In the movie Revolver (2005), the character Jake Green made a profound statement, “The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look”(—Julius Caesar 75 BC). [in a later conversation]…While playing, Avi says “you know what is so elegant about this little game, Jake? No-one knows where the enemy is. He’s inside of every one of their heads. And they trust him, because they think they are him. If you try to destroy him to save them, they’ll destroy you to save him.”
Often times, people fail to question their very own thinking / philosophy.
So, question your thinking. Your thought might be the enemy hindering your own progress. If the thinking is your enemy, kill the enemy before it kills you.
I am just like a man pointing you to the sun – Dr Tisser , Cryptogamic Botanist
It took me a decade plus to thoroughly understood what the quote above meant, a rhetorical statement of a lecturer of mine. Simply put, when you have a man pointing you to the sun, he’s showing you the source of light, that you walk out of darkness and embrace your path to destiny. The man pointing you cannot fulfil your dreams, you make it happen!. Light conquers all (lux omnia vincit) so does knowledge. When you embrace the Light, you gain revelational insight and unravel things hidden or unknown.
I once told a ‘pastor’ that he needs knowledge of project management, he looked at me and said, “but I am not into construction business”. It took another 10 minutes to outline how project management could make his ministry better and effective.
You walk into a hospital and you see the nonchalant attitude of the registering officer, I say, “you need a customer service development training”. You walk into an establishment and you see the disarray and disorganization of things, “I say you need training on project management”. When a delivery or courier service fails regularly to deliver on due period, then the need for time management course. When a fashion designer doesn’t not adhere to the work defined by his clients or has added materials or pattern beyond documented design (gold plating) I say, “he or she has no understanding of scope management”. Ineffectiveness of a system is a pointer to an area for adjustment, remedy, modification and development. No knowledge loss as long as it makes your profession, product(s) or service(s) better. The exposure to industry standard/process gives the edge sooner or later.
There are courses I recommend for everybody e.g. design thinking, project management, customer care, strategic management, leadership management regardless of the office you are occupying or your designation.
We are always lacking in one area or the other, the remedy is to seek knowledge and improve our effectiveness and services to others daily.
Reading without meditation is arid, meditation without reading is erroneous ; prayer without meditation is tepid,meditation without prayer is fruitless – Guigo, the ladder of monks.
Someone complained to me that “the amount of motivational materials or lines per day could fill a century of history”. For me, the problem ain’t the lines nor the tons of “weighty” sayings nor the sayer/poster of such but the degree of action in which they were/are being carried out. Motivation is never enough. We need to renew our minds daily. We need the pill of motivation to cure our emotive inhibitors such as fear, lackadaisical approach to winning etc. To post a motivational line isn’t an offense. The situation could be, that the poster wants to be inspired by his posted lines or the poster wants others to be blessed or the poster wants to show and impress others, to show that he belongs to a higher wavelength of hope. The rule Is oft simple, ignore the noise, make use of the relevant – sounds romantic enough to keep a sane relationship with time.
THE GODDESS OF BEAUTY
Whenever I gaze into your animated eyes,
The eyes built with mildness and clemency
It charts me winding and wondering,
Wandering into the bliss of time
Whenever I look into your countenance,
The countenance flickered with smiles
I am wrapped in cloud of joy,
The thrill of heaven
Whenever I stare into your calmness,
Calmness of thy confident mind
Its demeanor is strongly equable
Whenever I observe your polished skin,
This tender and reflective skin of yours,
It reminds me of a tree thriving
In the aridity of existence
Whenever I look into your handiwork
And the duty of thy perfect fingers
Molding the artistic spell of creativity
I love and revered you
Whenever I walk beside you
Like the handbag of an Ethiopian hunter
You remind me of the gait of an eagle
The poise of a goddess,
The goddess of beauty
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old – Peter Drucker
“My mum will not knit at night”
“My Boss said the files must be kept at 45 degree angle”
“Our tribe doesn’t dance when the fire goes off ”
“When I was your age, we weren’t allowed to voice our opinions ”
From the tribal display of an antiquated society to running a company in the 21st century, there is the disputation over our cultural system(s), the acceptance of status quo, the upholding of ‘the way we are,’ the revolt and defiance to the existing institutions. The question is, who designed those systems? How effective are the systems? What is the cost of such system? Why was the system institutionalized with these evident parameters?
Time, handlers of information & experiences are the weavers of behavioral exhibitions, the very liability of our passivity; with systems, life is either regimented or adventurous, consequential or disconnected, frivolous or realistic, profitable or obligatory.
The optimal solution is to ‘root out’ unfavorable ideologies and embrace the disruptive approach. The disruptive approach gives rise to new innovation, better ways, modernity, new perspectives, shift in paradigms; we should bear the consequences to find our aspirations. Even when a system is tested, tried and trusted, there is always room for improvement.
I woke up this morning to realize that I haven’t/never checked (on) certain people’s blog/site and not ever bothered to take a peep at Bill Gates’ very own, I decided to hunt the link down.
You will find a beautiful timeline of his life and achievements on his biography link (http://www.gatesnotes.com/globalpages/bio). Check on his “improving education” link as well and read his reflection on ‘what teachers mean to me’. Can you recall the names of the great and good teachers that had had influence on your life? Gates did.
I love this page most, an overview of what he had read and what he is currently reading. See how many of these books you have fed your eyes and mind with.(http://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/TEACH). Be cognizant of the fact that he mentioned Steve Jobs’ biography written by the wry and quintessential biographer Walter Isaacson. (We all have something to learn from one anoother 🙂 . Abundance (by Peter Diamandis) is a great book. If you have never read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell rush to the store, don’t ask for the price, get one and start readin’.
Did you find Mills and Boon on gates’ reading collection? Best of luck on that.
This title is already a great advice, you don’t have to read it (work hard, be nice by Jay Matthews).
I will recommend you flip through his book too ” Business at the speed of thought”. You will find patterns helpful in the thinking mechanism of this great man. The book for me many years ago was futuristic and prompting. Oh, he didn’t pay me to do this, just thought it might be helpful to you or for someone.