Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
When Sir Isaac Newton stood on the shoulders of Galileo he was one of the first to usher in the start of the Enlightenment. From then on we began to see a disconnect between the wisdom of mankind and the powers that kept them down for millennium.
However, there is another disconnect we are experiencing in the 21st Century and that is between the wisdom and knowledge we have accumulated and the confusion that exists within our emotional lives.
For many reasons it is extremely difficult to absorb what we know and then put that into action. Fear of failure is the primal factor for such a disconnect. But we must not let that fear stop us from our pursuits.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
If you missed over 9,000 opportunities, lost almost 300 times when you strived to win and failed over and over again would you consider yourself a success?
I hope so, but odds are the answer is no. Yet, no one would deny that Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball players of all time.
So, why is it so difficult to push through our own fear of failure? We get a hint from the Isaac Newton quote at the top: “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
This week on most of our PBS stations, we continue that search with Dr. Mlodinow as we discuss the second half of his book, The Upright Thinkers, starting with Newton and going all the way to the present.
The search for knowledge is the most human of all desires.
Leonard Mlodinow – The Upright Thinkers
Will we uncover the mystery of our fears or just end up with more questions? Either way, we are one step closer to finding the connection.
Let the journey begin,
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