As the years of my life have gone by, I have to come accept, and more importantly, believe that there are natural laws that exist in the universe. While I cannot explain with absolute accuracy the origin of these laws, what I can explain is that in its simplest form, our belief in something bigger than ourselves is the foundation for which these laws continue to exist beyond the average life of man.
Once the words of our founding forefathers, today, “We the People” has taken on a completely different meaning in my life. In lieu of the recent “Occupy” activities that have been occurring, it really begins to showcase how powerful people, when united around a collective effort, can actually be.
While some of these activities were much before my time, including the Berkeley “sit ins” and equal rights marches for African Americans, it laid the foundation for what we are witnessing today – not just in America, but also all over the world. Ironically, it never surprises me how history has a way of repeating itself!
To you, Mr, Jobs – we salute you. You have been an inspiration to us all.
“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
I was introduced to the “Law of the Process” by John Maxwell – respected management and leadership guru through his book (which I highly recommend for anyone interested in this subject matter), the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Of the many valuable lessons contained within the book, one of the most important in my opinion is, in fact, the Law of the Process.
With reference to the book, it places the law strictly in the context of leadership. However, to extrapolate the meaning behind the law – you’ll understand that it’s widely applicable to many facets of life.
it is inevitable that throughout the course of our lives, we will find ourselves in situations that potentially started out small, but through poor decision making, ends up becoming a much bigger issue. In essence – we basically dig ourselves into a hole.
So, the next time you find yourself in a hole – STOP DIGGING!
Innovation, whether most people think about it or not, is a key component to business. It can not only lay the (new) foundation for which your business will be built upon, it can also re-energize your existing business and take it to new levels!
Apple, as an example, which traditionally was a hardware/software company, re-innovated the entire music industry around the launch of its new product – the iPOD. Not only did the iPOD become a cultural phenomenon, it became the foundation for innovation within the company towards other products like the iPhone, iPad, and more. At $356/share for Apple stock – it’s clear that innovation is a key ingredient to the company’s success.
So let’s get started – referencing the airplane images provided in this post, I’d like for you to answer the following questions. And, for the record, they are not trick questions.
First, how high do you think the commercial airliner is flying? Answer = Very high.
Second, how high do you think the combat plane is flying? Answer = Not high at all. In fact, it’s very low near the ground.
Let these images resonate with you for a bit because in a moment, I’m going to illustrate to you one of the most common communication mistakes people make… specifically at the office, where the impact of the mistake, could prove detrimental.
Businesses are living, breathing entities. In fact, they are not that much different than the human body. Like the body, businesses have core functions (e.g. the equivalent of the “heart”) and they have supporting functions (e.g. the equivalent of “arms and legs”). Now, in the event of a negative incident, (e.g. an accident), the body’s focus immediately shifts from “business as usual” to “preservation mode” and it does so by harvesting a majority of the blood from other parts of the body to core functions so to ensure they remain active and functioning – even at the expense of its supporting functions. Why? Because the body knows that if it can’t keep its core functions operating, it’s a matter of time before death is its only option.