I’ve come across a lot of quotes attributed to Albert Einstein. Many I’m sure are his, but some aren’t. Einstein isn’t unique in this regard, this happens to other people, too. Some are accidents, but others I believe are the result of people trying to spread a message and using someone famous to give their idea credibility.
With that in mind, I created the following non-serious Albert Einstein image quote. (By the way, he died years before the internet was created.)
Recently, I re-read the first of the five books that make up the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy. At the back of the book, there are some “extras” (kind of like you would find on a DVD). My favourite is the fax that Douglas Adams sent to the American editor of the book.
It appears there was an attempt to “Americanize” the story by replacing English locations, companies, currencies et cetera with American ones. There is no need to repeat Mr. Adams’ argument against it. My point in mentioning it, is that here is a clear example of how we underestimate ourselves. The editor, an American, must have felt it was too difficult for an non-British reader to follow along. I can’t speak for Americans, but as a Canadian, I didn’t have any problem.
It is hard enough to overcome the criticism of others, but not giving yourself a chance is worse. So, my simplistic advice is try, fail, try again, fail again, try again or try something else and enjoy the journey. And, of course, “Don’t Panic”.
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I started writing about justice, but then I paused to look up some quotes. So, instead of continuing with my words, I will just put something attributed to Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Two things I can say about Redirect is that the book’s blurbs are right and the concept of “personal story editing” is deceptively simple, but effective.
This isn’t a “self-help book” — the author isn’t a fan of those types of books and he explains why. Still, the book’s topics are useful in the way that self-help books claim to be. What makes it different is the author’s insistence that everything is tested. In Redirect, Wilson explains why some well intentioned programs to curb teenage pregnancy, alcoholism and violence not only don’t work, but actually have the opposite effect. He also goes into some parenting strategies and personal level challenges.
And now, a few of the burbs that I agree with:
“With a deft narrative touch, an engaging metaphor for bringing about psychological change (personal story editing), and a ferocious commitment to scientific evidence, Timothy Wilson has made a remarkable contribution to knowledge.” Robert B. Cialdini (author of Influence)
“Whether you are a parent, educator, employer, or simply someone who cares about making the world a better place, you should read this book.” Sonja Lyobomirsky (author of The How of Happiness)
“There are few academics that write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. Redirect is a masterpiece. ” Malcolm Gladwell
Sub-Title: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
Author: Timothy D. Wilson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Professor Wilson’s Webpage: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~tdw/