Compared To What?
I try to be a professional speaker but I’m bush-league compared to this guy.
Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams when asked how he’s coping with life in the NBA bubble: “Let’s be clear, mate. This is not Syria, mate. It’s not that hard…We’re living in a bloody resort.”
Perceptual contrast is an effect with which we’re all familiar. What we’re feeling right now is greatly impacted by what we were feeling immediately prior. Walk from the cold outside into a cool room and it’s ‘warm’ to you. Had you walked from a sauna into that same room, it would be ‘cold’ to you.
Adams isn’t comparing his current situation to his recent sport-celebrity ones; he’s comparing them to perhaps his own no-frills life growing up, or looking beyond himself, reading the room and comparing to many lives doing it hard.
A useful question in many workplace conversations is some form of, “Compared to what”?
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