What's Your Perspective?
In the movie Ratatouille, which happens to be in my top 10 list, the food critic Anton Ego sits down to eat at Gusteau’s restaurant and says to the waiter, “Do you know what I’m craving, a little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective.” As a noun, one definition of perspective is, “a way of regarding situations, facts, and judging their relative importance.” Another is, “ to clearly perceive,” and in the art world it’s, “having the ability of providing distance and depth.”
My grandmother gave me advice as a child that has allowed me to exceed the standard or status quo in almost every situation and seems to be inline with those definitions. She said, “get as many different perspectives as possible,” and “you’ll probably learn the most, from the people who are least like you.” Perhaps because the chef that prepared Anton Ego’s dinner in the movie was a rat, (yes, a rodent…oops, spoiler alert) he was able to provide a very unique perspective on a timeless dish. The meal gave the critic an inspiring dining experience, which flooded him with emotions and took him back to his childhood.
So, I realize it was just a movie, but I love the idea of success coming from such a left field perspective. I also struggle with the advice I’m hearing constantly that states, you need to find and surround yourself with likeminded people. Personally, some of my greatest triumphs have come from the aid of UN-likeminded people. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy being around people like me. I find great joy in learning and hearing new thoughts and ideas, no matter where they come from. It’s just been my experience that those unique, once in a lifetime, aha moments happen more often when I’m hanging around UN-likeminded people.
Fortunately, I’m good with hearing the truth. But unfortunately, many times those closest to you are afraid to share what’s really happening, because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. It also seems that I get deeper and more distance views from people who are walking on a different path than I am. So, although I haven’t found a talking rat yet, I’m constantly on the lookout for those who will provide me with a fresh perspective, because for me, that’s where the incredible happens. So, I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone by spending time with people and in places that are foreign to you. Learning to love unique perspectives has helped me live a sensational life, and I hope it does the same for you.