Be for things

It is easy to point out why things are wrong. It is easy to point out why someone or some policy is flawed. It is easy to make a list of reasons why you should not do something.

You only get to do this cynicism* if you can tell me one thing that you are in favour of.

The cynic wants to prove you wrong.

The sceptic wants to understand how you achieve your goal.

*Two Important Definitions

You must learn to distinguish people who are sceptics (positive) from people who are cynics (negative).

cynic  ˈsɪnɪk  noun
  1. 1.
    a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honourable or unselfish reasons.
    “some cynics thought that the controversy was all a publicity stunt”
sceptic  ˈskɛptɪk  noun
  1. 1.
    a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.

Author: Conor Neill

Hi, I’m Conor Neill, an Entrepreneur and Teacher at IESE Business School. I speak about Moving People to Action.

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