The POWER of being DIFFERENT

TODAY I FELT EVERYTHING CLICK

I was on fire I knew I could achieve anything I wanted, I set my daily goal and surpassed it, that was today. Now yesterday on the other hand wasn’t like today at all, nothing seemed to stick, nobody was available goals weren’t achievable and maybe I should have just stayed in bed.

So what was different? I was the same person, it was only 24 hours prior and the day seemed to start out the same way (with a coffee). But for some reason the magic wasn’t there so I asked myself………..

HOW COULD I HAVE DONE IT BETTER

The answer of course was I couldn’t have, a moment missed is a moment missed, a chance for success doesn’t rely on the chance it relies on YOU and some days there is no sweet spot just misses. So what is my point? my point is that we are treated as though life is the same every day, as if some formula exists that allows us to achieve the same as long as we put in the same EFFORT and this my friends is a crock.

Success isn’t about about effort it isn’t about luck or for that matter about opportunity, it is in fact about YOU and you are NOT a machine you are human and as a human you have ups and downs. Sometimes these occur occasionally and sometimes they occur frequently but they never don’t occur.

So why do businesses think that you can rate people simply by looking at their effort, this has NOTHING to do with success or value and especially opportunity. Some days I can pick up the phone, meet someone on the street, get introduced to a stranger and from that obscure beginning achieve a goal with no effort at all just by simply being there. Then on other days (or weeks for that matter) nothing works and to make it worse at this point I try even harder, the result………..

THE MORE YOU DIG THE DEEPER THE HOLE

But we are all paid to do something, it is our job description, our title, our position. It doesn’t really matter what because we are still being paid on a feudal system (for our time) this might have seemed appropriate when we moved from the fields to factories but our shift from factories to offices has muddled up the equation.

And now to make matters worse we are being asked to THINK while doing our jobs. And here is the rub for when you ask people to think you have asked for the most diverse input in the world. Education is not designed to get individuals to think it is designed to get them to learn and regurgitate.

Thinking is different for every single one of us, everyone has an opinion what will or won’t work based on their knowledge or experience or even maybe just a gut feeling. I use my gut feeling all the time and like anything in life the more you use it the better you get at it. But I also use my experience and what’s even more important, other peoples experience and knowledge. So where did it……

START TO GO WRONG

Its all about time, or at least the fragmentation of time that now rules our lives. In previous times people worked to the cycles of the seasons, there was a rythm to it and our bodies relate to it naturally. Then the calendar came into being and we broke our seasons into Months and days, then the clock was introduced and and we broke our days into hours and minutes…..I guess you are getting the picture.

The faster we lived our lives the less room we had for difference, nobody want’s your opinion they just want you to do it. But now the wheel is turning and we are moving back into a space of thinking and we are NOT prepared for it. You see thinking requires space, you know “Give me time to think” I wonder who was the first person to say that and what problem they had been asked to solve. Or was it a reaction to some pushy salesperson, a gut feeling that time was being used to manipulate a decision.

Whatever the reason from that time forward people were required to be able to think FASTER, making a decision on the spot was rewarded, slow thinkers need not apply. Psychologists call this Power vs Speed and how smart you are is rated on speed, which when you think of it is crap. I would rather someone SOLVED the problem, why should how long they take matter at all.

Now just like the slow food revolution I foresee a….. SLOW THINKING REVOLUTION And this is where the POWER of being DIFFERENT will come to fruition.

You see the ability to think differently has always existed, otherwise we would have only had one car design, one aeroplane etc, there has always been a place for thinkers it was that we didn’t need lots of them just enough for commerce. But now we are all being asked to think.

And for those of you that never fitted into the clone business model, those who always felt there was another way, there is and it has arrived and your unique thought process is your greatest asset. It is time to revolutionise the way people learn and e-learning is the new world order.

And maybe when children go to school they will be taught how to be creative, how to get along with other children, how to look at different peoples point of view…….

BECAUSE THE POWER OF BEING DIFFERENT Rely’s on us ALL accepting there is no RIGHT way to do things and that just like me on a bad day, equally on a good day it might just work.

Please feel free to leave a comment..you know THINK

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22 Responses to The POWER of being DIFFERENT

  1. Guy Wollerman August 4, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Self-pontificating as usual 🙂

    • admin August 4, 2011 at 4:11 am #

      That indeed may be true, but at least I got off my arse to do it. To many people only think about doing it.

      Lovely to hear from you and thanks for reading it. You may notice your knife under knives in my blog.

      • TC April 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

        Nick you always give us good food for thought and discussion. I certainly think some of us are better to jump in and learn to swim, dare to be different and not be afraid of the ripples we make – provided your intentions are good don’t be afraid to be different – Albeit often many different people think alike 🙂

        Keep up the good work and we will catch up soon.

        TC

        • Nick April 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

          Hi Tony, “intentions are good” is a part of life / business most people drop as being to hard, bloody good point and looking forward to catching up soon.

  2. Eli August 4, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    You are absolutely right Nick. Life is a moving target, I have found that the best decisions are made not by the snap of fingers but in a course of due time. I also ‘think’ that with age, we do become better and deeper thinkers. It has lots to do with experience and maturity thus giving rise to my strong intuition or gut feeling. I think we need to continue to send the message that it’s perfectly okay to march to the beat of your own drum and be different. We all learn differently and we shouldn’t be forced to conform to a single system of thinking.

