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...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

by Rick Baker
On Jul 11, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

According to history or legend, when the great Henry Ford was caught in a very compromising situation he said, "Never complain, never explain". We cannot believe everything we read, so - perhaps Henry Ford was never in that compromising situation and even if he was perhaps he never said that never-never quip. And, perhaps Henry Ford was simply making timely use of the wisdom expressed earlier by the great British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli?

Regardless, Disraeli or Ford or both, "Never complain, never explain" makes for an interesting story-example of what makes great men great.

 

PS: "...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

Many people have a negative impression of Friedrich Nietzsche. I'm not one of them. Just after Disraeli's death, when Ford was a young man, Nietzsche wrote those words. ['Thus Spoke Zarathustra'...written in 4 parts, during the 1880's]

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets

It's tough to enjoy the humour at your office when it all happens behind your back.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 26, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The missed-joys of bad-boss oblivion, when ignorance creates behind-the-back bliss. 

What you don't know can be damned funny. 

What you don't know won't hurt you...well, at least not directly.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Humour | Thought Tweets

Primate evolution! We enjoy the benefits of both opposing thumbs and blame-pointing fingers.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 8, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Our fingers naturally point outwards. Perhaps, that's why we point at others when it's time to place blame.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Humour | Thought Tweets

I developed a serious interest in other people ... in less than 6 decades.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 6, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

From a very early age, I noticed people making mistakes. I didn't just notice it. Their mistakes scraped in my ears, seared my eyes and caused me all sorts of other discomfort, anxiety and annoyance. 

But, in less than 6 decades I managed to get beyond the constant barrage of other people's errors...and, when all the dust cleared, I found myself truly interested in other people.

Criticism is a contagious thing...it's the polar opposite of 'Pay It Forward'.

by Rick Baker
On May 25, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When we criticize others they tend to carry on the tradition by criticizing the people the encounter...they criticize the person in front of them in the Tim Horton's drive-thru or their children who are not taking homework quite seriously enough, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

All of us seem to be hard-wired to be critical of others...at least, the vast majority of us seem to possess and illustrate this human condition. Despite that fact, very few of us find value in receiving criticism. Very few of us indeed...

Regardless of how we deliver and receive criticism from others, most people - when you cut through their external facade: whether arrogant, or brave, or puzzled, or aggrieved most people - are quite critical of themselves. We should neither forget nor underestimate this aversion to criticism. Even people who are very tough on themselves don't like it when others treat them that way.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Thought Tweets

Give yourself injections of that oxymoron, Constructive Criticism

by Rick Baker
On May 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Create a Do It Yourself Hormesis Program, aimed at thickening your skin and building your tolerance for other people's shortcomings. 

CAUTION: If you are like most people then your initial tolerance for criticism will be unbelievably low...so start with very low doses of self-criticism. And, build the doses up slowly over time...until you are able to face your screaming vein-bulging face in the mirror. 

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