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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson

It looks simple

It looks simple

Obviously …

It’s usually a bad start to a productive conversation if your opening comment starts with, “It looks simple enough to me…,” or “Obviously, they should…,” or “Why don’t they just….”

You’ve probably now confirmed that you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

You may have already heard me quote the genius scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein, who allegedly said, “For every complicated problem there is an easy and obvious solution – that is always wrong!”

Maybe you have a better solution or a simple answer to a difficult question, but if you are

going to convince anyone that you know what you’re talking about, you should start with asking for clarification of what exactly is the problem.

Once you confirm your understanding of the problem you can more likely present a well-reasoned argument for the solution that seemed simple and obvious to you. It may now seem more clear to others. Further discussion may even lead to a better conclusion.

It starts with a conversation, not a speech trying to prove how smart you are.

Be better. Do better. 

Del Chatterson, your Uncle Ralph

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