As you may have guessed Napoleon Hill has been major influence in my thinking. Please enjoy this story from him. I think it is a great example of having an open mindset when approaching any situation.
Become The Fuse
Clear the Cobwebsby Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone
Cobwebs will interfere with accurate thinking and cause you to reach a wrong conclusion when you start with a false premise. W. Clement Stone had an amusing experience with this which he describes as follows:
As a boy I enjoyed eating frog legs. One day at a restaurant I was served jumbo frog legs and didn’t like them. Then and there I decided that I didn’t like large frog legs.
Some years later I was at a quality restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky and saw frog legs on the menu. My conversation with the waiter was as follows:
“Are these small frog legs?”
“Are you sure? I don’t like the large ones.”
“If they’re the small ones, that’ll be fine for me.”
When the waiter brought the entrée, I saw that they were jumbo frog legs. I was irritated and said: “These aren’t the small frog legs!”
“These are the smallest we could find, sir,” the waiter responded.
Rather than be unpleasant I ate the frog legs. And I enjoyed them so much that I wished they had been larger.
I learned a lesson in logic.
In analyzing the matter I realized that my conclusions about the merits of large and small frog legs had been based on the wrong premise. It wasn’t the size of the frog legs that made them distasteful. It was the fact that the jumbo frog legs I had eaten the first time hadn’t been fresh. I associated my distaste for jumbo frog legs with size rather than with spoilage.
Now we see that cobwebs prevent accurate thinking when we start with the wrong premise. So many persons think inaccurately when they allow all-embracing word symbols to clutter up their minds with false premises. Such words or expressions as: always—only—never—nothing—every—everyone—no one—can’t—impossible—either . . . or—are most frequently false premises. Consequently, when they are so used their logical conclusions are false.
Source: Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude. Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone. Prentice-Hall, Inc. New Jersey. 1960. Pgs. 35-36.