Motivational Speech: The one who thinks is smart changes the cards on the table. Instead, the intelligent person, doesn't change the cards, but does change the table.

Published on 20 May 2024 at 17:58

Interesting insight into two distinct approaches of problem solving and dealing with adverse situations.


On one hand, we have the cunning of the clever person who seeks to manipulate circumstances to his or her advantage; on the other, the wisdom of the intelligent person who chooses to radically transform the context in which he or she moves.


The smart operates within existing rules, trying to bend and distort them for personal benefit. It is a reactive approach and often characterized by short-termism. This strategy may work in specific situations, but it risks leading to an endless cycle of manipulation and conflict, as the other parties involved will soon recognize the game and respond in the same way.. The clever person, in effect, builds a house of cards: impressive at first glance, but extremely fragile.


The intelligent person, on the other hand, understands that in order to achieve lasting and meaningful change, it is necessary to change the entire scenario. Instead of wasting energy trying to adapt a reality that does not work, he/she decides to create a new one that is better suited to his/her goals and values. This proactive approach requires a long-term vision and an ability to imagine alternatives that go beyond the obvious. Changing the table means breaking out of toxic dynamics and investing in new contexts where one's skills and ideas can thrive without resorting to deception or trickery.


But how do we apply wisdom? Here some advices : 


1. Evaluate the Context: Before deciding how to act, analyze the situation objectively. Understand whether the problem is solvable within the existing context or whether it is better to radically change the environment.


2. Think Long-Term: Consider the consequences of your actions not only in the present, but also in the future. Immediate solutions are often not sustainable in the long term.


3. Invest in Yourself: Always look for opportunities for personal and professional growth. Changing the table often means improving yourself and seeking contexts where you can truly fulfill your potential.


4. Cultivate Positive Relationships: Build and maintain relationships based on trust , transparency and mutual respect.  This will help you create a stronger and more supportive work or personal environment.


5. Be Proactive: Instead of reacting to situations, try to anticipate them. Identify opportunities for change and take action to shape the environment according to your needs and aspirations.


In short, while the clever person tries to bend the rules of the game, the intelligent one frees himself from the need to play by rules that do not belong to him / her. Changing tables is an act of liberation and an investment in the future, a sign of true wisdom and foresight.


This philosophy is applicable to all situations, both work and personal, demonstrating that profound change is often the key to lasting and authentic success.



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