A friend and mentor of mine, Brett Harward, sent me one of the most interesting articles I have ever read. Brett is a genius, author, and professional speaker, so I had high hopes for the article. After finishing it, I was still so impressed with the article that I called him to chat about it. The article was, "The 'Other Side' Is Not Dumb," by Sean Blanda. I included the link below for all you curious readers.
The article discussed the two kinds of people that have developed- the group that looks to validate what they already believe, and the group that is constantly checking facts, asking why, and trying to understand. Blanda speaks to how these different groups use social media (either sharing articles to affirm a certain viewpoint and the group that looks at the "other side's" perspective with a sense of curiosity and desire to understand. The reason I found this article so intriguing is because in my experiments I too see two clearly defined groups- those who ask me about my hat and those that don't. Clearly there is some grey area considering cases like the person who didn't ask about my hat until after I smiled or have said hello first. For ease, we will put the grey area to the side at this time. How fascinating is it that somewhere along the nature/nature spectrum some people will yell, "I like your hat!" in the airport versus the people that seem to look blankly at me probably thinking I am crazy (which some people know is partly true!)? I think it is fascinating. I am so intrigued what specific things, if any, cause those differences, and if there is any correlation to success between the curious group and the not curious group.
There could be none, as perhaps some curious people are just shy, busy, or distracted- or there could be a strong correlation. The article has also made me think about how when political discussions come up, it is usually in an accusatory way or via Facebook fight, and the fact that my hat allows a great benign lead into a conversation. Be it political, ecological, or anything else, there is no doubt about the fact that starting a conversation from a hard hat affects the way conversations go and what topics tend to be discussed. A question Brett and I talked about is, "What is the antithesis of judging?" I have my own thoughts, but I want to know what you think! Leave a comment and share your thoughts on this, hard hats, or anything! I'd love to hear from you!
Here is the link to the article, go check it out! https://medium.com/@SeanBlanda/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063#.53knr9y3g
Remember, it's CURIOSITY that FILLS the hat!