March 14, 2016

 In Musings

Without a Doubt

“Occasionally, people in power come to the conclusion that doubt is a problem.

They conflate confidence with certainty.

Along the way, things worked out for them. They had a willingness to leap, some lucky breaks and a lot of hard work. So they seduce themselves with the black and white dichotomy of certainty. Because, after all, they were certain and look what happened. It all worked out.

Certainty is a form of hiding. It is a way of drowning out our fear, but it’s also a surefire way to fail to see what’s really happening around us.

If you’re certain, you’re probably not prepared for the unexpected, and sooner or later, you’re going to be badly surprised.

People without doubt aren’t looking hard enough.” – Seth Godin

 

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  • Lissa
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    Thanks for this beautifully stated truth, Ann. Just as bullies are cowards, so those who seem certain are fearful. Beware of certain bullies!

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      Ann Grasso
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      How time-sensitive is your comment and pun, given our national atmosphere.

  • Anne
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    Yes, exactly my thoughts… a timely and apropos quote for the tenor of our national discourse these days.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Sigh…

  • Jeanne Hewell-Chambers
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    Doubt is my native state, and I’ve taken many knocks and blows in my life from folks who want me to believe that my doubt indicates a personal flaw. One thing I am certain about: I agree with Seth Godin.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Yes, there are many who need to look harder!

  • Robin Richardson
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    Hi Ann and all others-
    I believe in paying close attention to doubt, to hear what it is trying to tell you or show you. Certainties feel dead end to me and I begin to crave some sort of doubt or conflict to solidify what it is I am doing. What I am certain about though, is to not let doubt linger for too long. Just like any other emotion or thought that comes into the realm, we must feel it, acknowledge it and then decide which way is best for ourselves.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Thoughtful response, Robin. Even our “certainties” must be held up to the light of new information and altered if need be. Rigidity, as you point out, can feel like or be a dead end.

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