According to vocabulary.com, “Your perspective is the way you see something. If you think that toys corrupt children’s minds, then from your perspective a toy shop is an evil place. Perspective has a Latin root meaning “look through” or “perceive,” and all the meanings of perspective have something to do with looking.”
Most of you know that I enjoy taking photos. With a device in my hand (or close by) 24-7, the technical aspects of photography are much easier than they used to be. And while I get a lot of gratification from creating and composing a new shot, it more importantly is a reminder about the importance of perspective.
A number of years ago, I watched a video about National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones. Then, and still now in the article and video below, Dewitt talks about the importance of perspective, contextualized by photography. What has stuck with me for more than two decades, is Dewitt’s assertion that “there’s more than one right answer.” In fact, that belief has permeated every aspect of my personal and professional life.
“There’s more than one right answer” has undergirded my belief and comfort with the gray area. It has inspired me to let go of the reigns and encourage others I’ve been privileged to lead to do things their way, to try new strategies, risk failure and enjoy success.
A willingness to believe there’s more than one right answer is akin to optimism, wonder and perspective. And being open to multiple perspectives is critical to problem-solving, creativity and higher-order thinking.
Please take a moment to read the story and watch the video linked below. As you do so, I would ask that you reflect on ways Dewitt’s perspective intersects with your own. I would love to hear from you if you’re willing to share.