Too easily and too often we assume our perspectives are the best, most logical, and perhaps only way to interpret the world. But this train of thought is not only fallacious, but perilous. We shut doors of opportunity and growth that we didn’t even know existed.
If doing things in the same way we have always done them only leads to the same results we have always gotten, then any advancement or enhancement of our current reality requires a new belief or assumption – a new way of viewing ourselves and the world.
Never assume the obvious is true. Challenging our assumptions is both healthy and necessary for innovation and progress. As a thought experiment, try asking:
“What would be the result if I assumed the opposite?”
You may find yourself laughing, as I often do, when you realize that many of the things we do make almost no sense at all. Or better yet, that the opposite of your assumptions may also be true – a rather uncomfortable, but strangely liberating, feeling. But one thing you will certainly discover is that there are many more ways to interpret the world than we previously thought.
What opportunities have you been overlooking?
Below is a fun, interesting, and short (2:42 mins) TED video that concisely illustrates the idea and importance of challenging our common assumptions.
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