Main theme for April 8, 2021
Common IDEAS have the power to broaden perspectives, change thinking and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious to look into:
Carlo M. Cipolla, Professor of Economic Historian at the University of California at Berkeley, on the five laws of human stupidity:
1. Everyone underestimates the number of stupid people among us.
2. The likelihood that a particular person is stupid is independent of other characteristics of that person.
3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person without making a profit and possibly even suffering losses himself.
4. Not stupid people always underestimate the harmful power of stupid individuals.
5. A stupid person is the most dangerous type.
Source: The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor on vision:
“The only way to be successful in today’s marketplace – the marketplace for individuals or products or services or ideas – is to know your own story and track it into the future. Define yourself based on someone else’s benchmarks, immerse yourself in someone else’s possibilities and you will become what you define and immerse yourself in. Measure yourself against your own rate of change and stay in your own story. That way, when the other side ceases to exist, you still have a reason to move on. External and lateral competition is the distraction. Internal and vertical competition is the game. The real fight is against you. ”
Source: The Visionary’s Handbook: Ten Paradoxes That Will Shape Your Company’s Future
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Posted by Michael McKinney at 11:44 am
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