As I was thinking this morning, I began with just a short view of this issue, but as you begin to empty your mind with brainstorming idea, the post took on a life of it’s own as I began to think of others. When you think of the familiar saying “The glass is either half full or half empty” describing either an optimist or a pessimist, when you pause and look at it more closely you find that there are opportunities than you originally saw:
- Optimist – The glass is half full
- Pessimist – The glass is half empty
I was recently at some very active training with a high performance level individual, meaning, he is VERY well known in his area of expertise. Dale Comstock: American Badass. Nationally known. He told us what he wanted us to do, then he showed us or demonstrated what he wanted us to do. But in all reality, these two steps were only half the problem.
While he was giving good advice, I did not take a small portion of what to change because of previous training I had had, i.e. he did not give me a good enough reason to change. However, I did listen and learn from him what he taught.
But what was the problem?
When it comes to entrepreneurs, the typical saying is that we get to choose which 80 hours a week we want to work. That’s a lot of hours, and a lot of effort. But with that can come stress. Or maybe not.
Studies have shown that our bodies and their cells have two extremes that affect them negatively: too much effort or stress put on a cell and no effort or stress put on a cell, i.e. if one becomes overwhelmed with things to do versus having nothing to do.
All of us would love to have nothing to do, but that defeats the purpose of one’s life, but do we look for having too much stress? Well, there’s a TED talk about it.
Here’s a great video regarding entrepreneurship.
Israel Kirzner is an Austrian economist and one of the world’s foremost experts on Ludwig von Mises’s methodology and thought.
In this lecture given at a seminar in Aix-en-Provence, France in 1993, Kirzner talks about ethics, entrepreneurship, and how wealth is created in society. He also describes the distinction he made between two kinds of ignorance: ignorance of specific knowledge but having the knowledge of how specific knowledge may be obtained, and sheer ignorance — not knowing how to access specific knowledge because we don’t know what we don’t know. Kirzner says that sheer ignorance requires an entrepreneurial role to overcome it, which allows entrepreneurs to discover demand for products and services that consumers didn’t even know they needed or wanted. Watch the video below.
I was with my dad when he passed away on April 21st. While I was watching my dad pass and experiencing this part of life it reminded me of my days in the USAF and the lessons learned and how it applies to the cycle of life and business.
I was in the USAF for over 13 years. The military is a mission- and team-based organization and you have an overall mission which determines everyone’s focus while the team means everyone bears all of their talents and skills to accomplish that mission. I spent a number of years in the USAF Aircraft Maintenance field working with F-4s, F-16s, F-15s and F-111s (and B-52s and KC-135s, but I can discuss the “heavies” another time) and I got to know a number of the fighter pilots and some of their training. It included knowing: weather, flight, basic physiology, mechanics and electronics, navigation, etc. Learning to fly in weather means avoiding bad weather if possible, it also means watching out as the weather changes which affects how you get to your destination and monitoring your aircraft resources, i.e. fuel, etc. to ensure you arrive safely.
My friend Thomas Frey has written a new piece that it titled “2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030” and goes into what is changing in the coming years.
Here’s the take away:
Apple recently had their iPhone 4S launch, to some an anticipated new Apple product, to others a MUCH anticipated new Apple product which became disappointing. Did Apple miss it? Did Apple flub it? How could Apple disappoint their customers so much?
Well, let’s take a look.