Thinking about What I Think About
It was Valeria who challenged me and Joe who challenged her. The challenge was simple enough. Choose something that I have a negative response to and find a way to give my view a new spin . . . think “different” . . . change the way we’ve thought in the past.
When she put forth the challenge, Valeria said,
I tag Liz Strauss at Successful and Outstanding Blog(gers) — because she can think different.
which added a bit to the mix. My natural inclination to make things interesting was — BAM! — kicked up a notched because of what Valeria said.
For a whole day, I walked around
thinking about what I think about
so that I might think about
how I might think about
what I think about in a new and different way.
Naturally, my worry was that if I start out as someone who thinks differently, would my “think different” response end me up an answer that looks the same as most people already think?
Think about it. The question was mathematical. Does different + different = same?
I’ve resolved the issue, I think.
The Rules of the Challenge
Write a new blog post in which you â€œthink differentâ€. Interpret the challenge phrase the way you want. (Thanks, Joe, for letting me borrow yours.)
- State that the post is a part of the Think Different Challenge and include a link and/ or trackback to this post so that readers know the rules of the challenge. Feel free to use the above banner (inspired, of course, by Seth Godin).
- Include a link and/or trackback to the blogger who tagged you.
- At the end of your post, go ahead and tag some fellow bloggers. Donâ€™t forget to email them to let them know they have been tagged.
People Really Do Think Differently
All of that thinking made me realize that I really had only one think different topic that was truly close to my heart . . . we too often forget that, from the very start, people really do think differently.
Let’s think this through . . .
When we solve a problem, make a plan, or try to teach something, we offer our thinking process using the order and logic we find natural. Listeners who can arrange ideas in the same way track what we’re trying to communicate.
Folks who think the same way as we do are smart, savvy, and quick on the uptake. Now, really, wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone was as smart as we are?
Truth is, for all practical purposes, most everyone we meet is smart enough. We’re all just smart in different ways. The difference is in how we construct ideas.
Yep, it’s a fact that different brains construct thoughts in different ways.
- Some folks have to see things; then they can do things; then they can talk about them.
- Some folks have to see things; then they can talk about things; then they can do them.
- Some folks have to do things; then they can see things; then they can talk about them.
- Some folks have to do things; then they can talk about things; then they can see them.
- Some folks have to talk about things; then they can do things; then they can see them.
- Some folks have to talk about things; then they can see things; then they can do them.
Agree on the right order and the communication goes smoothly. Choose an order that’s unnatural to the listener and he or she will have trouble following the ideas.
That person will probably not “get” what we’re saying.
That’s when we start to think something like . . . the listener is . . . um, er . . . dense, or inattentive, or just plain difficult. After all, other folks “get it” when we say what we’ve just said. So it must be the listener not the message — right?
I’ve been “dense, inattentive, and just plain difficult.” So have most of my friends. We know because of inane conversations like this.
“I’m not following you. I don’t understand.”
“You can’t be so smart and not understand. You’re just being difficult.”
“Busted! It’s a plot to frustrate us both to no end.”
“Oh. What part don’t you get?”
By the way, I’ve been on both sides of that conversation. I suppose most folks probably have.
Presenting the information in a different way usually works, especially when the listener gets to ask for the data in the order that he or she constructs ideas.
Think “different” about how people think.
People really do think differently.
Don’t you think?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!