The Unreasonable Man


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard Shaw

I brought up the dilemma I had on stubbornness versus confidence with one of my professors during my psychology course.

He drew on the board a spectrum. On one end is Indecisiveness. On the other end is Stubborness. In between are: confidence, persistence, determination…

His perspective is that, if we have a scale in our head, we could decide for ourselves whether we were confident of our new and perhaps “crazy” ideas (crazy to everyone else), or purely stubborn.

I thought the stars were aligning, for the night before I had written the previous post and entitled it in the very same words: Stubbornness versus Confidence.

Then, the professor pointed me to this quote from Shaw, who incidentally is one of my favourite authors.

Then he left me with one more inspiration, “you could thank people for their feedback, remain firm in the direction you want to go, but set yourself a time limit to try out…”

I asked the class to help me out for a trial. A few people were very supportive and offered their time and brains.

So that’s what I will do at some point.

I am an unreasonable woman.

Be me.




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about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.