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Seeing Past Paradox?

Seeing Past Paradox? #1

I love paradox; because, there are so many cute little sayings that aren’t true even though they sound profound.

Paradox makes me think!

What I frequently discover is opposite approaches can work even while my mind is screaming “That can’t work.”

As any good results oriented marketer will tell you, if you can’t get a “yes” after 100 actions, your offer sucks. Go find something else. (Or see the paradox quote comparison in Post #2 with Tony Robbins, Colonel Sanders & Ben Franklin)

Kentucky Fried Chicken was started by Colonel Sanders who was turned down 1,009 times before getting his 1st yes.

I’m sure he got better as he went.

Yet the 2 positions are pretty far apart. And sometimes we need to think for ourselves about our level of commitment to whatever it is we want to achieve.

“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience — to appreciate the fact that life is complex.”

― M. Scott Peck

Seeing Past Paradox?

Seeing Past Paradox?
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7 Paradoxical Truths to Embrace for a Meaningful Life

To say something is “clear as mud” isn’t complimentary. We prefer things to be logical, neat, and linear. The problem is, life doesn’t play according to our rules.

Light is the perfect example and metaphor for life; paradoxically behaving like a wave and particle — sometimes it passes through glass, sometimes it bounces off. Likewise, our rigid rules for life need to be traded in for a flexible approach; what seems mutually exclusive, is interconnected.

Here are seven paradoxical truths to embrace for a meaningful life:

1. To be and to do.
In the blue corner, Benjamin Franklin says “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” In the red corner, Alan Watts says, “The meaning of life is just to be alive. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

Both express important aspects of life. Watts is speaking against the rat-race that robs us of the joys of simply being present. Franklin highlights the potential we possess to leave an indelible mark — that great achievements are made by people no different to yourself.

There’s value in simply being alive, knowing your presence matters. And there’s value in what you contribute to the world; to find what you’re passionate about and share that. A meaningful life is a dance between the two.

2. Traumas and Triumphs. 
Nobody seeks to experience traumas, yet there isn’t a single person who hasn’t endured adversity. Meaning is forged in how we respond to them.

Those who’ve overcome trials always comment on the invaluable lessons learned — that they wouldn’t go back and change a thing. That the triumph eclipsed the trauma.

Andrew Solomon gives a moving Ted Talk titled: “How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are.” He gives one example from a rape victim…

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