Don't be a Jerk.
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- Mar 1, 2007
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- Fort Lauderdale, FL
I ran across an article today that was about Jeff Bezos talking about intelligence. It's not something new from him, but running across it today made me think of political discussions and "being right".
This is what the Amazon founder looks for when he wants to know if someone is really smart.
So, my parting thought is for everyone to be open to challenging their own thinking, be receptive to new data, and let that data drive your opinions. It's ok to flip flop.Bezos has "observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they'd already solved. They're open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking," Fried reports the Amazon boss saying.
That willingness to consider new information goes hand in hand with a willingness to admit your old way of thinking was flawed. In other words, to be super smart you have to change your mind a lot. Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Bezos apparently agrees that consistency is overrated.
"He doesn't think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait," Fried reports. "It's perfectly healthy -- encouraged, even -- to have an idea tomorrow that contradicts your idea today."