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How You View The World

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

Stephen Covey related this story which beautifully illustrates the way we view the world. A man and his two children boarded the train. Soon, both his children were creating havoc and disturbing other commuters. After much restrain, Covey spoke to the man:

Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more.

The man replied:

Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it. We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago. I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.

Why your mindset is a receipe for success (or failure)

Upon hearing that response, his either worldview of the man shifted. He continued:

Suddenly I saw things differently, and because I saw differently, I thought differently, I felt differently, I behaved differently.

That’s it! Your worldview shapes the way you think, which in turn shapes the way you feel, and hence influence what you do (or not to).

Hence, when you see a situation, do you see an opportunity or do you see a threat? Is it the end or the beginning?

How you view the world

Have you ever considered how you viewed the world was different from those that you live or work with?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.