What if I was wrong? What if you CAN microwave personal growth? I explore a plausible alter-argument put forth by a reader in this week’s #CoffeewithColm Episode 186

Well, isn’t life interesting? There I was all delighted with myself recently having crafted a piece about us not being able to microwave it, that in fact personal development required a slow cooker – and many of you agreed.

At least one didn’t! And at first I was taken aback – taken aback that is – until I read and re-read Michelle Foley’s ‘Case For The Humble Microwave’.

As mentioned recently I love it when people engage with my work and offer commentary that adds value and challenges my thinking or assumptions. Michelle’s words fit the bill perfectly.

In case you have just joined us, the original piece entitled, ‘You Can’t Microwave Personal Growth – it requires a slow cooker’ was published in June and was widely well received.

The basic premise was (is) (was?) that personal development requires work, time and patience; you don’t know what you don’t know and so to find out stuff you never knew you never knew means immersing yourself in other thought systems, whether that is through meeting people (networking) or studying (reading/listening). Even the term immersion suggests a softening, a soaking, an absorbing… over time. The Microwave approach contradicts this in that it suggests in 30 seconds I can be fully-orbed and complete – Person a la Bing!

As I say, I was delighted with it.

Then along comes Michelle and, in the spirit of (as Pocahantas says) “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew” she proposed a point of view I hadn’t considered. I’m doing so now, with her blessing and your attention hopefully.

Michelle wrote;

“I read your blog post you can’t microwave personal development and I’ve found myself wanting to make the case for the humble microwave.

What strikes me is that it is the only method of cooking that works from the inside out causing the molecules in the food to resonate and complete the cooking process from within and using what is already there. The other methods convection conduction and radiation expose the food to the heat source and the heat slowly radiates down though with enough intervention through cooking or turning it will cook relatively evenly throughout but there is usually a hardening of the edges or even signs of burns before the core is fully ready this also brings me to the fact that sometimes the food can give the appearance of being ready while still being raw at it’s centre.

In terms of self development I am of the miyamoto musashi school of thought “there is nothing outside of yourself that can enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is inside you. Seek nothing outside of yourself So I would like to make the case that we should get out of the frying pan and into the microwave. If self development was food in the microwave the person is changing and developing from the inside out- their edges do not have to burn or harden to show they’re ready and a lesser known fact about microwaves is that food actually retains more nutritional value through this cooking method.

So let’s not overlook the humble microwave in fact lets learn from it. Leaders need to ensure that they set the correct wattage so that people begin to resonate with their ideas and develop from within because I think the important thing is that it should be possible to allow people to develop without being scarred or marked by the process or losing their inherent goodness aka their nutritional value!

Maybe this has been food for thought or maybe you’ll think it’s a half baked idea!”

To find out my responses to Michelle’s piece, watch the six-minute video, listen to the six-minute podcast, or read on below…

Michelle: What strikes me is that it is the only method of cooking that works from the inside out causing the molecules in the food to resonate and complete the cooking process from within and using what is already there.

Colm: I like this. I have always held the belief that success is an inside job – your business (or career) can never outgrow you – for your business or career to grow, you must grow first. Richard Branson is quoted as saying “People think I’m happy because I am successful. The truth is, I am successful because I’m happy.” You and I and our readers grow from the inside out and the Universe uses what is already there. So on this point, Michelle you may have something. Nice one.

Michelle: The other methods convection conduction and radiation expose the food to the heat source and the heat slowly radiates down though with enough intervention through cooking or turning it will cook relatively evenly throughout but there is usually a hardening of the edges or even signs of burns before the core is fully ready this also brings me to the fact that sometimes the food can give the appearance of being ready while still being raw at it’s centre.

Colm: This is interesting. Michelle’s point is well made and we have all had experiences to back up her words, burnt, crusty or indeed raw food. re the Microwave, even though the cooking process works from the inside out, there is still an external energy source required to begin the process, so perhaps on this one Michelle, we’ll go 50:50? Another point is food looking cooked and yet remaining raw; I liken this to the person who slaps on the veneer of success, looks successful, has all the lingo, but underneath the surface there isn’t a lot going on.

Michelle: In terms of self development I am of the miyamoto musashi school of thought “there is nothing outside of yourself that can enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker or smarter. Everything is inside you. Seek nothing outside of yourself So I would like to make the case that we should get out of the frying pan and into the microwave. If self development was food in the microwave the person is changing and developing from the inside out- their edges do not have to burn or harden to show they’re ready and a lesser known fact about microwaves is that food actually retains more nutritional value through this cooking method.

Colm: I’m unfamiliar with the miyamoto musashi school of thought but in a funny sort of way, the fact that we are talking about a.n.other school of thought, as in outside of ourselves,is a bit of a contradiction in terms at one level. That said, and here we go back to Pocahantas, “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew” I am happy to learn stuff I never knew I never knew, stuff that at one point Michelle I assume also never knew until she knew it, and as soon as she knows it, she knows it – if you know what I mean… (as do you and I, and so the circle widens!) Thank you Michelle.

Michelle: So let’s not overlook the humble microwave in fact lets learn from it. Leaders need to ensure that they set the correct wattage so that people begin to resonate with their ideas and develop from within because I think the important thing is that it should be possible to allow people to develop without being scarred or marked by the process or losing their inherent goodness aka their nutritional value!

Colm: Love the wattage analogy. No doubt people follow leaders they resonate with and are turned off by other leaders (with other followers) with whom they don’t. And I get the scarring and marking idea, very good. And Michelle and I are in full agreement on people not losing their inherent goodness, aka their nutritional value, in any process of personal development.

Michelle: Maybe this has been food for thought or maybe you’ll think it’s a half baked idea!

Colm: Frankly, I think it is brilliant! Food for thought for sure.

What do you think? Answer A, B or C in the comments below:

A) Microwave approach is best for personal development

B) Slow Cooker approach is best for personal development

C) Combination approach is best for personal development

Thank you Michelle Foley.

And thank you, dear reader for joining us as we think out loud over coffee.

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Yours truly,

Colm

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