The Idealist-Realist Dialectic

I’ve already hinted at “the idealist” and “the realist” being at odds in the way they perceive the world through Lin Yutang’s pseudo-scientific formula:

Reality + Dreams = A heart-ache (usually called Idealism)
Reality + Humour = Realism (also called Conservatism)

I hear you say “Why?” Always “Why?” You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?George Bernard Shaw 

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Icarus versus Goldilocks

Simplicity versus dumbing down

Goldilocks_IcarusEveryone in the Western world knows the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, with the 3 memorable porridge bowls: not too hot, not too cold but at the just right temperature. These last few years, in the world of self-development and business/marketing, you may have encountered her tale as a metaphor for making the just right choice, finding the just right solution, client, career, level of productivity, preferences, even life-purpose and whatnot. Continue reading

Look Before you Leap, Leap and Above All Choose Life.

stock-photo-handwriting-blackboard-writings-look-before-you-leap-99119582‘Look Before You Leap’ heuristics

If  we use the metaphor of the diving board for people failing to follow through on their goals, we can find on this diving board 2 types of people :

  • The Icaruses.  They take the leap without looking first.  It’s as though they can’t help themselves (See Icarus Lessons). These are few and far between.
  • The commitment phobics, more numerous and in increase as life’s possibilities increase (a paradox); who seek all the guarantees and never get to take the leap.

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