Becoming Bilingual

The conventional mental map is not our only choice.  The positive mental map offers the language of possibility.  Most people don’t look for or find this map unless they have experienced a crisis of some sort, which breaks down their conventional assumptions and allows them to be more open.  When they do this, they begin to evolve into a more complex thinker.  Acquiring this positive mental map is a lot like becoming bilingual.  It is a journey, not an instant transformation.  It involves taking risks, failing your way forward, and having the confidence to keep trying.  Learning a new language doesn’t mean forgetting your native language; rather, it adds a greater capacity to communicate and learn.

-The Positive Organization, p. 30


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