I, The Absolute

If it bleeds, we can kill it

Posted by itheabsolute on March 12, 2005

Was watching “Predator” for the nth time.

This is what Arnold Schwarzenegger declares to his teammates when the woman under the team’s captivity tells that the team had hurt the ‘animal’ when the team fired the guns.

This line has been one of my all time favorites. There are many strategy lessons that we can learn from it.

At the time he utters these words, Schwarzenegger does not know what this animal (predator) is or looks like. But he thinks he can kill it because the animal can bleed.

Many times, we limit our thinking to what is ‘probable’, not what is ‘possible’. This line tells that if something is possible, we can do it.

I have tried to develop my thinking around this philosophy. The questions “why” and “why not” have been quintessential. Why’ this’, why not ‘that’ or why ‘that’, why not ‘this’. Since the time I have adopted this thinking, I have created opportunities to increase my portfolio at job, improve bottom line, grow my career, and develop my own personality and personal life.

My motto for the year to come: If there is a dean’s list, then I can be in it.

Post Scriptum: referred dictionary meaning of (a) can – ability; (b) probable – likely to happen; (c) possible – that might or might not happen

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