Seeing only validation

Editor’s Note: While this lesson was originally published in December 2008, we feel it is still both relevant and appropriate today. People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1852 The recent presidential election in the United States was the most sharply divided on ideology that I can remember. It was relatively easy to find supporters and opponents who witnessed the same message from a candidate, yet came to totally different conclusions about the meaning and future impact of the message. Both saw only validation of the beliefs they had already formed. Now, this behavior …
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Get better at solving problems

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. Abraham Harold Maslow 1908 – 1970 From time to time, everyone has problems. No matter how successful you think someone is, they still encounter setbacks. Most people take a somewhat limited approach to solving problems, and consequently, they don’t always get the best results. I’d like to share a better approach with you. But to make the lesson stick, I want you to participate in a small experiment. I want you to stop reading for 30 seconds, get a …
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The Fruit Stand

What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. John Ruskin 1819 – 1900 In my family, one of the joys of summer is a day trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast. One place we always stop is a busy fruit stand with a dessert cafe in the rear. I particularly enjoy their locally grown peaches, and I’ve come to treasure this large, sweet fruit. But when we stopped one year, I was disappointed when I looked over the fresh peaches; they were about …
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