Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: July 11, 2016 – Today’s focus: Enlarge

Enlarge Your Perspective

The world has a way of trying to limit and even shrink our perspective, keeping us down, thinking small and thus playing small….when we should really, enlarge your perspective.

Countless artists, entrepreneurs, authors and independent professionals, have made attempts, shared their ideas and passion only to be shutdown and put in a (very small) box.

Push to Enlarge Your Perspective

  • In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”
  • As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private.
  • Sigmund Freud was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community of Europe.
  • Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.”
  • After his first audition, Sidney Poitier was told by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”

We not only have to persevere past these limiting judgments but in the process we have to expand our thinking. Other people may not see or grasp all you have to offer. Fred Astaire’s experience below sheds light on how to expand in the face of those wishing to pull you down.

After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the memo from the testing director of MGM, dated 1933, read, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” He kept that memo over the fire place in his Beverly Hills home.
Astaire once observed that “when you’re experimenting, you have to expand your efforts and try so many things before you choose what you want, that you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion.”
Here is the reward for perseverance: “The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.”

Expand your thinking because limited thinking leads to limited perspectives and limited perspectives limits our options for actions.