New Ideas and the Brick Wall

Jun 1, 2011 by

New Ideas and the Brick Wall

You know your idea is excellent. You just can’t see why others don’t get it.

There’s a reason for that. You are at a point where you grew to accept that idea. Your listeners aren’t there – yet. Using your inner wisdom, your understanding of that fact is what will get your idea across to others – eventually.

According to J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964), British geneticist, biologist, and all-round independent thinker, there are four stages of acceptance:
1) this is worthless nonsense;
2) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;
3) this is true, but quite unimportant;
4) I always said so.

Maybe that’s where the word “patience” was invented? Because that’s what is needed, patience and creativity to get listeners to a point where they are comfortable with absorbing, then acting on, this new information. People have to process your new idea.

Inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931) knew about patience and creativity. His hearing impediment could have ended his courtship of his wife-to-be before it began. Undaunted, he thought of a creative way around the problem while getting the young woman used to his lack of hearing: “I taught the lady of my heart the Morse code, and we got along much better than we could have with spoken words. We could use pet names without the least embarrassment.” Clever idea. And if that didn’t work, knowing his inventiveness, he would have tried another, just like you do when tapping into your inner wisdom.

He showed acceptance of something new is not immediate, but, by using patience and creativity, neither will there be the splat of “no way” against the proverbial wall.

So Dear Friends, when you use your Minerva R Socrates inner wisdom you realize, like Edison, an impediment is an obstacle – until you find a way around it.

Rochelle Burns is author of Wisdom For 7 Days…And The Rest Of Your Life

Statue by actor & sculptor Jean Marais

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