Tuesday, September 9, 2008

i-TFTD #154

i-TFTD #154

#154-1. Today you should leave the past in the past in case it becomes you. Live your life in hope, instead of letting the past and tomorrow take control of your today.

-Ivona Evans

#154-2. Maturity is accepting the responsibility and totally understanding what responsibility means. So when we say, accept the responsibility for your attitude, we mean (1) become aware of how you think and how you feel; and (2) if there is any negativity, or if it is simply not as you want to feel then change it to make it right.

-Thomas D. Willhite

#154-3. Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

-James Harvey Robinson


Too many things are perpetuated by individuals and organizations as this is the way it has been for me/us. Suggestions for change are often countered with an example of how it did not work out when it was tried earlier. The questions to examine are: (i) how long since it was tried? (ii) have circumstances changed since then? (iii) are there other ways to attempt it? And last, but not least, (iv) do we wish to change?

We are like this only is a typical Indian English phrase that was successfully converted into a snazzy TV programme title and marketing campaign by Channel V (an MTV clone) but it also captures an attitude of resistance to change. It is also the title of a recent book by an Indian marketing expert, Rama Bijapurkar.

The last one is deep. Progress in science and technology has been achieved by using our reasoning power to question prevalent beliefs, often leading to discoveries that changed those beliefs. We tend to apply selective reasoning to justify a predetermined conclusion instead of letting analysis lead to the best conclusion.

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