DON’T BE AFRAID TO BREAK WITH TRADITION IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE PROGRESS.
People are trained to follow rules from the time they are kids:
Stand in line.
Do your homework.
Put your hand up to ask a question.
Most rules are good because they keep us from living in chaos. And most processes are governed by rules. You drop a brick from a second-story window, and you know it’s going to fall to the ground. You run a red Light and💥💥
Leaders push boundaries. They desire to find a better way. They want to make improvements. They like to see progress. All these things mean making changes, retiring old rules, inventing new procedures.
Leaders are constantly asking, “Why do we do it this way?” and saying, “Let’s try this.” Leaders want to take new territory, and that means crossing boundaries.
Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame
My lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart
The establishment of any relationship, both individual and expert is honesty.
– Alexander Mejia
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
– Thomas Jefferson
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
― Albert Einstein
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Daily Storytelling Time
STATUS QUO: The Five Monkeys Experiment
In the 1980s an experiment on monkeys was made by a researcher who conducted a study on social dynamics. The researcher put five monkeys in a huge cage. At the top of the cage, he placed a bunch of bananas.
Then a ladder was placed inside the cage, leading to the bananas.
The monkeys saw the bananas and sent one of them up to get them.
When the monkey got to the top and reached for the bananas, the scientist threw a stream of cold water on the monkey’s face. Caught by surprise, the monkey scurried down the ladder. Then, the scientist threw cold water on all the monkeys. A little cold water in the face didn’t entirely stifle their ambition, so a few minutes later, the monkeys sent another one up the ladder. Again the scientist threw cold water on the monkey and the monkey quickly climbed down the ladder. Once more, the cold water treatment was repeated for all the monkeys.
Ten minutes later a third monkey attempted to climb the ladder. But the other monkeys, remembering the punishment that follows, beat up the ambitious monkey and didn’t let him climb up.
A few days later, the scientist removed one of the five monkeys and introduced a new monkey to the group.
The new monkey saw the bananas and naturally, attempted to climb the ladder. The original four monkeys grabbed him and beat him up. Then a second monkey was replaced with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey attempted to climb up and the three original monkeys together with the first new monkey grabbed him and beat him up. That was impressive because the first new monkey was never given the cold water treatment, but he behaved like the other members of the group.
Gradually, all monkeys were replaced with new ones. The new monkeys continued the same treatment of any monkey who tried to reach the bananas. They would pull him off and beat him up, despite the fact that none of them experienced the cold water treatment. In the end, all the monkeys learned that they should never go for the bananas.
This experiment describes perfectly how our society often reacts, when someone attempts to break the rules and change things.