In 1953, Hugh DeHaven introduced the idea of a collapsible steering column. Since it has been used it is estimated to have saved over 80,000 lives.
The problem was that it took car companies 13 years to launch a collapsible steering column.
It turns out, car companies were afraid to talk about safety. In fact, many car companies had safety patents they were intentionally not using to avoid the appearance of cars not being safe to drive.
The lesson we need to understand is this: Not everyone believes what you believe and not everyone wants what you want. (Even when it comes to things as important as safety.)
If it’s important to you, make it important for others. The perfect product or the perfect idea isn’t good enough to change people’s minds—only stories will.
[How many lives were lost in those 13 years because of people avoiding conversation that seemed too difficult to have?]
By asking better questions:
What assumptions do I make that get in the way of me living the life I deserve?
How does this contribute to the false limits I put on myself?
How am I being complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?
What would I do if I weren’t afraid anymore?
What hard choices am I delaying to make?
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The culture demands instant gratifications but gratification is never instant.
It’s painstakingly slow.
You don’t demand plants to grow faster.
You care for them.
The outcomes of past decisions create future biases.
Except the past is not indicative of the future.
The way things are does not determine the way they ought to be.
It’s dangerous to compare and judge other people’s moral character to ours.
Yet, we do this all the time.
Even if we try to be objective: we don’t see the world through their lens, we see it through ours.
Just because someone doesn’t fit a label we create or into a box we designate, doesn’t make them wrong—it makes them different from how you see the world.
On the short run, quitting a soul-crushing job, ending a toxic relationship will hurt.
But in the long run, staying where you are, pretending that things can get better is only going to hurt worse.
There has never been a period in history with so many opportunities and so many choices.
Yet, our instincts is to stay low, find security, don’t be noticed.
We look for things that feel safe.
But the cage door is wide open.
We get to choose when we decide.
What will you do?