When you think

“When you think you’ve got it, you didn’t get it!”

– Bert Verdonck –

Are you like most people when they think they’ve got it, in fact they didn’t?

I regularly give training on non-verbal communication (NVC) and when I ask a student if she got it, her NVC gives her away when she says ‘yes’ while nodding ‘no’. So  she didn’t get it. Why want people make us believe they got it? Well, hundreds of reasons exist. I don’t want to look stupid. It’s not important, let’s move on. I wasn’t concentrating and won’t admit it. I don’t care. Etc. Etc. And that’s ok, but be aware that your body might show us something else…

On top of that, there are conundrums, a kind of riddle or puzzle, where you can’t think your way out of. You have to feel it, before you really understand it. Or it’s rather difficult, because most conundrums contain a kind of pun. So, when I give the solution of the conundrum, people very often state that they got it, but did they really get it? I am not convinced.

Oh, I get it, you want examples of conundrums, right? Here are a few. If you want to reflect on these or have meaningful conversations, they always work great at family parties or networking receptions. I am not sure if people really get it, but hey, that’s fun too, right?

  • What came first, the chicken or the egg?
  • If you don’t know the rules, you shouldn’t break them (Duke Ellington)
  • When is a door not a door?

What is your conundrum? And when did you get it? 🙂

Have fun, always,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach


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