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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
-- Robert F. Kennedy
 

 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Beyond your assumptions

Your assumptions cause you to see things that are not there. Your assumptions blind you to realities that are all too real.

Your assumptions save you the time and effort of thinking everything through. That can be helpful, and it can also be dangerous.

If you assume too little, you can become paralyzed by the need to endlessly evaluate every new situation you encounter and every new decision you must make. If you assume too much, you can lose touch with reality.

Depend on your assumptions, while also challenging and verifying them regularly. Though you’ve accumulated some great experience and wisdom, life isn’t always the way you assume it will be.

Beyond your assumptions, new and valuable possibilities thrive and multiply. As comfortable as those assumptions may be, keep in mind that they can severely limit you.

Remind yourself often that your assumptions are just that, assumptions. Remind yourself often to see the realities and participate in the possibilities that you never would have assumed are out there.

— Ralph Marston

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