Friday, January 15, 2010


When Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, he confessed that if he could be right 75 percent of the time, he would reach highest measure of his expectation.

If that was the highest rating that one of the most distinguished men of the 20th century could hope to obtain, what about you and me?

If you can be sure of being right at least 55 percent of the time, then you can go down to Share Market of India and make Millions of rupees per day. And if you can’t be sure of being right 55 percent of the time, why should you tell others they are wrong?

You can tell people they are wrong by a look or a intonation or a gesture just as eloquently as you can in words and if you tell them you are wrong, do you make them to agree with you? Never! For you have struck a direct blow at their intelligence, judgement, pride and self respect. That will make them want to strike back. But it will never make them want to change their minds. You may them produce at them all the logic of Plato or Socrates but you will not alter their opinions, for you have hurt their feelings.

Never begin by announcing ‘I am going to prove so and so to you.’ That’s bad. That’s tantamount to saying: ‘I m smarter than you are.’

That’s a challenge. It arouses opposition and makes the listener want to battle with you before you even start.

I have developed a simple philosophy to such situations in ma life and that is.
“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”

So from now if you are going to prove anything, don’t let anybody know it. Do it so subtly, so adroitly, that no one will feel that their intelligence or self respect is challenged……..

Lastly I would like to add what Socrates said so beautifully,
One thing I know, and that is that I know nothing.”

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