A question of perspective

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A few weeks ago I had a discussion with one of my friends about a specific subject I’ve studied for a few years. He too had studied this subject for quite a while, so I was interested in his opinion and views.

In our discussion, it quickly appeared that we had completely different views on the same subject and neither of us could understand the other one’s point of view. After a while, we both had to agree to disagree and left it at that. Have you ever been in that situation?

Well, if you have then you probably understand how frustrating this can be. It is like saying this cup is blue, while the other one says the cup is yellow. But you can see the blue cup, so what is his point?

What you see is not always what you get

While pondering over that discussion I had, trying to understand my friend’s point of view, I also remembered something I read a while ago.

Have a look at the picture. What do you see?

If I had to describe the picture, I would do as follows:

I see a lovely young woman facing away from me. She has long blond hair and wears a black necklace. She has small ears and a petite nose

Can you see it? I could go on, but I think you get the gist.

What if I tell you that this is actually an old woman with a very large hook-like nose and a very large chin and piercing eyes? She also has long blond hair but has no necklace, but a large thin-lipped mouth.

Can you see it?

Let me tell you, whatever picture you see, you are correct. If we would have a discussion about this picture, we would both talk on its basis about something completely different and we both would believe that we are absolutely right. It all depends on your perspective!

Next time you have a discussion with someone and you just can’t get their point of view, make sure you are talking about the same thing and open your eyes to other possibilities.

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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