Life’s little sayings have a big impact on how we think.
A stitch in time saves nine.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
They make up our common sense but as Einstein quipped:
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
I believe these aphorisms survive because they contain wisdom that work for us. But in the face of what we know about complexity there are some sayings that should go the way of the desert bandicoot.
Here are two that no longer make sense when things are complex:
- The definition of insanity is to do the same thing twice and expect a different result
- You can’t fix what you can’t measure.
Can you think of others that hold us back?
About Shawn Callahan
Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one of the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on: