September 24, 2012—Issue #157
This week’s focus point: I find that the most successful people are open to ideas and consider them without defensiveness or “NIH” (not invented here) syndrome. They are mature enough to reject an idea that makes no sense for them without condemning it or the messenger. These people thrive because they are accepting and evaluative. There are others, however, who seek immediately to refute, undermine, and disprove. They never learn or grow because their immune system rejects all that is new and previously unknown. (They even contest Tweets on Twitter!) They are prognathous in explaining why anything not originating with them can’t possibly work. Who do you want to be, and with whom do you want to hang out?
Monday Morning Perspective: I was born poor in rich America, yet my secret instincts were better than money and were for me a source of power. I had advantages that no one else could take away from me–a clear memory and brilliant dreams and a knack for knowing when I was happy. — Paul Theroux
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