An investor is nothing without his entrepreneurs.
An entrepreneur is nothing without his employees.
A company is nothing without its customers.
An infant is nothing without his parents.
An athlete playing a team sport is nothing without his teammates.
And an athlete competing individually is nothing without his trainer.
Maybe nothing is an extreme statement, but the assessments are directionally correct. We each need other people to be happy and successful.
Recognizing and empathizing with the people without whom we wouldn’t be who or where we are is a sign of strength.
Last weekend, I wrote about how studying math helps us identify patterns which are an important contributor to successful investing.
As Roger Antonsen, a mathematician at the University of Oslo, puts forth in this TED talk, the study of math also helps us realize that the same pattern can be expressed in different ways. So, depending on the perspective you take, the same pattern can also be understood in different ways.
If this is the case, then to truly understand something, we need to be able to see it from different perspectives. And seeing something from a different perspective that belongs to someone else is empathy. In other words, to truly understand something, we need to be able to empathize.
I couldn’t embed the video in this post, but you can watch it in full at this link.