The Dangers of Assumptions
We are unique, complicated creatures, aren’t we? That’s something I was reminded of when reading this very short and to-the-point post by Seth Godin. He reminds us of 3 assumptions that we shouldn’t make:
1) That people are rational.
2) That people desire change.
3) That once on the same page, other’s views will align to your own.
Here’s an idea – go into every human interaction (well, those that you desire to be productive, profitable and pleasant) without holding onto assumptions and be prepared to be curious about the other person’s perspective. This way you won’t be blind-sided when things don’t go “your way.” Two people with very different views of the world can come to mutual decisions and form very solid partnerships – this very dynamic is what makes some of the most creative, innovative and productive teams in the world.
Remember that what is rational to you may be irrational to others, much-needed change may seem totally unnecessary to your co-worker, and you and your spouse may never agree on the correct way to replenish the toilet paper regardless of how much information has been shared back and forth. The key is to prepare for and embrace our unique cranial differences – utilize them and make the best of the tension.