A jury can be persuaded, why can’t you?

In the court room, the prosecutor faces the jury and presents an argument.

If the argument is well thought out, backed with evidence and data and is proven without a shadow of doubt, the jury would then change their mind—moving from a position of innocent to guilty.

The difference between a court room and our culture is that the jurors prepare to have their minds change.

Unfortunately, we don’t.

In our culture, it’s difficult to find people who are willing to be wrong or change their minds in the face of truth. We label these people as “flip-floppers.”

We’ve built a culture to point when someone is wrong. Perhaps we should encourage those around us to not have all the right answers, to seek real truth, not our perception of it.

And maybe, “Knowing what I know now, I can make a better informed decision.”

Isn’t that what having a discussion is all about?

Why do we seek so many fresh starts?

Because when we connect with a new tribe with new faces, they don’t know who you were before.

They don’t know your past and the mistakes you’ve made. They don’t know all the little embarrassing moments and epic fails.

That’s why moving, or starting a new job is so appealing. We get a clean slate. It’s tempting to think the answer is to start over often since we mess up so much on a daily basis.

But what if instead of using fresh starts as an opportunity to run away, what if we focused on fresh endings?

Could we close projects, end discussions and interactions, say goodbye to each work day in a more meaningful way?

Is it possible to be missed when you are gone after every interaction?

It may be a long shot. The alternative is to wait until tomorrow to start again. Except, what guarantee do we have that we will still be here?

The toxic nature of gossip

Gossip is defined by sharing anything negative to anyone who can’t solve the problem.

And the reason why we skirt around and avoid talking to the person who can do something about the situation is because we’re afraid.

We’re afraid of being wrong or to be vulnerable. We’re afraid of raising our hands and questioning the status-quo. Or speaking out of turn or out of line. We’re afraid the boss might fire us.

The more gossip an office or team has, the more toxic the environment is. It’s that simple.

The dangerous part working in an environment like this is how easy it can carry over to other parts of our lives.

Think about it.

Statistics are numbing

Why are we deeply moved by the death of one individual, and yet, won’t blink an eye for thousands in mass genocide?

In a fascinating paper, Paul Solvic asks this very question.

While there remain many factors including things like media exposure, Albert Szent Gyorgi sums it up best:

“I am deeply moved if I see one man suffering and would risk my life for him. Then I talk impersonally about the possible pulverization of our big cities, with a hundred million dead. I am unable to multiply one man’s suffering by a hundred million.”

Emotions move us to act. When we see one person who needs our help and we know how, then, we are more likely to do so.

On the other hand, when people are overcome with numbers, it’s not that we don’t care, it’s just that don’t know where to start.

We all can’t be like them

Gates, Bezos, Jobs, Musk…we can’t all be like them. And, at the same time, they can’t be like us.

What the world needs, and is waiting for, is you. To step up. Because we need your personal insights, your abilities, your art. Because we can’t see what you see, know what you know.

The world is full of gaps, waiting to be filled. You can fill these needs by building something that needs to be built, helping someone who needs to be helped.

The world has already seen what they can do, but we’re still waiting to see what you can do.