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“it is the time youhave wasted foryour rose thatmakes your roseso important” − Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
MECHANICS beat leadership, talent, and teamwork when itcomes to trading an organization into strength, enduranceand resilience. It’s the I N V I S I B L E ALGORITHM that connects people to theirpromises. And it’s in plain sight if you know how to look.
We fear the things – and people – that we do not understand far more than the things we do, even if the la:er are much more risky. For this reason, its not surprising that people fear technology. Its newness is confusing and no ones quite certain what to do with the promises it oﬀers.
Almost everybody has Their Thing forwhich they have high resolutionappreciation. The problem is when we want andexpect everyone in our domain to havethe same exact Thing.
CLARITY OF VISION,what youve beenlooking for from thewrong angle and notseeing at all... youlabor, you sweat to SEEwhat you could beseeing from that otherperspective.
Architecture and buildingis about HOW you getaround the obstacles thatare presented to you. That sometimesdetermines how successfulyoull be: How good areyou at going aroundobstacles?
Nowadays, more than anyother time, people are eagerfor inspired ideas that standout and are worth believing in.There’s so much disingenuousnoise in our culture than whenan idea is presented withSINCERITY and passion, it standsout and resonates.
The reviews were terrible. They didntunderstand what wewere doing. They gavethe fourth album a oneparagraph review. Theres a lot ofmaterial on that: BlackDog, When the LevyBreaks, Stairway toHeaven... one paragraph. They didnt have aclue of what was goingon. I just didnt botherreading the papers fromthat point on.
We all think that an exception is going to be madein our case and were going to live forever. Beinga human is actually arriving at the understandingthat thats not going to be. STORY is there toremind us that its just OK.
Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans canlearn and understand, without having experienced.They can THINK themselves into other people’s places.
Remain TRUE to yourselfand your philosophy.Changing in the face ofadversity will in factdiminish your credibilitywith your customers.[…] you can’t becomecredible overnight just onthe basis of hugeadvertising campaigns.[…] To create somethingexceptional, your mindsetmust be relentlesslyfocused on the smallestdetail.
This is an old problem. I suppose it comes frompeople wanting to be correct and not trustingthemselves, fearing they’ll seem like uneducatedcountry bumpkins in his day, if they told what theysaw and how it struck them. I don’t remember everbeing forced to wear those sorts of blinders when Iwas a child. Children do report what they SEE.
The complexity of the problems weface is growing bigger and bigger.And our ability to solve problems ischanging... We have 40 watts ofenergy to work with and what wereally respond to is that diﬀerencein that other person... We can be selec*vely strange to other people... Lets reach out tothe STRANGE… When we aretogether, creativity goes up.
Don’t sign on for more problems than you must. Resist thetemptation to involve yourself in other people’s zones ofexpertise and responsibility. Monitor troublesome situationsif you need to, but don’t insert yourself unless you’re runningout of time and a solution is nowhere in sight. In short, stiﬂeyour inner control freak.
I think Ive done okay. I takeresponsibility for my successes aswell as my failures. But when Ilook at my professional mistakes,Im always left with the feelingthat maybe I should have doneMORE.
The things that you BUILDin the next decade aregoing to cost people, likelymillions of people, maybea billion people dependingon the networks whereyou hitch your respectivewagons, they are going tocost a lot of people a lot oftime.
In the end, the biggest risk isnot to take any risks at all. Inscience we ﬁnd that:• The opposite of a deep TRUTH can also be true: waves can also be particles, and energy is another form of matter; two mutually exclusive things can be part of the same larger reality• Every action has a reaction• Everything is CONNECTED• Things look diﬀerent in diﬀerent reference frames• Rules change in unfamiliar terrain, often in counterintuitive ways