Facts Aren’t Always Enough

You can drown a doubting person in facts, but if their mind doesn’t want to be changed, facts won’t matter.

In fact, more facts will only make a shaking head shake more, a folded set of arms lock in more tightly, a set of squinted eyes completely close and a set of palms cover the ears.

Most people don’t want to commit to working through the doubt and having the experience because the doubt provides a false sense of safety and protection from fear and panic.

Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne , a 15th century essayist, said: My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.

The science also points out that 85% of what we worry might happen never comes to pass.

Experience is the only teacher that will change a mind and the only thing that will enable an experience is the willingness to have it.

Truth Be Told, the person with a perception will always lose an argument to the person who had the experience.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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