Everyone has heard of the glass half full or half empty idea. It is usually a rhetorical question and is looking for a person’s worldview. Other than the quantity of liquid and the existence of the glass, everything else is supplied by the observer. There is no objective meaning.
People think if the glass is half full, then optimism. Half empty parallels pessimism.
The question and the apparent tendency lacks context and can lead to serious error. Context is a key variable in all our decisions. Suppose we see the context in terms of the glass and a person who is relating to the glass. If the person is pouring, the glass is half full. If drinking, it is half empty. In this context, the pouring person who sees the glass as half full could be a huge pessimist, while the drinker could be an optimist. Our initial impression is wrong.
First impressions can be misleading. If the context cannot be examined, then there can be little confidence in the answer. Sound decisions are the result of examining many variables and seeing how they interact. Meaning of variables matters.
A full set of impressions will find answers that benefit you in two ways:
- They are more likely to be right.
- When things change, you have an initial template that you understood and you can see the effects of the change and your required course of action.
Of course, there are still the engineers to deal with.
Their vision of the glass and its contents is, “The glass is the wrong size.”
More context will never harm you.
Don Shaughnessy arranges life insurance for people who understand the value of a life insured estate. He can be reached at The Protectors Group, a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency in Peterborough, Ontario. In previous careers, he has been a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business.
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