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Unless we do not care about reputation, it is crucial to ensure that our opinions and positions are well-informed and authentic. Failing to do so can lead to blind spots, becoming blindsided, and falling prey to a closed mindset. Are there ways that we can authenticate our opinions and position on issues? Certainly! Let us explore these three aforementioned areas and their accompanying remedies. 


Blind spots are situations where we are familiar with something but missing some important pieces of information. For instance, launching a new product line without considering external factors and their potential impact on the product. If we do not pay attention to our blind spots, we may end up surprised, shocked, or even embarrassed. To address this, we should make it a point of duty to seek opinions from diverse and respected mentors with extensive experience. By tapping into their wisdom, we gain valuable insights that broaden our perspective, helping us identify and fill blind spots. Additionally, remaining vigilant, curious, and consistently seeking knowledge and information is key. This enables us to uncover hidden aspects that will enable making well-informed decisions. 


Being blindsided refers to completely overlooking something due to ignorance or inattentiveness. This is quite different from the previous point because we are aware of what could be, but not just paying enough attention. In most cases, we are encumbered with what is in front of our desk and underestimating other external issues that could be. For example, proceeding with a new product launch without anticipating how a government decision could affect its production.  

To prevent being blindsided, we must pay attention to subtle cues and signals in our environment. Hone our scenario planning capacity and engage in conversations with individuals outside our usual circles (especially those with relevant experience and knowledge). This allows us to gain diverse perspectives and insights. Actively seeking alternative viewpoints enhances our ability to identify potential pitfalls and make proactive decisions. 


Total blindness occurs when deeply ingrained beliefs, culture, and biases hinder our ability to consider alternative viewpoints. This can hamper our decision-making process. For instance, exclusively collaborating with like-minded individuals or excluding those with differing views during a campaign can limit our understanding of the bigger picture. 

To overcome this, we must commit to expanding our knowledge beyond our own perspectives. Actively seeking conversations and interactions with others who hold diverse opinions and perspectives helps challenge our assumptions and broaden our horizons. Consistently seeking information from various sources enables us to break free from the constraints of our biases and make more balanced and informed decisions. 

Authenticating our opinions and positions is essential for making sound decisions. Our reputation matters and our output is a bye-product of it. By avoiding blind spots through the guidance of respected mentors, remaining attentive and inquisitive, we can enrich our knowledge base. To avoid being blindsided, we should pay attention to subtle cues and engage with individuals outside our regular circles. Overcoming total blindness requires a commitment to seeking diverse viewpoints and challenging our biases. By following these arguments and their remedies, readers can empower themselves to make well-informed decisions, confidently navigating the complexities of the modern world.