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Socrates and Plato in your business

Below you will find words of wisdom from the greatest philosopher of Greece.


I believe these words are pertinent to the business world and to the personal lives of all of us.

 

Applying this material can save you a lot of unnecessary work, jitters, heart-ache and even money.

 

I use it as a policy in my businesses and my community activities. I recommend you to do the same.

 

This is the story

 

In ancient Greece, Socrates (469-399 B.C.) was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

 

One day a philosopher colleague met him and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your student Plato?"

 

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied, "before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

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"Triple filter?"

Yes," explained Socrates, "before telling me anything about my student, let's test what you want to say.

 

“The first filter is of Truthfulness.

 

"Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

 

"No," the friend said, "actually I just heard about it and..."

 

"OK," Socrates said, "you don't know whether it is true.

 

“The second filter is of Goodness.

 

“Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"

 

"No, on the contrary..."

 

"So you want to tell me something bad about my student, although you are not sure it is true."

 

The man was shocked and embarrassed.

 

"You may still pass the third filter though," continued Socrates, "The filter of Usefulness.

 

"Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful?"

 

"No, not really."

 

"Well, if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

 

The friend felt defeated and ashamed.

 

This is why Socrates was considered a great philosopher and was held in such high esteem.

 

Now the ball is in your hands.

 

Work out how you can use this Triple Filter system.

 

• In your business?

 With your workers?

 With clients?

 With suppliers?

 With friends?

 

I'd be happy to hear via your responses below, what you think about the three filters and how you are going to apply them in your business.

 

With love,

 

Meir Ezra



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