October 29, 2012—Issue #162
This week’s focus point: I just had the opportunity to hear a popular consultant and author deliver her thoughts on what amounts to unremitting gloom. Her advice was to find people who share a common philosophy and spend your time solely with them, trying to influence factors you can control. Not only do I find this antipodal to the optimism and potential of humankind, but I see it as intellectual incest. I’m too young to give up trying to influence others and improve the world. I hope that never changes. When you don’t challenge others and aren’t challenged by them, you simply implode in self-absorption. That’s one reason I wanted to hear this person, to introduce other views. Unfortunately, I listened to her, but she wasn’t at all interested in listening to the rest of us. Don’t make that mistake. Life is about open gates, not small yards.
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