So who chose salt and pepper anyway?
Why are they the two spices available in almost every restaurant and dinner table in the Americas? Why not sea salt, paprika, or nutmeg? Why two seasonings, and not three or five?
Who says the North Pole is on the top?
Most people seem to think so. But looking from my apartment in Sydney, I can tell you for certain that the South Pole is definitely on top. In actuality, the top is relative to what angle you’re viewing the earth from the galaxy.
What if Einstein was wrong?
Probably the most quoted statement from Albert Einstein is the quip defining insanity as doing the same thing, yet expecting different results. But of course Socrates cautioned us about believing everything we read on the Internet.
That insanity quote actually came out of a Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet published about thirty years ago and has been attributed lots of people ever since, including Einstein. And while it was great advice back then, or even until recently, it no longer is. The rules have changed.
Today’s marketplace changes by the second. The entire world is in constant change. Doing the same thing and expecting to get the same results today is crazy. Yet most entrepreneurs and companies are still locked into the old paradigm. Today’s fast-shifting, technology-driven world requires doing new and different things.
And the only way to change the way you do things is to change the way you think about them.
No matter what field you’re in, there always seems to be a usual way of doing things, accepted practices, and conventional beliefs. But how often are conventional beliefs simply an excuse to avoid the really difficult work of critical thinking?
So here are the real questions for you today...
What other conventional wisdom have you just accepted, because they said it was so? And who the hell are “they” anyway?
Randy is the author of nine international bestsellers on success, including, Risky Is the New Safe. He’s currently on sabbatical, writing his next book, but posts occasionally here. If you find these postcards helpful, please share them.