Someone asked me why I was following people on Twitter that I disagree with, in the areas of ethics, morality, blind obedience, rationality, and various aspects of current affairs.
I find that listening to logical and rational arguments and debates from the other side of the fence offers a lot of insight and learnings for me.
I don’t want to live in an echo chamber because it’s a path that leads to nowhere.
“Semacam katak dibawah tempurung.” (Malay proverb)
Like a frog under a coconut shell.
Everything the frog knows is under that shell. The world outside is beyond its comprehension.
I don’t want to be like that.
I want to grow, and learn from others, even if I violently disagree with their point of view.
I knew this one consultant who put these in her objectives for the year:
“1. I will acquire 10 positive feedback from my clients and stakeholders on my projects.”
“2. I will acquire 10 negative feedback from my clients and stakeholders on my projects.”
Number 2 blew me away.
She was adamant in seeking out those whose point of view on her performance would lead to improvement and growth, and while the ‘pat-on-the-back’ feedbacks were nice, they did not have the same impact.