Monday Motivator: Fair Is Not Always Equal

In her book, Stop Being Lonely,  Kira Asatryan tells the story of two people who both want the same lemon. Their argument becomes so heated they call in a negotiator, who cuts the lemon in two and gives a half to each person.

The first person squeezes the lemon juice into a glass of water and throws away the peel. The second person throws away the fruit so he can use the peel to make a lemon cake.

There are many lessons to this story:

  1. Don’t assume that equal is always fair or productive.
  2. It is wise to determine what people want from a negotiation, argument, or discussion before making a decision.
  3. Saying exactly what we need can often prevent things from escalating.

And if nothing else, always buy more than one lemon!


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