Overcoming Human Nature

You can see the sun peeking through the clouds, in the center of the photo, just above the pier. Not related to the topic, but no one wants to see another picture of Al.

As the class arrived and began taking their seats, they found the following on the chalk board:

9×1=9

9×2=18

9×3=27

9×4=36

9×5=45

9×6=54

9×7=63

9×8=72

9×9=81

9×10=91

One by one, they began to quietly mock him with their eyes, giggles and whispers as he had made a mistake. The correct answer for 9×10 is 90.

The professor waited for everyone to settle down and then said, “despite me answering the first nine questions correctly, no one congratulated me. Instead, when I get one wrong, everyone started making fun of me. This means that despite being very successful, society will only notice the smallest mistake and make fun of it. Don’t let simple criticism destroy your dreams”.

The professor?  Albert Einstein. Maybe you have heard of him?

Good advice from a smart man.

Unfortunately,  life often reflects that classroom.

One by one, day by day, we can choose to be different.

 

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Overcoming Human Nature

  1. Jim Borden says:

    love that story, thanks for sharing…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Not only is it a common aspect of life but people seem to take great delight in pointing out errors and omissions!

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  3. Dale says:

    What a great way to show us just how people are. And how true is that? How did we come to focus on the one negative amidst all the other positives?

    Like

  4. Val Boyko says:

    A great reminder Ray. Your natural default is judgment. Its time to focus on what’s right and fill other people’s buckets instead of diminishing and putting them down. 💛

    Like

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Not only do I like the lesson you’re teaching, but I had a flashback of teaching the nines trick to my third graders. Patterns abound everywhere in math. Look at how the products have a matching counterpart with reversed digits:
    9 x 1 = 09
    9 x 10= 90

    9 x 2 = 18
    9 x 9 = 81

    9 x 3 = 27
    9 x 8 = 72

    9 x 4 = 36
    9 x 7 = 63

    9 x 5 = 45
    9 x 6 = 54

    Sorry, Ray. I can’t help myself. 🤣🤣🤣

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