    It is, however, also unfortunate that the school systems don’t teach creativity anymore especially in the US, it’s about teaching kids what will be on the benchmark test for the sake of funding and accreditation. I do my best to encourage my children to find solutions to a problem from other angles but what I have come across is that learning to solve problems differently is not encouraged. And again, it’s about teaching test taking not creativity. These children are our future leaders….

    • admin August 4, 2011 at 4:01 am #

      Hi Eli, thanks for your informative view, if everyone felt the same we could indeed change the world. Cheers Nick

  3. Ezra August 4, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Love it Nick – on point

    • admin August 4, 2011 at 4:44 am #

      Hi Ezra,

      Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it. cheers Nick

  4. Merrin August 4, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Another great post Nick,I guess I am a bit different to the norm, instead of formal education I have self-taught myself via e-learning to create a job for myself, which even those closest to me still don’t understand what I do! I don’t mind 🙂

  5. Jillian Sullivan August 4, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Nick, right on.Here’s an interesting video clip asking for the same things – value creativity in children and support them to keep it all their lives.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga2CYYCrtNE
    Sir Ken Robinson talks about creativity and the challenges of changing education to value creativity as much as literacy.

  6. Josh August 4, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Hey Nick,

    True, true. Being shoehorned into a 9-5 schedule is effective for some but I know not every day! Also the expectation to be ‘busy’ is very ingrained and frustrating when you realise you might not be achieving much.

    I think the challenge is how do we get the best of people, and yet also the best of groups. One of the benefits of running a factory, is that at least you can control where people are for a set part of the day! Of course you can always arrange things with free-thinking groups but it requires good communication and responsibility.

    Unlocking people’s creative potential AND the ability to execute as individuals AND the ability to collaborate is the real holy grail. What are your thoughts on getting to that?!

    • admin August 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      Hi Josh,

      Lovely to hear from you and thanks for the comment. I couldn’t agree more about teaching people about collaboration and I think TRUST is the key word that binds these things together. So with that in mind I shall use your question as the basis for my next blog post.

      Thanks
      Nick

  7. Marcus August 4, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Just been through the paint by numbers checklist thing because that delivers!! so hard to make the team think! actually what are we doing here? it’s not about completing the template/checklist …really

    Once they see then the hard work begins because they see that just following a process does not work….

    Thanks Nick!

    • admin August 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      Hi Marcus,
      Hi Marcus

      Thanks for you thoughtful comment and I totally agree it is very hard to get people to think when a plan is available. Still as you have the right idea I guess you will have to teach them and I guess the best way for that is to take on a small project and take them on for the ride. Nothing excites us more than success.

      Once again thanks for your comment and I look forward to catching up soon.

      Cheers

      Nick

  8. Keith August 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Nick
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    At some point in history we lost our way and life became an impossible/frustrating destination, rather than an on-going/enjoyable journey.
    I think you will enjoy this little video!

    • admin August 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Keith,

      Lovely to hear from you how is life going in the far south. What was the video?

      Cheers

      Nick

  9. Liam August 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi Nick, thank for the download…and the thinking!

    I think thinking is not exactly what you are referring to, well only in part. You are talking about IMAGINATION – creativity – this is a mode WAY beyond thinking. It is a mode of consciousness that can disassociate from self and reality and create new planes of ‘reality’. Time does not exist on this plane. Nor does ‘solid’ or ‘fixed’.

    Keep thinking and creating.

    Thanks for the stimulation.

    Liam

    • Nick April 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi Liam, sorry it has taken so long to respond to this reply, and as usual your view is both challenging and enlightening. If you read the post How to Stop Aging I have said exactly this “Time does not exist on this plane” albit in a slightly different way. Thanks for taking the time to respond and I look forward to your comment on my latest post. Nick

  10. Paul August 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    There’s certainly a power in being different, and perhaps it’s not what we’re educated to produce, but the deeper question begged might be – different how? There are a ton of differences I can produce from the nominal standard and not all of them reek with special virtue. Maybe, to fill in some of the gaps, the difference you’re underlining is the one that come from ones own authenticity – that bringing that is probably (since its conform or be you – and you can’t really be another) might as well bring that difference and learn its (relative) value. I suppose the biggest thing is to remember that the relative value only relative. Doesn’t matter much the world doesn’t need ya, as long as you’ve got a niche

  11. Martijn October 4, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Absolutely NOT true. Bogus and nonsense all together!
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    Sorry I had to be different 😉

  12. Oliver August 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Nice thinking Nick. I think this just may be me to a T.
    I’m really interested in the results that we’re seeing from the introduction of e learning, some great improvements in statistics. Ironically I think that immediacy of knowledge and correction of wrong answers is key to it’s success. Really enjoying your posts mate.

    • Nick September 7, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Oliver,
      Thank you so much for your comments and interesting that is you to a T. Glad you are enjoying my posts, my next one is on the fear of success.
      Please feel free to offer me any suggestions.
      Cheers.
      Nick

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