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Thales of Miletus changed the world

Wise leaders have certain leadership skills that transcend the everyday requirements of a job, including their approach to decision-making. Offcourse, they do not make one-sided decisions; instead, they are affected by the varying perceptions of their team as well as those outside the company. Their decisions are informed through their personal experience and the experience of others, and also take into account what is good not only for the company but also for society as a whole. Wise leaders model and encourage free thinking and risk-taking because they believe testing theories and arguing outcomes help cultivate wisdom for all involved. Another way they aim to maximize the potential of others is by pushing them far enough so they’re just over their personal threshold of being uncomfortable.

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Thales of Miletus (c. 624 BCE – c. 546 BCE) was an ancient (pre-Soctratic) Greek philosopher who is often considered the first philosopher and the father of Western philosophy. His approach to philosophical questions of course cannot compare to modern or even later Greek philosophers, however, he is the first known person to use natural explanations for natural phenomena rather than turning to supernatural world and his example was followed by other Greek thinkers who would give rise to philosophy both as a discipline and science. In addition to being viewed as the beginner of Western philosophy, Thales of Miletus is also the first to define general principles and develop hypotheses. He is therefore sometimes also referred to as the “father of science” although this epithet is usually used in reference to Democritus, another prominent ancient Greek philosopher who formulated the atomic theory that states that all matter is composed of particles called atoms.

 

“The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself”.

Thales of Miletus

“The past is certain, the future obscure”.

Thales of Miletus

“Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it”.

Thales of Miletus

“Intellect is the swiftest of things, for it runs through everything”.

Thales of Miletus

“Necessity is the strongest of things, for it rules everything”.

Thales of Miletus

“Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still”.

Thales of Miletus

“I will be sufficiently rewarded if when telling it to others you will not claim the discovery as your own, but will say it was mine”.

Thales of Miletus

“Who is happy? This is a person, who has a healthy body, is dowered with peace of mind and cultivates his talents”.

Thales of Miletus

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