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Perception vs Perspective
I didn’t get much sleep Monday just passed because I listened to the entire Lex Fridmen’s podcast with ex CIA spy Andrew Bustamente. Fridmen asked Bustamente the question: What is the greatest spy-trick to generally improve anyone’s life? His answer (or words to the effect) were the following:
‘We all look at the world through our own perception. Perception is reality. It is unique only to you. That’s why people argue all the time. There is no advantage in trying to convince other people of your own perception. The way you win any argument or convince other people is when you replace perception with perspective. The way you get ahead in your career, your marriage, outsell or outrace is when you move off perception and into perspective.
Perspective is the art of looking outside of yourself; like an entity viewing the world from a third person or even more powerful – you sit in the other person’s shoes, sit in the seat of the person opposite you. And you think to yourself; what is their life like, what do they feel right now, and are they comfortable or are they afraid? What is the stressor they woke up with this morning? What is the stressor they will go to sleep with tonight? When you shift places with and get out of your own perception and into someone else’s perspective, now you are thinking like them, and it gives you an informational advantage. But what everyone is doing is thinking with their own perception and not from a different perspective. So, developing this practice of perspective gives you a superior advantage that the other does not have. If you do that to your boss; it’s going to change your career, to your spouse it will change your marriage, to your kids – your family legacy.
It’s not about empathy which is sympathising with another’s feelings, it’s about seeing another’s world view and logic – both left and right brain hemispheres. It is understanding what actions they are going to take because basically you’re telling them the story that’s in their own head. People want community; someone that understands and validates them. That I am with you in this time and moment – feelings aside. That is powerful and intimate.‘