“It just took you your whole life to get to this” & “I knew it” - Gideon Grobler
Competence - You don’t know that you know; you can do it without thinking about it, the correct automated response like a well-tuned racing driver reacting and acting with a blink of a moment, anticipating and making the relevant moves before its known.
Gut feel (the importance) - It should be a part of your very being, again having a full understanding and putting in the hours creates a good gut feel; the tacit knowledge that takes years to develop and the only way to develop is to experience (practice takes the form of simulated experience). To practice is to deliberately prepare for what could happen, and practising to the point that it becomes a natural response rather than a thought-out response which takes time; currently, time matters.
Making sense of the chaos - A key feature of us humans is to make sense of the random chaos that befalls us; the ability to structure chaos into something usable or understandable.
Competence + Gut Feel + Making sense of the chaos is driving creative thinking by crossing the lines, bending and sometimes breaking the rules to make sense of the chaos into a new and meaningful outcome.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes” - Scott Adams
t takes time to get to moments of genius - However long it takes is how long it will take; how many experiments and putting yourself out there is how much it's going to take.
Know when something is good enough, know when to stop; you need to share or use what you have created to be mindful and attentive to the responses. The wisdom of crowds - the wisdom of crowds are super underrated and underused; why would you not get free-consulting from the crowd around you; people love giving their opinion, make them feel important, relevant and appreciated. Use the crowd.
Crossing the lines between disciplines and experiences - Is an “easy” way to think of new and wonderful things, to intertwine different disciplines and experiences to generate innovation and new creative things; Connecting differences to create value and a new perspective. Multiple hobbies and interests cultivating diversity and understanding.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” - Jim Rohn
Ideas mean nothing without action - Everyone has had a great idea at some stage, some more than others; but all the ideas in the world mean nothing without implementation. Action obliterates thoughts any time of the day.
The growth of ideas on ideas and the ability to leverage technology to drive out waste and inefficiency. Mix with completely different people to broaden your general knowledge and light-up the things that you do not know.
Steal like an artist - Who does it best? What makes them that good and interesting? You should always give credit where credit is due, but you should learn from the best in the world to raise your game.
“Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries” - Benjamin Franklin
You need to get through the shit to get to the great stuff, or as they would say “know when to pivot”.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” - Winston Churchill
Taking a long view on your life trajectory, with a clear vision of the outcome navigating through a sea of obstacles, opportunities, distractions, happiness and amazement.
Practice AND Practice for when it really matters; What we have learned - Mindfulness and to “go for it”. For me “KEEP IT MESSY”; cultivate hunches, growing your gut feel; Borrow, recycle, reinvent to influence what you do, think, say, like
Further thinking and reading…