What could a group of monkeys have to do with your town? And, cold water? I hope you read this blog and see if it applies to you.
In a famous experiment, five monkeys were placed in a room with a bunch of bananas hanging from the ceiling. Beneath the bananas was a ladder. It didn’t take one of the monkeys long to figure out how to climb the ladder to get a banana. However, every time a second monkey tried to go up the ladder, all of the others were hosed down with cold water.
Eventually, whenever a monkey made a move for the ladder, the other four monkeys would physically prevent him from reaching his prize. Eventually none of the monkeys ever made a move for the bananas.
One by one the original monkeys were removed from the room and a new monkey was introduced. Each time that the new monkey in the room made a move for the ladder and bananas, the other monkeys would beat him up. After several beatings each monkey decided not to go near the ladder.
Eventually all of the five original monkeys were replaced by new monkeys. None of these new monkeys were ever sprayed with water, but none of the five new monkeys would go near the ladder or bananas.
Does this lesson apply to your town? Do you “beat up” anyone with a new idea that could assist your community to reach a higher level, until eventually no one is willing to try anything new because they know how they will be treated?
Isn’t it time to stop throwing cold water on any new idea? What have you got to lose?