Active Thinking Topic 10 - Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face [Mike Tyson]

Monday 19 July 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Venue: Cafe Brunelli, 187 Rundle St · Adelaide (You must buy a drink or something. We are 'renting' the space for 2 hours)

About Focus Questions: a) Please read them before you come to the meetup. Think about them so you have more than "instant opinions" to offer. b) Feel free to add more focus questions. c) THE FOCUS QUESTIONS ARE JUST A MENU TO CHOOSE FROM. From this menu we can discuss whatever seems interesting. d) Focus questions are not intended to push one viewpoint! You can adopt any position you wish. We actually like friendly disagreement - it can lead to deeper understanding

Focus Questions

1. When did you last feel that nothing could stop you? What punched you in the face? How do you learn to roll with the punches?

2. Is overconfidence just dumb, or can it be a workable survival plan? Examples?

3. Children grow up in all kinds of families. Some are encouraged and rewarded. Some are gaslighted. Some are neglected. Some are shouted at, while some get hugs and kisses. Some do chores and some are spoiled. How well do all these various kinds of childhood experience predict how a young adult will react when they are finally "punched in the face" by tough adult experiences?

4. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are one or two meals away from starvation. Tens of millions of Americans are one personal health crises away from bankruptcy (it is the leading US reason for bankruptcy). Most of them have no workable plan to escape this situation. Why? Australians are much more insulated from personal ruin. Is this a good thing?

5. There is an argument that when a country has lived in peace and (relative) prosperity for one or several generations, then the people in it become soft, become unwilling to endure challenge or hardship, lose initiative, and become distracted by trivia. What are your feelings about this argument? Does it have any relevance to Australia?

6. There are three common ways individuals and organizations approach life: a) have no plans; b) have short & long term plans; c) have short & long term plans + a Plan B. When have you had a Plan B in the past? Plan B for the future?

7. How important is it for organizations and governments to have a Plan B? What is the evidence? When have such plans failed to be implemented (e.g. think of Covid). ?

8. Do you think that strategy games like chess, or bridge, or professionally coached sports can be useful training for careers and business, and the military. what is the evidence?

9. What is your plan for fighting dictators (in the home, your workplace, the nation)?

10. "Courage is grace under pressure" [Ernest Hemingway]. What do you think this means? Is it a standard that you can meet? Where has an absence of grace under pressure led to failure or catastrophe?

Extra Reading

Rachel Clun (July 1, 2021) "Why Scott Morrison brought in the army to ‘wargame’ the pandemic response". Brisbane Times @ 

Simon Mwanzia (December 10, 2020) "Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face" Linked-in @  [Quote: Mike Tyson explained in an article back in November 9, 2012, "People were asking me [before a fight], 'What’s going to happen?,' " Tyson said. "They were talking about his style. 'He's going to give you a lot of lateral movement. He's going to move, he's going to dance. He's going to do this, do that.' I said, "Everybody has a plan until they get hit. Then, like a rat, they stop in fear and freeze.' " It's how you react to that adversity that defines you, not the adversity itself".]


 Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face (c) Thor May 2021 

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