Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

“Great minds think alike.” – Greek Proverb

This is said when someone discovers that someone else had the same idea. But it struck me as wrong.

Great minds don’t think alike. I later found I was not the only one who thought so.

No, great minds don’t think alike. Great minds see what everybody else sees, but thinks something different.

But maybe this isn’t quite right either. They don’t see what everyone else sees. They are much more careful in their observations. They see details that others don’t. Plus they think outside the boxes.

So great minds think differently because they see what everybody else misses. Perspective and insight work together to give them a deeper and clearer vision.

By the way, the original saying is as follows: “Great minds think alike, though fools seldom differ.” Which suggests that the people that came to the same conclusion aren’t so smart after all.

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Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.