Self-Realisation, Uncategorized

The exaggeration of small differences without a difference

“What should we do with all the left-handed people?”

“There are far too many people in this organization who wear glasses. It’s hurting our ability to compete.”

Here’s a simple trick: Every time you consider identifying a group to exclude, overlook or fear, every time you consider naming your football team after an ethnic or cultural group, or wonder about how a group makes you feel…

Substitute a label or perhaps a slur that’s been used against a group you belong to instead.

It sounds ridiculous when you say that out loud, doesn’t it?

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Are you day trading?

The volatility of bitcoin turns the people who own it into addicts. At any given moment, it’s up $100 or down a thousand.

When it’s up, you think you’re brilliant, that you somehow had something to do with it.

And when it’s down, the world is about to implode.

Most people don’t day trade bitcoin, but all of us day trade something. We’re hooked into something volatile, easily measured and emotional. We overdo our response to news, good or bad, and let it distract us from the long-term job of living a useful life.

Your SEO results, your Facebook likes, the look on your boss’s face when she gets back from a meeting–all of these things are rife with opportunities for day trading.

It’ll be volatile with or without your help. Better to set it aside and get back to the real work of making a difference instead.

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Self-Realisation

Three ways to add value

Tasks, decisions, and initiation…

Doing, choosing, and starting…

Each of the three adds value, but one is more prized than the others.

Tasks are set up for you. Incoming. You use skill and effort to knock em down one at a time and move to the next one.

Decisions often overlap with tasks. There are alternatives, and you use knowledge and judgment to pick the best one.

And initiation is what happens when you start something out of nothing, break the pattern, launch the new thing and take a leap.

When we think about humans who have made change happen, institutions who have made a difference, cultural shifts that have mattered, we must begin with initiation.

What value-add did you spend yesterday engaged in? How about tomorrow?

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Self-Realisation

The right effort of Generosity

Don’t expect much from a drowning man. He’s not going to offer you a candy bar or ask how your day was.

He’s too busy not drowning.

Generosity takes effort.

It requires the space to take your mind off your own problems long enough to see someone else’s.

It requires the confidence to share when a big part of you wants to hoard.

And it requires the emotional labor of empathy.

Generosity begins by trusting ourselves enough to know that we’re not actually drowning.

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Self-Realisation

Compliance is quite different from contribution

Organized bureaucracies thrive on compliance. It makes it easier to tell people what to do.

But contribution is the only way that tribes thrive, the best way to make change happen and the essence of being part of a community.

It’s a shame that we spend so much time teaching our children (and our employees) to comply. Far better to seek out contribution instead.

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Self-Realisation

Special orders don’t upset us

You ask the waiter to bring you the mackerel, but without the teriyaki glaze. He says, “the menu says no substitutions, I’m sorry.”

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with running an establishment around the idea that it is what it is, here it is, you can have it if you want to buy it.

You ask the waiter to bring you the mackerel, but without the teriyaki glaze. He says, “Certainly. Is there anything else I can offer to make it even more to your liking?”

Again, that’s a fine strategy. It recognizes that eating out is a choice, and that this establishment is in the business of treating different people differently.

Do you know what’s not okay? “Well, we don’t like to do this, but just this one time, I’ll ask the chef, but I hope it’s the only thing you want changed.”

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Self-Realisation, Uncategorized

How to talk about your project

Not in a marketing sense, but strategically, to yourself, your partners, your coaches, your investors:

What is it for? When someone hires your product or service, what are they hiring it to do?

Who (or what) are you trying to change by doing this work? From what to what?

How will you know if it’s working?

What does it remind me of? Are there parallels, similar projects, things like this that have come before?

What’s the difficult part?

How much of your time and focus are you spending on the difficult part?

What part that isn’t under your control has to happen for this to work? (Do you need to be lucky?)

How much (time and money) is it going to take to find out if you’ve got a shot at this working out?

What assets do you already own that you’ll be able to leverage?

What assets do you need to acquire?

After the project launches, what new assets will you now own?

From which people will you need help? Do they have a track record of helping people like you?

Is it worth it?

Successful project organizers are delighted to engage in a conversation about all of these questions. If you’re hiding from them, it’s time to find out why.

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