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People who are right are people that change their mind a lot. ~Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos visited 37 Signals and told them:

People who are right a lot of the time are people who often change their minds.

Bezos doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

I'm all for continual improvement.

As long as there are underlying principles and values that guide the change.

Perhaps he's talking about his decision re same-day delivery? :-) I wonder if he's re-thinking his data-storage strategy.

I think he was evoking Ralph Waldo Emerson?

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Jeff be nimble. Jeff be quick.

Isn't that a line from Don MacLean's "American Pie" song?

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