Common Sense & The Dying Frogs
The title of this article may sound like the name of a Harry Potter movie, but in-fact it is an amusing story that I have just read.
I was browsing through Digg.com this morning and I noticed that there was an article called 101 Common Sense Management Tips. So I visited the site and read the article.
The purpose of the article is to say that basic common sense is more important that fancy qualifications etc….
Anyway, I was reading my way through the first few examples and then I came to top common sense tip number 4: Ignore the naysayers.
This tip starts with the line: “Remember the story of the frogs in the well?“, actually… NO! I don’t remember that story, but luckily the author is going to share this fascinating insight with us.
Here we go…..
Two frogs fell into a dry well and the other frogs took it for granted that they would die in there.
When both attempted to jump their way out, the frogs outside discouraged from expending their energy on a hopeless task. Listening to them, one frog gave up his attempts. But the other made it out through his determination and single-mindedness. When asked how he made it in spite of the negative attitude of his fellow frogs, the survivor replied that he was deaf, and that he had thought the other frogs were cheering him on as he tried to get out of the well. Shows what a profound effect a positive outlook can have.
What an amazing story!
However, there is one part of this story that stands out for me: “When asked how he made it in spite of the negative attitude of his fellow frogs, the survivor replied that he was deaf, and that he had thought the other frogs were cheering him on as he tried to get out of the well”
So not only had the frog managed to escape from the dry well, but he had also managed to miraculously regain his hearing abilities.
It seems quite strange that an author writing about common sense and basic intelligence would have a deaf frog that can hear and speak perfectly well. The irony is almost too much for me to contain.
So I have edited the common sense business tip for this story:
“If you ever find yourself in a tough situation, simply find a way to use your disabilities to gain an advantage. Once you have overcome the tough situation simply perform a miracle and cure yourself of any disabilities you had only minutes earlier”
Contradiction of the week
Contradiction of the week also goes to businessintelligencelowdown.com and we are staying with the same article as above.
“84. Be prepared for change; nothing in this world is permanent, and a laidback, complacent attitude will just not cut it. Don’t fight change, go with the flow. ”
“85. Control change, don’t let it control you.”
You couldn’t make it up!
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