Conventional and non conventional wisdom

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Once upon a time, there lived a Scorpion and a Frog. One day the Scorpion wanted to cross the river and asked the Frog to carry her on his back across the river. Knowing Scorpion, the Frog refused to do so.

The Scorpion asked Frog “Why don’t you take me to the other side of the river”?

The frog replied, “If I take you on my back you will sting me”.

The scorpion replied, “If I sting you I will die too! Therefore it is not in my best interest to sting you.”

Frog liked the logic and thought that Scorpion would not hurt him. Scorpion got on the back of Frog and started to cross the river. When they were halfway across Scorpion stung the Frog.

Before dying the Frog asked the Scorpion, “You told me it was in your best interest not to sting me, but you did. So why did you sting me?”

The scorpion replied, “It is in my nature to sting, I can’t help it”. Both died in the river.

In the book,” First Break all the rules” the author Mark us Buckingham used this story to differentiate between “Conventional and Non Conventional Wisdom” by the actions of Frog.

Our minds always go with logic but “Nature( the way we are)” always beats logic.

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err”-Mahatma Gandhi

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