I learned to sail from an MIT student who wore a T-shirt that read “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing.”
Clearly, this was a parody of the United Negro College Fund slogan, “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste.” Both statements are true and, if you think about them closely, they are inexorably linked.
What the MIT kid’s shirt meant is that an exceptional mind is an extraordinary thing. A restless organism. A seeker of higher truths. A challenger of orthodoxies and ideologies. It is never content. It is never satisfied. It understands that it works against the reality of time and the illusion of conventional wisdom. It has to make a difference and once it does so, it has to do so again. And again.
The MIT T-shirt really meant, “A Mind Is A Wonderful Thing…. But It Is A Terrible Thing To Waste It.”
Put this in a business perspective. Ask yourself a few questions. Be honest. Dig deep. Allow the truth to come through.
Q. Are you willing to think so far through accepted reality that you can cross into another dimension? Anything less is mental chopsticks.
Q. Do you accept anything just because it is labeled “The Truth.