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Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything—all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it.
— Charlie Gordon, the protagonist from the novel Flowers for Algernon
I was doodling while listening to something the other day.
When I looked at the doodle later, I realized it is a good
representation of many problems in communication.
- We say we expected one thing, but in reality, expect
- We want to say what’s on our mind but are afraid to do it,
so we change the topic.
- We are talking to fill the time and think about a
conversation we had before or the one that comes next.
I can’t force myself to write in books. Highlighting is
off-limits too. I’m not even able to bend them too much; I
cringe when I see someone read a paperback bent so that front
and back covers are touching. My wife finds my behavior
perplexing, and I have tried to figure out why I feel this
way. I think I know where it comes from.
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The most significant difference between people in my
professional environment that succeed in their goals and those
who don’t is their first reaction is when something doesn’t go
as planned. The successful ask themselves, “Was it me? Could I
have done something differently?” and they adapt fast. The
not-so-successful blame other people or the environment and
stick to their old habits and beliefs.
Other people and your environment affect your work and
outcomes for sure, but you are also in the group “other
people” for someone else and part of the environment. If you
never reflect on your actions, it’s impossible to get better.
Gender, education, credentials, and similar have never been,
for people I interact with, a reliable indicator of success,
but the curious and adaptable mindset has.
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