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Month: January 2021

Systems are generous.

Building systems that work is a generous act.

If you care enough about the impact you are seeking to make, then it’s worthwhile to create, test and crystallise systems.

Systems make our world reliable, simple and sensible.

Not again!

Cross-checking challenges your status quo.

It seems unnecessary, boring and wasteful. (How could I, of all be wrong?)

Instead of asking yourself where you went wrong, what if you questioned: Is this my best work?

This shifts the tension in your favour, cross-checking transforms from a chore to a generous act.

Go, make some Galata.

Kiss some frogs?

When at an event, conference or networking lunch you face a dilemma:

Do you connect with multiple people at a superficial level because of limited time, distractions and delicacies or do you go deep in an interaction with one or two individuals?

It turns out there’s a third approach.

What if, you network widely at the next conference by interacting with multiple people, exchanging small talk, handles and maybe a fun tidbit.

And once you get back to your office, you wear that picky hat and follow up with the pigheaded discipline to organize deep, laser-focused interactions.

Remember: You can’t find a prince without kissing some frogs.

Go broad at events and follow up with pigheaded discipline to go deep.

Intellectual blunder.

I could download any book, workshop or movie for free in a matter of minutes through the dark web.

This was my prized secret power.

Until this afternoon.

When listening to this podcast, a long-held dilemma was shattered.

Why couldn’t I apply what I learnt and was learning? Why did my wisdom fail to show up when I needed it the most?

In retrospect, most of the ebooks that I had read (1500+), digital courses that I streamed, documentaries that I had pirated to my machine were worthless to me!

I have thousands of pages of copiously prepared mindmaps lying around unattended.

Yet, little was digested. Most of the learnings were forgotten.

It hit me like a bolt today and here’s why: Because I never paid for them!

In essence, I never discerned that what I was doing was digital theft.

The circle of value was never complete. Neither did the author of the material receive monetary value, though I can implement it and create value for others, I couldn’t capture any resulting value (money, in my case).

With piracy everyone suffers. You and I are better off paying money and then paying attention.