Don’t Compare Eggs to Trains!

Many times we have to support an idea, but our conversation partner comes with arguments that are irrelevant for the discussion that is taking place, thus ending to compare eggs to trains.

In theory, you can compare one car to another because they both have four wheels and take you from A to G. Practically, there are so many variables that even comparing same class vehicles becomes debatable.


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The same thing happens in the office:

  • “If I stay up to 7 at the office, you can also do it” WTFunk!?!
  • The strategy that was so successful in the UK will work just as well in Madagascar;
  • It’s the same thing to win a small or a large customer;
  • Why is it that hard to do it? Look how easy it is for me.

If you don’t want to compare eggs to trains, you need to consider the following:

  • Don’t compare one person to the other;
  • Two things are comparable if they have a minimum of conjoint elements;
  • Don’t pick only the parts you are comfortable with;
  • Don’t compare different seasons of the year. For example, the ice cream sales of February compared to July. You can compare though with the sales from February last year;
  • Don’t compare different products. No matter how tempting is to compare a car to a motorcycle, the comparison is not relevant;
  • Don’t compare the life (work) experience of two different persons;
  • Don’t compare professional backgrounds;
  • Use the same measuring unit;
  • Don’t associate things that have nothing in common, to avoid the situation of a vegetarian who got the swine fever…

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Anonymous

If you can’t help yourself and really want to compare things, even eggs to trains visit Diffen.

Good luck succeeding

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