The Internet has made things so easy, some of the best ideas are made available with ease, and the list includes, photos, videos, articles, caricatures and so on. I came across a cartoon a few days back, and it set my thought process rolling. The god’s gift to us humans, life, becomes quite complicated because every situation has different interpretations, a way of looking at it. Death is the only situation in our lives, which has no two sides. A dead person is always a dead person!
This caricature is the epitome of complications that exists in our world. The number six viewed from the other side is nine. This is what happens in all situations. When both parties understand the meaning of caricature above, conflicts are avoided, or both teams will react differently. But in most cases, people don’t want to understand or don’t understand that there are two sides to any coin, which leads to conflicts, fights, murders and even wars! But a different approach to the same event can lead to significant evolutions.
First human society came into being around 10000 BC. Earth has been in existence for millions of years before. With the evolution of society, there came a time when humans started communicating, remembering, in general thinking like we do today. That is when the ownership concept started evolving. Ownership of crops, land, home and later wives! Before this period, disputes must have been only about eating stuff available as nobody owned anything. Eating was the only thing that was required for survival. Humans must have behaved mostly like animals, but the evolution of the brain changed things rapidly.
Why do two persons look at the same thing differently? The example of six and nine defines this different outlook perfectly. What could be the possible reasons for this different outlook? Ego? Superiority complex? Narrow thought process? Not able to grasp the situation? Out of box thinking!
Example of narrow thought process is exemplified in a short story. A shoe salesman is sent to an island with no instructions. After two days of the survey, he sends a message to headquarters, “People don’t wear any type of footwear, don’t send any shoes!” He is called back, and another shoe salesman is sent. The new salesman sends a message to headquarters, “Nobody wears any footwear, send two containers of shoes immediately!” Same situation but different interpretation and approach.
The classic example of “Out of Box thinking”. A few days back, Mukesh Ambani made a statement that H1 visa issue in the US, for the Indian IT sector, is a boon for India. He felt that many talented people who would move to the US will be forced to stay back in India and will work for the betterment of India. In India, we always think that our large population comes in the way of our growth. Mukesh Ambani has made one more statement recently. He said the “Data is new Oil”; he spoke with India’s 1.2 billion population there is a vast data available. It is for the next generation of entrepreneurs to use data to create processes, products and systems which will benefit a large population.
My personal opinion is that this is an excellent opportunity for the Indian IT sector to go up the value chain instead of remaining as glorified contractors! With such a massive pool of talent, cash-rich companies, none of the big ones even thought about going up the value chain. “Narrow thought process”? Companies run by so-called bean counters? Is profit the only motive?
In good old license raj days, some very successful companies made Nylon fibres. One of the businessmen in Pune thought that he will also make the same products and replicate what the other companies did. License Raj ended, good businessmen manoeuvred out of the situation, but our friend in Pune was “Not able to grasp” the situation. In a few years, from Rs.300/ crores, they had to close down!
In the war with India before 1971, Pakistan used to boast that they can easily defeat India with superior fighter planes F16. But Indian fighter pilots with their Gnats had excellent skills, and we know the result! “Ego & Superiority Complex?”
In examples mentioned above, things can be done in different ways, but as mentioned in the title “one is more right”! By the way, to avoid 6 & 9 or M & W situation there is a method of writing, to avoid the confusion! 6 & 9 or M &W. Cheers, always think for the betterment of whatever you are doing and try to be more right!