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Episode Info: In business and in life there are conflicts. Some of those are internal but threaten the external when we lose control. In this Tough Things First podcast, Ray Zinn explores how entrepreneurs can find a path to being open minded with conflicting with our core principals. Rob Artigo: Welcome back to another edition of The Tough Things First podcast. I’m your guest host, Rob Artigo. I’m a writer and entrepreneur in California. Hi, Ray. Ray Zinn: Hi, Rob. So good to be with you again. It’s been a while. Rob Artigo: Good to be back, of course. Core principles define us and we don’t typically, like we’re doing a podcast here, we don’t just broadcast our core principles to everyone, but if they’re really true principles, at least in my eyes, they’ll manifest themselves in many ways that other people, that everyone will see. I mean, even if we’re not telling them what our core principles are, people will notice what they are even if they can’t define them right away. Ray Zinn: Exactly. Rob Artigo: But we’re also asked to be open-minded. Ray, in your experience, are there times when being open-minded is actually challenged by conflicts with our core principles? Ray Zinn: Well, certainly. If you have a principle that you hold dear to your heart, then someone wants to bring a counter to that or maybe argue with you about that, debate you on that subject, you can get your, as they say your dander up, your hackles up, and then of course as soon as you do that, you shut your ears off. You no longer are going to be listening because you’re in a defend mode. The key is how do you maintain these very solid core principles, and even when they know that you have these core principles, and yet they’re going to want to argue and put you in a defensive mode. There’s a saying that goes, the best defense is a good offense. What you want to do of course is to make sure you don’t get into a defensive mode, because as sure as you do, you’re going to shut your mind off. Rob Artigo: Well, if we have these kinds of things come up, it’s one of those things where we want to be tolerant with the people we’re dealing with. I mean, if we come from different cultural backgrounds for example. I mean, in some cases some of these differences can be pretty vast. There’s a lot of territory to cover, but you want to be open-minded and understanding with people. But if somebody else’s core principles or their attitudes about the world come direct conflict with you, it just seems to me the question is, how can we truly be open-minded in various scenarios, whether it be business or personal scenarios when the issue at hand actually goes against a core principle and we don’t want to get bothered? Like you said, you could get your dander up. We don’t want to get our dander up, but at the same time, we don’t want to compromise who we are, right? Ray Zinn: Yeah, but the big debate right now is what is free speech? And I’m sure you’ve been follo...
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