“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while or the light won’t come in.”
—Alan Alda, American actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian
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Alan Alda was the lead character of one of my favorite shows – M*A*S*H* – from 1972 until 1983. Today’s quote seems appropriate given his nickname on the series was Hawkeye.
Hawks have extraordinary eyesight, and can target their prey up to two miles away. That is eight times better than we humans, on a good day.
Unfortunately for most of us, our assumptions, biases, and personal filters cloud and sometimes completely block our view of things.
How can and will you take Hawkeye’s coaching and scrub your windows on the world to see further and more clearly than ever before?
“Invite people into your life who don’t look or act like you. You might find they challenge your assumptions and make you grow.”
-Mellody Hobson, Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation
About a month ago, my wife Wendy surprised me with a 60th birthday trip to Australia and New Zealand. During our three week trip, I had the opportunity to expand my world view and perspective by meeting dozens of people from other countries.
Among these interesting individuals were a kiwi farmer from New Zealand, an Academy-Award Winning sound designer who worked on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and a Naturalist about to start working with a non-profit in Hawaii.
How can you arrange – sooner rather than later – a “Bucket List” adventure so you can invite more new and interesting people into your life?
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
—Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer
Have you every read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz? If not, please order a copy today.
The third agreement in this masterpiece is “Don’t Make Assumptions.”
Unfortunately, we all tend to make assumptions about everything and everybody. This is often the root of much dysfunction, chaos, and general unhappiness in our world.
Where would greater openness and clarification of issues, personally or professionally, let more light in so you could lead a more fulfilling and satisfying life?