Walking the easy path
A lady has her walking program open on her Apple Watch. She stares at the screen of the watch as it records her journey, her walk. The only thing is, she is sitting on a bus travelling across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She's recording her walk whilst sitting on a bus. Is she doing this to make herself feel better about closing her exercise ring when she gets home or is it to impress others who she is connected to via her watch? Many busy themselves with the fallacy that when you finish your day you have achieved much. However the real question is, did you really move the dial towards your dream? Did you actually do the work or just busy yourself to make you feel like you've done the work. Feed your ego all you like, the greatest return always comes in actually putting the rubber on the road and actually doing the walk.
What you already know
Many of us go from podcast to podcast, book to book, blog to blog, in and out of meetings, off to a conference, a quick conversation with a friend, and then share inspirational videos on YouTube. With all that ....ask yourself this question, Do you spend more time acquiring information—whether through podcasts, websites, or conversation—than you spend distilling what you already know? We hunger for the next hack that will make our lives better without already executing on what we have in our minds, our journals, a scrap piece of paper we scribbled on or on the notes page in our phones. Finding a way for you to store what you learn, log it, curate it and then action the learnings taken from yesterday, the day prior or last year, is worth your investment of time to intentionally focus on. Chances are you know what to do, you're just not doing it. To get some ideas on the capture, storing and curating of learnings from your books check out Ep 211 of The Mojo Sessions with Sam T Davies... well worth a listen.
If I said imagine a petrol station, and you were about to drive in to fill up, pretty much I'm sure I could describe what you're seeing in your mind. But when you're an architect you need to look at what is and say why, why is it like that and not like this? An architect needs to look at what is and think, how can I make this better, how can I improve this, how can I make this more interesting, what hasn't been done before and what does the future of a petrol station look like? One could imagine that that was going through the mind of a designer at Atelier SAD, Matúškovo, Slovakia when they created this design of this service station. When leaders want to talk to me about leaving innovation, the very first thing upstream from all the tactics and tools they want to learn is, do you have the intention, the focus, the desire, and the interest to look at what is and think what could it be?