I run into this often, when talking about trading "systems", or indicators, mirror-trading services and the like.
Here's what I hear: "If they really had a system figured out, why would they be selling it? They would just trade it and make money and never offer it to anyone else."
A few things come to mind:
Argumentum ad populum, which is comments like "fifty million fans can't be wrong" and the like. Pro-401k advocates come to mind.
Appeal to Poverty, which is a moral fallacy, that wealthy people are greedy, and poor people are humble, therefore being wealthy makes you a greedy and bad person.
This kills me, the thinking that "if there are a few bad eggs, then all of them must be bad."
I personally work with philanthropists, and other extremely wealthy people, and they tell me that they are often turned down for giving away free money, because the recipient can't shake the feeling that it's somehow a scam.
I am with you now and I agree. I'd say that, while everyone's different, there's probably a certain negativistic tendency for the majority of people to just put their ambitions aside and get on with their lives. Within that context, yes, the negative mind tends to block opportunities because it tends to think they are not really opportunities.
At the end of the day it's far easier to moan about something than to actually try to act on something. This was perfectly represented by a guy I knew who complained to me about something within a corporate environment. He went on for 15 minutes about why an issue should be fixed and how badly our company was managing things.
At the end of it I sat him down with me and together we called our internal helpdesk where I asked them to fix that problem. It took us 5 minutes on the phone with the helpdesk to resolve the issue, when he had taken him 3 times longer to rant about it.
I then told him the tale of "I've always wondered why somebody does not do something about that. Then I realised I am that somebody".
I wish the story had the happy ending of "he got the message". Sadly he didn't.
Certain people seem to be psychologically wired to be "poor" (I'm using the term in a much wider sense than just economic meaning but I'm sure we're talking the same language here). It may be that life circumstances led them to be that way, I don't know. But it's as if they are no longer open to the possibility of opportunities.
Personally I believe that if you look for problems you'll certainly find them. The same can be said about opportunities.
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