Benefits of being an outsider

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There was a very interesting articled in Wired Magazine a few years ago Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up, and it helped me understand why some of my points of view were different from my peers. I used to think that just because I had a different cultural background was the cause of my difference, but apparently there is a whole reason why I grew apart from the rest and continue on that vector.

This article brings up the concept of curiosity in a new light for me in the method that asks whether one is interested in a new result that is discovered while searching for a different set of results. Because we are wired not only to ignore results for which we were not looking, but our memory is capable of deleting them immediately if we don’t have a mental cubby hole in which to store the new information.

The article continues that outsiders are very good at discovering the new because outsiders question the status quo, which sometimes is misinformation that hides the truth and even causes our minds to “delete” observations. One doesn’t have to be a social reject to become an outsider; one just needs to be from another group of specialists who speak different jargon. Then, as the various groups attempt to translate their own jargon to one another, status quo is put under a microscope, which gives way to questioning it.

I once brought this up to a friend of mine who is a CFO of a hospital, and asked me, “Why aren’t you a CEO already?” which made me feel special and that maybe I have something in me to be a great transcendental leader

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