Einstein said that. (How can I start to get quoted?)
Communication is how to get around this ‘most assumptions are wrong’ thing.
That’s a lot easier said than done.
Because 2 + 2 = 4
And so does 24 – 20 = 4
And even 64 / 16 = 4
And endless more combinations.
Just like there’s countless of ways to communicate with one another
Like using visual words, certain tones and body ques
Or auditory words, and other tones and body ques
One could understand best by listening, while others reading, and even more by doing.
Each person has their own – preferred – way of communicating.
So yes, communication is a way to get around the assuming something
But it’s more than that.
Effectively communicating, so the other person gets our message.
Or becoming a better listener so we can understand others’ messages…
Because it doesn’t matter if we understand our message, that’s a no brainer
The real goal is to communicate so that the other person gets our message.
Or listen – really listen intently – to get the other person’s point of view
So there are no room for assumptions
Worst yet, what if we assume they understand what we’re saying? (Most likely wrong.)
If the other party assumes something or doesn’t understand something, whose fault is that?
we must say it’s our fault, because we are responsible individuals who take control of situations vs being victims of situations.
Like water, being flexible and adaptable but always finding a way.
So where are assumptions being made in our lives?
Is it with our significant other?
Coworkers or employees?
Take action today to become a better listener and make a real effort to understand what other people are trying to say (IMO this is the better road vs trying to get others to understand us)