The art of the paradox

February 28, 2009 / by Michael K. Redman


How can two things that appear to be opposites or at least apposed both be true?  I don't know... but when they are we call it a paradox and if you want to be successful in business and in life you need to be able to live with Paradox's. 

We see Paradoxes all around us, here are a few examples:

  • Grace and Truth
  • Free will and Destiny
  • Old ideas and new ideas

A paradox is something that really troubles us.  We look at it and say, "They both can't be true", but they are.  The most common problem we find ourselves in is we think we have to choose between two concepts and many times we don't.  It's not “either” but “both”.  The mother is being kind when she disciplines her child for doing something wrong but the child doesn't think so.  To an adult discipline and kindness can both be true but the child says it's either one or the other.  You’re either being kind or you’re disciplining me.

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