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January 16th, 2017

We often instinctively chose to assume to worst of people, because it slips easily into mind. But what if instead we chose to assume the best?…What is the most generous assumption you can make about this person's intentions…? – The Farnam Street blog

By Ron Nakamoto

This post shares several concepts that make up the Empowered Wealth "Begin in Gratitude" practice and technique. In our view, respect and generosity make up two of the three fundamental levels of Gratitude (appreciation is the third). The post describes a basic framing question, "What is the most respectful interpretation?" of any frustrating, negative situation. The Farnam Street team suggests that we challenge our negative assumptions and "try to interpret the situation in a more respectful and generous way." Using the tools of Empowered Wealth, I would add that we might find what we appreciate about the people and situation. In addition, in the spirit of generosity, we might give people the benefit of the doubt (at least initially) by assuming the best and giving people something that's in short supply these days: our attention.

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The Most Respectful Interpretation
Consider this situation: You email a colleague with a question expecting a prompt response, but hours or days later you’ve yet to hear from them. Perhaps you can’t move forward on your project without their input so you find yourself blocked. How do you imagine you feel in this situation? For many of us, situations …

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