Why The System Is Failing You

The title of this post is intentionally deceptive. It contains a presupposition, that being that the system is in fact failing you.


The system we are talking about could be the economy, your industry, your job, marriage, church, or fantasy sports league. All these entities are systems. But in this case I am addressing the system we think of as the economy, and specifically as it relates to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“The system” is not failing you. But it’s quite possible, even likely, that your perception of the integrity of the system is flawed. That you have developed a belief system that the world is getting worse, that hope is diminishing, and that opportunity is out of reach of most people, yourself included.

The part of the system that is failing you, in my humble but accurate opinion, is the media. I’m not singling out a certain television network or newspaper or group of blogs. I’m pointing my finger at the entire TV Industrial Complex which profits most heavily when they can disseminate bad news.

There is a saying in the news media: “if it bleeds, it leads.” This saying acknowledges what news professionals know. The general public is most interested in staring at carnage, fascinated by disaster, bad news, scandal, and fear. The news media is in the business of fear.

If you, because of your desire to be a well-informed citizen, carefully study the newspaper, watch the news, and read the major online news sites, you are being intentionally and skillfully indoctrinated into a view of the world that is inaccurate, disempowering, and filling you with fear and trepidation.

You have been fed a steady diet of lies.

It’s time for you to pull away from the trough, leave that particular feast to those who wish to dine upon such slop, raise your head, and see the horizon.

The future is bright for those who are entrepreneurially inclined.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Ray,
    Last night our son and his wife watched the last 30 minutes of the Billboard music awards with us in our living room. At that point the local news came on – and of course began with who had been shot, murdered, raped and pillaged. I quickly apologized and said if they wanted to watch it they could but Joanne and I chose years ago to not end our day with those images in our minds. They totally agreed and we turned the TV off.

    You are totally right in acknowledging that is not reality – it’s a microcosm of our world that feeds on slop. Fortunately we have an “off” button on our TV.

    • Dan, it was when I read your “Throw Out Your TV” chapter in No More Dreaded Mondays that I became even more picky about who I listened to for my news sources. The quality of my own writing has a direct correlation with my brain’s input and my heart’s rumination.

      Ray, you’re right. Entrepreneurs can’t consume the diet of the masses and continue to create art and jobs that truly make a difference. Otherwise, the gossip and lies really do kill us.

      • Good words, Ryan – thanks for taking time to comment!

    • Dan,

      Yes, that “off” button is an underused feature of most TVs. On another note, it warms my heart to hear about your son and his family visiting with you. Hope you’re having a great time together.

  • Dan Tredo

    Ray, I am one of those guys who used to get so mad watching the political news I would throw things at the TV. Not very mature I admit. In fact, I might still be that way – I’m not sure – because I only watch about 20 minutes of news per week. Sometimes it’s better just to run away from evil.

    • I am right there with you, Dan! I didn’t like the guy I became when I was all wrapped up in this stuff.

      • John Olson

        Ray, I went cold turkey on the news about 2 1/2 months ago. My life is so much happier and I am so much more productive as a result. Every once in a while I get the M.O.T.s (moments of temptation) to watch it. So far I have not yielded to temptation. Ta-ta talking heads! lol

  • Precisely the reason I stopped watching the news (as a general practice). Well said.

  • We haven’t changed much in 2000 years when we used to watch humans duke it out against beasts or other humans in the Coliseum in Rome and other parts of the world. We just do it from a more convenient seat now.

    You definitely need to watch what you let speak into your life. It certainly has an effect on you.

    “Above everything else guard your heart, because from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23