- A Paradigm Shift is when a significant change happens - usually from one fundamental view to a different view. In most cases, some type of major discontinuity occurs as well.
Steven Covey gives the example of sitting in a subway train watching some kids roam around the car annoying passengers, snatching away newspapers, etc. With what he considered great tolerance and restraint, he asked the father to do something.
- I have used the real world example of a paradigm shift as the realization that that must have followed when people first learned that the day/night cycle wasn't because Sol made a journey around the world each day but the Earth was revolving about it's own axis. The essay, (that one day I'm really [I swear]going to write), Will be titled, "No-one Believes a Lie". I think that is true. Just try to believe, really believe, that the Sun goes around the Earth. You'll find it quite difficult because you know it's not true.