Get out of that pickle barrel!

According to Daniel Kahneman

look at yourself as a point in the distribution

You may be a superhuman outlier, but don’t count on it.

According to me

We’re herd animals, and a psychological force of gravity pulls us into orbit around the norms of our current social network.

According to Philip Zimbardo

It’s not the bad apples, it’s the bad barrels that corrupt good people.


You can’t be a sweet cucumber in a vinegar barrel.

(Of course, you can’t even be a decent pickle in a vinegar barrel. But I digress.)

Maybe it’s not a coincidence that high officials in the US used to refer to the CIA as “the pickle factory“.

The point is, when you notice that the system or your social network are a corrupting influence on the people around you, better play it safe and move on before you catch the same disease.

According to Magic Johnson

If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them. Negative people can sap your energy so fast, and they can take your dreams from you, too.

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1 Comment

  1. According to Trent Hamm

    The first surprise about change is that the problem usually isn’t people, it’s the situation. If you want change, you’ve got to change the situation a bit.


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