Back to Basics – we need to collaborate because we each have blind spots in our thinking.
In the poem, “The Blind men and the Elephant” by John Godfrey Saxe, there are six blind men each feeling a part of the elephant and proclaiming loudly what their interpretation of what an elephant is.
Their six observations about the elephant: a spear, a hose, a fan, a wall, a tree trunk, a wall, and a snake.
The conclusion to the poem is as follows:
“And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long,
each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!“
This is why we need each other’s opinions and insights, to help us with our own blind spots.
Sometimes our blind spots are so obvious. Yet we don’t see them.
I had the experience of my wife buying me some Tabasco hot sauce and putting it in the cupboard. I looked but I couldn’t see it. Why? Because it was in a box and I was looking for a bottle of hot sauce. The shape of the bottle was all I was looking for and I didn’t see it! Even though the image of the bottle was on the box right in front of my eyes, I was still blind to it.
Other times our blind spots aren’t so obvious. Getting the perspective of others is really important. And the more diverse points of view help us to see more clearly. I really like the diversity of all of us from around the world, from different occupations and from different backgrounds.
We need your point of view. We need to help each other overlook our blind spots. This is why this community is so important. When we all share each other’s points of view we get a more complete picture of our learning and the content that we create.
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Collaboration is the key to your success. Get back to basics and invest in relationships of giving and receiving and you will achieve your dreams.
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