NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It's been a surreal last few days.I'm pleased to note that I have accepted a full-time staff position, official Nov. 1, as TheStreet's Director of Social Media. I will continue my writing and television/video work with the added responsibility of running TheStreet's social feeds. So, please follow or like us on Twitter, Google + and Facebook. Over two days last week, I not only got to work on Wall Street and enjoy Manhattan's urban energy, I received a tour of the New York Stock Exchange from Jill Malandrino of TheStreet's OptionProfits premium service. Good times. But I never take them for granted. Even during the good times, you've got to remember, this too shall pass, because it will. The story I saw on my way home, however, gave me serious beer muscles. Thank you to the only CEO who can hold former Apple ( AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs's jock strap -- Jeff Bezos from Amazon.com ( AMZN).
What Happened?Magic. That's what happened. Bezos recently spoke to a Web app company, 37signals, in Chicago. After his talk, he took questions from employees. Bezos and I must be on the same mission. From the 37signals blog:
The stock market and politics are two areas that have an annoying macho obsession with "flip-flopping." It comes as no surprise that men dominate both areas. Thankfully, a new wave of thinkers -- open, willing and able to change -- favor critical thought over rigidity and an insistence on pointing out who was "right" and who was "wrong" every other fleeting day. It's downright eerie to compare Bezos's sentiment with thoughts I have been developing for some time now, most recently in response to a couple of article comments from last week. Even if it's only via this perverse cyber relationship he doesn't even know exists, I am happy to be one with Bezosian thought. With the man gone, it's the closest thing we have to Jobsian bits of wisdom. In fact, I'm beginning to wonder if Bezos and Jobs belong in the same category. But that's a topic best assigned to another time.
Bezossaid people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn't think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It's perfectly healthy -- encouraged, even -- to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.
He's observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they'd already solved. They're open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.