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Did You Catch the Spirit of What I Said?

Half-baked ideas often contain a beautiful kernel,
an essence that can be cultivated and nurtured until it matures into a
powerful contribution.

Yes, it’s often the case that people share thoughts that are not a good
match
for the task at hand, not yet fully baked. It’s the way we humans
interact.  Next time someone says something that seems decidedly
off track, look beneath the surface and ask (out loud), “Can we explore
the spirit of what you just said?”

The resulting back-and-forth is both a chance for the speaker to
elaborate and expose the seed of her thought and an opportunity for you
to influence its development with your hopes and aspirations.

The essence of
genius is to know what to overlook.

– William James