A restaurant’s best moment
How does a mediocre restaurant stay in business?
Because they bring you food.
The restaurant expectation
How does a mediocre restaurant stay in business?
Because they bring you food.
Sports and art have two different pursuits.
In sports, the competitive nature promotes seeking to be the best. Winning is everything. You’re training is about pushing you to the limits and you are never done. There is only keeping up – with yourself or others. The focus is so much about coming out on top that to win is actually more of a relief then just pure joy, therefor your focus is actually not to lose. You can’t enjoy the process with an unknown outcome.
Andre Agassi said that “the pain of losing an event like Wimbledon far outweighs winning, and lasts longer.” If you win, that’s just what you were supposed to do, if you lose there’s that pain plus the psychological effects you didn’t train for.
With art, there is joy in the creation. There is fulfillment in the process.
The end game is not as important as the journey of creation.
It’s why artists are so often not finishers. They love the process so much that just one more tweak is always possible.
Because they live in the process, artists can afford a built-in spirit of generosity.
Because of their discipline, athletes get results from strong finishes.
Both affect change.
You can’t say that either are more happy as a group than the other.
There is art in sports, that is how the athlete creates. Their pressure is the value judgement of “yeah, but did you win?”
There is regimen in artistry. It’s how the artist has a body of work. Their pressure comes from what it takes to create a vision combined with criticism of their personal works of art – both reasons so many creators seek escapes from reality.
If (imo) the best athletic artist Michael Jordan didn’t finish, if the ball didn’t end up in the hoop, all the moves to get it there would be dismissed as his art getting in the way of the results.
Art must finish but affords more latitude in it’s interpretation.
Finding the artistic expression is a way to enjoy your life.
Finishing is what brings results.
In life, winning isn’t only about being first, it’s more about the process of finishing.
Can you do enjoy the process and finish?
If a Roar is unheard it’s because what you’ve heard in the past shows that you’ve been misled. The act of consistently being misled leads to no gathering of joined purpose. So it could be spelled unherd as well. Roars should get progressively easier to ignore or work around. Once you realize the roars have no teeth, you just hear a noise that you want to move away from. A pointless attempt at control via the uncontrolled rant.
This is how we are talked to.
We get it from TV, many media sources, work, maybe even at home. There is quite a lot of positional bullying going on –
Do this, here’s what I think, here’s what you do, hurry up, act now.
We are still being sold to as if we have the scarce amount of choices as in the 1930’s.
Of course we have more choice than ever. But old habits die hard. Even the youngest generations are used to being sold in traditional ways. It’s still how we respond to marketing out of social pressure, desire to have what we want or other basic human instinct.
Despite this, we are undergoing a shift in the way we interact. Younger generations are losing one ability and gaining another. They may lose some ability to speak directly to another human and effectively speak their mind in person but they certainly get that we are in a culture of choices and to find what you want in pursuing who you want to be is technologically easy. You can learn anything on You Tube.
They don’t want ads forced upon them. It still happens but not in the same manner or as often because they click away from it. How would TV ads ever been allowed to dominate the culture in American sales if the Skip Ad option was available over the past 70 years?
The roars may have shifted.
From the output of do what I say to the input of listen to me –
the practice of let’s see what’s on, to the search query.
(Culture of TV vs Internet)
Communication was changed by the ingestion of media. The methods became an accepted norm. We bring this into our work and home life. We don’t have time for listening, being interested or for solving things with another person, we have to wrap it up and get to the next thing. Even if the next thing is nothing.
Realizing this means you have signaled the dulling of connection. It’s time to reinvest in yourself.
Starting the shift
To speak too loudly brings the opposite response.
Sure, the issue gets heard but the ability to solve it has instant opposition.
If a project doesn’t have alignment, that project is doomed to failure.
When people are vying for position, power is the priority before the project itself.
Focusing on relationships in business brings results that will always be better, it holds the more comprehensive parts of life, more than money can do for us.
This is the best method financially as well, but money is actually the last step. It’s the last part of the interaction when there is work done well. It’s the result of unity on a project done for the ability to serve a need.
The team is cohesive, the product is cohesive.
The days of success by pure force are dwindling. At least en masse.
The progression looked like this: Word of Mouth> Newspapers> 3 TV channels + UHF > Cable> Internet> Streaming+Searching. Could we go back? No way. It went from opinion of the few to the many. Trust went from someone you knew to someone’s review.
Trust is where the actual shift is happening online.
It’s gonna take time because we’re all human.
Short term force will always be there but reason and connection seems to be the slow and inexorable shift. The longer and certainly tougher shift is in our ability to seek out our best with so much choice.
Marketing at it’s best is about connection. Sales come from good, consistent marketing.
Force will be practiced by those unable or unwilling to do the real and difficult work of listening and being honest in their offers.
Force is bullying tactics. The world is onto you and the internet found out how to even the score because it’s best tool is that of connection.
There’s no need to be silent when everything in you wants to roar.
It’s just that a roar isn’t gonna do it anymore. Reason is having it’s day.
These are the moments where your best self gets it’s chance to practice.
That’s at the heart of why great teams work.
It’s shared passion multiplied.
But before we can get it out to others, we have work to do ourselves. Our challenges are in more than just the project and it’s obstacles. There is the internal processing that moves or halts us. We’re all subject to it.
We can’t expect people to be as excited about what we’re doing as we are. This doesn’t have to be a let down. Getting your project, product, or idea to a more complete state is the first chance to get the experience to the user. We get all the benefits of seeing it come together along the way. We are among the few who could appreciate that. Passion leads to the formation of something great. Once something great is created, only then can someone else appreciate it with the sort of enthusiasm you had for its creation. Before that, an incomplete vision is hard to experience.
This seems obvious, and it is, but for all the ideas out there, for all the projects started, and good ones too, how many got to the point where we could use them?
Why was the obstacle bigger than the pursuit?
Let passion drive you to finish.
Before long you have a completed body of work for others to see.
Finish and move to the next one.
Putting things of value into the world outlives you and is a benefit to your days.
Thank you for doing work you have a spirit for. It lifts us all.
What are you going to do to bring it one step closer to being done today?
We have access to all the information to learn about a great variety of subjects, yet the average amount of time spent watching reality shows is on the rise, because it’s just as available, if not more so.
“I can’t” doesn’t work.
When someone says “I can’t”, what they’re really saying is “I won’t.”
One word holds what is truly the key ingredient.
Desire will always win.
Desire brings you to information and it let’s you see opportunity.
So when you’re looking to change I ask you –
What do you want?
If you answer truthfully, you will do what it takes to make your own way.