Challenge conventional wisdom

Wisdom is the term used to describe ideas or explanations that are generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field. The term also implies that the ideas or explanations, though widely held, are unexamined and, hence, may be reevaluated upon further examination.  Many of us conduct and live our lives within the framework of established principles of wisdom. They can govern our personal life, relationships, work and professional advancement. For many of us they can have an overwhelming influence on the way we think, and behave, this applies to both individuals and organisations. However we must acknowledge that conventional wisdom can limit our thinking and create boundaries to our aspirations. They can misguide our intentions and infer that some things are not possible – when in reality they are! We must question – is it true wisdom or dogmatic views on how things operate or how things are done. It is vital that we don’t take at face value the wisdom that applies to our own particular situation – it could be wrong.

Successful and ambitious individuals will if necessary contest conventional wisdom that surrounds their circumstances. A burning desire to pursue a dream or satisfy a need that is not being catered for can lead us to challenge a preconceived ideology that masquerades as wisdom. Don’t take the words of experts as being that of the Oracle, whilst their wisdom may have value and may have a role to play – it does not automatically mean they are right and their word is final. Listen to your inner voice, does it feel right, if it doesn’t, then ask Why? Why not? What if? What about?

We can run the risk of our creative energy and new ideas being misdirected by people supposedly in the know. Don’t think twice about challenging views. Breaking new ground often means “Creating New Wisdom”

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2 Responses to Challenge conventional wisdom

  1. Stuart Cowan says:

    Very wise words John,

    Please keep them coming. As ever, you give something back and I for 1 continue to be inspired by your success and the powerful words you use 🙂

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