Art of Being Unreasonable

A Ravi Shankar By A Ravi Shankar, 14th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Art of being unreasonable - Lessons in Unconventional thinking, is the title of a book by Billionaire Businessman Eli Broad. The book explains this art, interestingly, similar model has been followed by some of the other successful, as well as not so successful people.

Title Forced Me to Buy Book

The Bumblebee Legend still survives; 'Aerodynamically the insect should not be able to fly, but Bumblebee doesn't know that, so it flies'.

I was forced to buy the book 'The Art of being Unreasonable', because of the title. For most of us, who are generally reasonable with our demands from subordinates or family members, I thought this book will give something unique to look forward to. The book in many ways was unique but, its definition of being unreasonable was very different.

My understanding of the art, from the book goes something like this: If the expectation of achieving something is unreasonable, do not give up. Push towards achieving it - through unconventional thinking.

'Progress Depends on the Unreasonable'

The book takes a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Interestingly, there are many around us who follow the unreasonable path. Some do it for mere survival while there are others who do it for success. Let me quote a few here.

Zappos: When the company started of as an online shoe retailer, it was unreasonable to believe that anybody would buy shoes without trying them. But Zappos did sell them and it would be an understatement to say that they are a huge success.

Prema Jayakumar: The daughter of an Autorickshaw driver, Prema topped the Chartered Accountants (CA) exam in India. It was unreasonable to expect that a person coming from such a tough background could top the prestigious exam. She fought against odds and managed it.

Jhonty Rhodes: The former South African cricket player is one of the best fielder. He dives impossible distances to catch and field balls. Doctors may say that it is unreasonable to expect someone suffering from Epilepsy to do such acrobatic fielding. But then Jhonty has managed to overcome the disease through sheer grit and support from his family.

Prayers: It is unscientific, if not unreasonable to expect that things will turn around just because you are praying to god. But then, there are innumerable examples of how people's lives change due to faith. I am sure some of you will have such stories to share.

Uneducated but successful: We all know there are many out there who have succeeded despite of being uneducated. Was it reasonable for them to succeed in this highly competitive world?

The list can go on and on and I am sure you will be able to add a few more, but I wish to state here... that the Art of Being Unreasonable is worth learning. Many of us avoid getting our hands dirty as we believe, it is unreasonable to expect success.


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