Dangerous Assumptions (Read time 0:41)   — Assuming that others know what they're doing, because they've been doing it a long time. — Assuming that when people say "ok," that means they “got it.” — Assuming that no one knows the real you. — Assuming that when others finally understand what you’re trying to say they will side with you. — Assuming that since a lot of people like your work, there’s no need for them to subscribe or “opt in” to your world. — Assuming that a representative from a big company will discover you, or buy you out some day. — Assuming that as soon as you make your first million, it will all start working out. — Assuming that the tech train will eventually slow down, just long enough for you to catch up. — Assuming that as soon as you get out of the situation you’re in, you’ll finally be free, and that’s when it will all start working out. — Assuming that since you’ve been doing this for so long, odds are you won’t fail. —  Assuming that you have to “break in” to showbiz. — Assuming that “that's just the way it is.” — Assuming that the Social Networking fad will eventually fade away. — Assuming that if you work real hard someday you’ll make it. (Tip: try working real smart). — Assuming that when you wake up in the morning and look around your world, that the room you’re in, the town you’re in, the country you’re in, the culture you’re in, the career you’ve chosen and the society that you're a member of is basically fixed in stone.What did I miss?
J Michael Dolan

Dangerous Assumptions (Read time 0:41)

  — Assuming that others know what they're doing, because they've been doing it a long time.

— Assuming that when people say "ok," that means they “got it.”

— Assuming that no one knows the real you.

— Assuming that when others finally understand what you’re trying to say they will side with you.

— Assuming that since a lot of people like your work, there’s no need for them to subscribe or “opt in” to your world.

— Assuming that a representative from a big company will discover you, or buy you out some day.

— Assuming that as soon as you make your first million, it will all start working out.

— Assuming that the tech train will eventually slow down, just long enough for you to catch up.

— Assuming that as soon as you get out of the situation you’re in, you’ll finally be free, and that’s when it will all start working out.

— Assuming that since you’ve been doing this for so long, odds are you won’t fail.

—  Assuming that you have to “break in” to showbiz.

— Assuming that “that's just the way it is.”

— Assuming that the Social Networking fad will eventually fade away.

— Assuming that if you work real hard someday you’ll make it. (Tip: try working real smart).

— Assuming that when you wake up in the morning and look around your world, that the room you’re in, the town you’re in, the country you’re in, the culture you’re in, the career you’ve chosen and the society that you're a member of is basically fixed in stone.

What did I miss?


COMMENTS


Posted By Luigi Cappel
Assumptions
I love your blogs Michael. I'm linking to this from a blog I'm writing at the moment, mentioning the 'reading time' feature you have in all your titles, which is something I really appreciate. Back to the topic, I used to visit Japan on business at leas 4 times a year. And to of the most common things people say are "hai" or yes, or "so so so" which sort of means OK. Neither of them means they actually understand a word you said. A major trap for beginners who find the business relationship isn't working.


Posted By Bjorn
Assumptions
Once I attended a songwriters workshop in Hollywood and learned the following about the word assume. I makes an ASS- out of -U- and -ME.


Posted By randy
Even more assumptions
Assuming that when someone seems like they really know what they are talking about, may be a very bad assumption! (not in reference to anyone in particular here -- just a warning to always be on guard!).


Posted By Valerie
Missed Assumptions . . .
Assuming that just because you have talent (maybe even lots of it) that, that will guarantee you'll "make it". Assuming that just because people know what to do that they'll do it. Assuming that if someone is paid enough money, they will care about, and take pride, in their performance of the job that they are being paid to do. Assuming that having a degree will insure success and/or financial security. Assuming that "If I had more money, time, stuff,etc. I would be happy." Reality is: You won't be happy with more of anything until you're happy with what you've have. Assuming that everything negative or stressful going on in one's life is someone else's fault.


Posted By Courtney
Ok is not ok!
I'm 34 and just recently figured out #2 ("ok" does not mean "got it"). It's completely changed my interactions with some people who are frequent "ok-ers" but rarely doing (or wanting me to do) what they said was ok. I'm learning to rephrase my requests and refusing to take ok for an answer, because it isn't!


Posted By Lyndah Malloy-Glover
Dangerious Assumptions
Fantastic ... great information and words to live with and by. Informative and insightful list of things we don't think about that influence what we do and what we become or not become. Thanks for this cause-to-pause


Posted By Rachel
And how it burns....
Hi Michael) I don't know about many things and it does seem everything can change on me , in a day...except this burning desire I can not be rid of. Burden or blessing?? Who is to say, except that time will teach me it's lessons, and I will be true to what ever my calling in life is. Love is a powerful force.


Posted By Tony De La Rosa
Worthy of framing
Well said, this deserves a place on the wall! I like how the last one sums up so much...and I'll go out on a limb and add that (pertaining to this list) we can't assume that everybody will 'get it'


Posted By Rich PULIN
Assumptions
I will address 'assumptions' thusly: Assuming is mainly a 'rookie' thing to do.. Many 'rookies' are naive as they do not yet have an 'experience base' from which to draw knowledge from! To assume indicates that the assumer had no alternative other than to decide that something is a certain way, when nothing could be further from the truth! With years of experience in music, the business, I don't assume ANYTHING! Almost EVERYTHING is researchable! After all these years, researching is still fun and adventuresome! The internet is, from an educational perspective, a wonderful tool! In most cases, the internet allows us to almost never have to assume anything! To improve at not assuming, eliminate the phrase I assume!


Posted By Russall

After self-examination, I would add this one: Assuming that if I procrastinate in this one particular thing, I can always pick it up tomorrow....and then another tomorrow...And then another tomorrow...and it won’t matter. BADASSumption!


Posted By Clarise
More Assumptions
Assuming that if I don’t do it now I won’t do it. Assuming that if I don’t do it, no one will. Assuming that even if everyone is against the idea, I must push it forward. Assuming that I was born at this time so I could do this.


Posted By J.G.
Assumptions
I just made a sign to study daily, “What false assumption am I operating under?” I will examine this on a continuing basis. And especially before making decisions.

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• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)