'Fish Don't Know They're In Water'

This quote comes from a post by Derek Sivers, although the origin appears to be from a joke where one fish asks another fish "how's the water?" The other fish replies, "what the hell is water?"

The point: it's easy to forget that what surrounds you is only normal because it's what you know. To others, those surroundings might seem pretty strange.

Sivers points to this as a cultural phenomenon, but it's also really applicable to your work environment. Worlds converge at the office, and not everyone is the same. When someone does something strange, or reacts strangely to something you do, it might simply be because you're thinking in different terms. Staying aware of the "water" you'd otherwise neglect is a good way to avoid miscommunication.

Fish don't know they're in water [Derek Sivers]


    Two fish are sitting in a tank.
    One fish says to the other ...
    "Do you know how to drive this thing?"

      I heard the fish said, "you drive, I'll use the gun."

      leave out "sitting" and you have a joke :)

    This doesn't make any sense. The fish are in the same water so the point of reference is the same. One fish is just smarter than the other as he knows he is in water, the other doesn't.

    You should change this post to say, beware of your surroundings as some others are not and this will benefit you for future promotions.


    Every fish I ever asked always knew exactly what water was.


    Two fish are swimming along
    when they bump into a concrete wall
    One fish turns to the other
    and says "Dam"

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