between his customers. He had turned
a winning precept into a fixed idea which caused him unexpected problems & became a liability to him.
From this viewpoint,
we can perceive that each of us has determined our condition by the precepts we use.
One can see that they are winning precepts only when applied to the appropriate situation or problem.
More examples on how we form precepts follow…
Example: Child puts hand on hot stove.
Precept: Don't put hand on hot stove.
Example: Student, smartly dressed, sits in front row & studies
hard. On the way home from school every day a gang of kids taunt him, make fun
of him & ridicule his dress, study & diligence. He wants to be liked,
wants to be part of the group & craves acceptance.
Precept: Dress like them, act like them. This precept will be a liability
to him outside that environment. Only a gang of toughs finds that behavior acceptable.
Example: Daughter comes home early, sees mother kissing a strange
can't trust anyone. This precept will be a liability to her by causing
a cynical attitude that precipitates relationship & job problems.
visits with a friend. The friend tells him about his new job in sales & how
much money he is making.
Precept: If he can do it, I can do it! This precept may or may not be appropriate
for sales. But the precept, "I can do it!", is necessary
for all success. However, setting out with that attitude in a field that is unsuitable could result in a “loss” for the person & turn sales into a “hot stove”
that never should be touched again.
Example:Student studies math but can't
grasp the concepts, due to his not understanding fully the definition of "equation", or "radius", or some other part of the vocabulary of mathematics. This confusion causes him to fail.
Precept: I'm stupid. This precept will ever afterward
be a liability to him until he recognizes that he isn't stupid, only in need of study & drilling on the vocabulary of the subject.
Example: Person is illiterate, works slowly & can't grasp what is wanted. Bosses & staff harass him continually.
Precept: I hate people. Obviously, a liability to him.
Example: Person is an expert on physical conditioning. Others are coming to him constantly with questions on physical fitness.
Precept: Write book
that answers all that one needs to know about conditioning. This precept seems appropriate. Variables would enter into success of this book, including whether he ever writes it &/or, is it well written?
observes that others are always coming to him for answers in the area of computer programming.
Precept:: Form my own
computer programming company. This seems an appropriate precept. Variables would include, does he have the business skills to operate
So what's a good education?
Seems to me a
good education would be or could be redefined as being that part of learning or acquiring knowledge that helps us to handle
the past or previous areas of knowledge that are now no longer valid or applicable or incorrect in our current lifestyles.
We should be able to
evaluate with certainty our environment & of course be able to apply correctly what ever knowledge we have to the situation
without causing further problems.
I think it would be a most amazing ability to have & I'm certainly working towards that in my own life.
You can do it too!!
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