A book review (Apple News) on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers (coming out on Sept. 10). Gladwell explains why we don’t spot lies well, is because we’ve a default to truth. Our operating assumption is that the opal we are dealing with are honest.
I thought about many people would not contradict themselves too, keeping on to believe a lie, and FOMO, fear of missing out.
Recently I’ve just listened to the six-episode podcast The Drop Out, on the famous Stanford drop out Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos. I remembered reading about her and event blog here in 2014, was impressed with her board, which was staffed with who’s who, from Henry Kissinger and on down. How did a girl get iii contact with these powerful men?
“George Shultz,” Holmes said. An alumni of the Secretary of State of the United States.
George (1920-) has a grandson, Tyler who met Elizabeth at his grandfather’s home, which is on Stanford campus. He was so taken with her, he worked for her. However, when he found the things were fishy he resigned and became the whistleblower. This process was long, painful and costly, with his future and reputation at stake. His grandfather, defended Elizabeth. His parents spent $500,000 on legal bills.
The point I’m making is, people (as smart as capable as George Shultz), often times, don’t like to be proven wrong. And they often rely on the assumption that someone they trust, trusted a company or a person, therefore, they, by default, put their trust in this company or this person.
By the way, Holmes is posed till the end, even in denying “I don’t know…” or “I’m not sure … ” more than 600 times …