I was reading book 1 from the children’s book series, Sam the Ant, titled “The Flood”. The two main characters, Sam the Sandy (both ants), were caught in what appears to be a huge storm. They were using a leaf like a boat and were headed with the current. I asked, “Are they going fast?” Some children replied excitedly, “Yes!” However, several said, “No, it just looks like they’re going fast. They’re probably going slowly.” To this I asked, “Why do you think that?” They replied, “Because their ants, and ants are small. For them it might seem fast, but if we saw them, they would barely be moving.”
While this story may seem cute, which it is, don’t miss the profound concept which was addressed, which is:
When we observe perspective carefully, we improve our ability to understand the world we are in and the world we can create.
How can you use this concept in your professional and personal world? Let’s keep reading.
Playing with Perspective
As adults we often fall into the trap of embracing only a few perspectives, which we have either grown up around or have learned from our environment. However, we have the choice to choose our surroundings, and the people in our environment. In short, when we begin to “play with perspectives” in our life, we can find a new source of energy, happiness and even begin to redefine success itself. Here’s an example.
My son Nick had just about finished his first year of college, and he came to me and said, “Dad, this isn’t working for me.” We talked about how his classes felt like high school all over again, how there was a lack of challenge, and how there was very little critical and creative thinking represented in the experiences offered.
I asked him what he wanted to do, and his response was, “I’m not sure, other than continuing to work at the restaurant I’m at.” My response was, “good, think about it and let’s jam on it once you’ve given it some thought.”
Long story short is:
- I left a huge doorway open for him to think instead of condemning his choice, or worse yet, pretend I understood exactly how he felt and imposing my own set of expectations on him.
- We kept jammin on ideas, and those chats led to Nick starting his own catering company, then looking at packaging of some of the products and placing them in local grocery stores.
- More importantly, Nick experienced a number of valuable, real-world lessons, met some great entrepreneurs in our community, and received relevant feedback.
- What is next for Nick or for anyone who begins to venture into the unknown. I don’t know, but it will be of his choosing...and it will be relevant.
This goes back to one of the concepts my colleagues discussed
When the learner co-creates and/or creates their own framework of understanding and learning, their level of engagement is very high. When anyone is truly engaged, it is only a matter of time before they find the most effective mentors, and the most relevant settings for their life.
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