June 4

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Following Authority Blindly

As humans, we're used to following authority figures. And that's important. It keeps things from falling into chaos.

But. 

Sometimes we're so used to following instructions, we do so blindly. Either on autopilot, or because we're afraid to challenge the authority.

An example.

There was a physician who ordered ear drops to be administered to a patient suffering from pain and infection. But instead of writing the instructions out, he used shorthand that read...

Place drops in R ear.

You can probably guess what happened.

And that's exactly what happened.

The duty nurse administered ear droplets in the patient's anus.

Question authority when something doesn't seem right. Do it often. Teach your kids to do it.

Because you never know when disaster may strike.

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I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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