6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Learn from Hippies

6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Learn from Hippies

Hippies—they’re so annoying. Any slacker who thinks that standing outside, holding a cardboard sign changes the world deserves to be arrested. If these patchouli-smelling, black-footed, naïve potheads had their way, we’d self-destruct and be taken over by the Chinese, because these sheltered, anarchist morons don’t understand global politics. Shockingly, there are a few lessons hippies can teach us, if they’d only shut up about veganism and hemp long enough to see who they really are.

1. Your beliefs are important.

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    If you’ve ever talked to one of those WWE fans on the side of the street with tweets handwritten on cardboard signs, you’ve likely heard some tinfoil conspiracy about aliens and our divine selves taking the world back from the darkness of the Zartan clan. No matter what you’ve personally seen in your life, these sandaled nature-Nazis know the “real truth.”

    This gets annoying with a quickness, but it’s also a great way to be. It’s important to stick to your beliefs, because that’s what’s really important in life. People live and die for their beliefs, so stand up for you and your lane.


    2. Money isn’t important.


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      Hippies hate currency, and I viewed money as the root of all evil way before it was cool. Economies are as real as hopes, dreams, and a good-looking male who cooks and cleans. I’ve never seen a dollar in nature, so how important could it really be?

      Despite the pyramids, castles, and other monuments you’ve seen, the richest and most powerful humans in history still treasured their own personal lives and experiences over any material possessions. You don’t need to fully switch over to Moonbeam’s communist barter system, but you can pursue more fruitful endeavors than the empty search for money.

      3. It’s great to be different.



        I’d gladly slap on some patchouli to join this scene…

        There’s an old Japanese proverb—the nail that sticks out gets hammered. You’re taught at a very young age to do as you’re told, and hippies hate being told what to do. You’re taught how to walk and talk. You don’t need to be a hippie and completely disregard every instruction just to look cool, but you do need to put your own personality into it.

        Rather than tie-dying your clothes and wearing only organic hemp like everyone else around you, do something different. The best adventures are the ones that veer off the beaten path.

        4. Sometimes you have to break the rules.


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          While an Occupy rally isn’t necessary every time someone fails to pay their bills, an occasional U-turn in a no-turn zone is necessary. A California stop at an empty intersection at 3 a.m. is actually better for the environment than obeying the signal, and if you’ve ever been on a road, you know everyone else speeds too.

          I’ve broken quite a few laws, but I’ve never committed a crime. The difference is in the justice of the law. Hippies may go entirely too far in their rejection of authority, but disobeying unjust laws is a right every man should have.

          5. There’s always another way.

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            Despite their insistence on being the least competitive people in the possibility of existence, there’s literally nothing you can do that a hippie can’t do better. If you eat a burger, they’re vegetarian. If you’re vegetarian, they’re vegan. If you’re vegan, they’re gluten-free.


            Although this passive-aggressive anti-competition is unhealthy and laughably pretentious, it does illustrate that there is always another path. No matter what you’re used to, there’s another way to do things. You may be the best at living the lifestyle you live, but it doesn’t make yours the one true lifestyle.

            6. Art is important.

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              While the U.S. is focused on STEM classes in school (except Texas, where football and cheerleading rules), the arts are important. Sure those dreadlocked sand-people lack rhythm, and the pan flute and bongos aren’t likely to become the next turntable and guitar, they’re right in their pursuit to preserve the arts.

              Look around your office, listen to the music in your car—the beauty in how your senses engage with the world isn’t in the math, it’s in the experience. Encourage creative endeavors in your life and those around you.

              Hippies have wisdom hidden behind the cloud of patchouli and tie-dye. Their beliefs may be insanely uneducated but at least they stick to them. A hippie may be useless in body, but they understand art, disruption, and the evils of greed. You don’t have to invite them into your home, but you can enjoy getting in touch with your own inner hippie.

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              Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

              Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

              What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

              As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

              The Success Mindset

              Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.


              The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

              The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

              The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

              How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.


              How To Create a Success Mindset

              People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

              1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

              How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

              A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”


              There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

              2. Look For The Successes

              It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

              3. Eliminate Negativity

              You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’


              When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

              4. Create a Vision

              Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

              If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

              An Inspirational Story…

              For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

              What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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