Friday, January 22, 2010

What Are You Thinking?

"When all think alike, then no one is thinking." - Walter Lippman

Walter Lippmann (23 September 1889 – 14 December 1974) was an American writer, reporter, and political commentator, who twice was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated newspaper column, “Today and Tomorrow”. He was a journalist, a media critic and a philosopher who tried to reconcile the tensions between liberty and democracy in a complex and modern world. He was definitely a thinker.

What are you thinking today? I’ll bet that you’re full of ideas that you’ve held for many years; I’ll bet that your comfort level with your ideas is pretty strong; and I’ll bet that you’re a bit hesitant to challenge those beliefs and ideas because you most likely don’t have the time or confidence to sort through all that would go into changing them. So what can you do? Think about whether asking the same people the same questions, and reading from and listening to the same information sources, and thinking more of the same will be enough to keep you on the leading edge of your capabilities. Take time today to look at different information providers and start to form new or deeper opinions about the things you believe and, finally, don’t be afraid to learn new things or adapt to new circumstances. Change is hard, on so many levels, and yet it’s a constant in life that should be embraced. Remember, just because everybody else thinks it’s so doesn’t mean it is. Think for yourself today!

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