Take a look at the picture above.

When I first saw it, I thought it perhaps a piece of art. Maybe a piece of pottery. Or perhaps some satellite image- a coastline with lighted ships offshore?

What do you see?

Initial impressions.
We have (and make them) all the time.

On the one hand, it’s how our brains help us navigate a very complex world. We see an image. It gets processed through our subconscious storage- our lifetime of learning, watching and doing. And, we make a judgment.

This was the primary lesson underlying Malcolm Gladwell’s exceptional book, Blink. (If you’ve not yet read it, you should.)

It’s easy (and quick) to make decisions through reaction- snap judgments regarding whatever stimulations or circumstances come our way.

So- what do you see in the picture?

What you’re actually looking at is a 9-billion-pixel photograph of 84 million stars. It was taken through a European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescope located in the Atacama Desert region of Chile.

Zooming in brings an entirely different perspective. You can do so by clicking on the image above or by clicking here.

And don’t zoom-in just once. Your vision gets clearer (and the view more spectacular) with each click.

The thing is, we [too often] take what’s offered at ‘face value.’ We take the ‘zoom setting’ given to us, and in our haste to get onto whatever’s next, we miss (or misjudge) what’s going on within or underneath.

The act of ‘zooming in’ reveals new levels- mechanisms hidden from us at first glance.

As a leader, as an influencer, proper perspective and judgment are essential. Truly successful decision-making relies on the balance between deliberate and instinctive thought.

Until next time,

 

Tim Autrey
Founder/CEO- PPI

P.S. Thanks to my friend Seth Godin for bringing this picture to my awareness!

Tim Autrey
Founder/CEO- PPI

P.S. Thanks to my friend Seth Godin for bringing this picture to my awareness!

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