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Simon Sinek: Do little things

Consistency is a series of small efforts that over time add up to create a big impact. Seth Godin calls this ‘the drip.’ Simon Sinek refers to them as ‘the little things.’

Do small things. They add up.

Little things are the deeds one fulfills over a period of time. Whether it’s for love or business, good habits strengthen relationships and build trust.

It turns out that honesty and unselfishness are good for companies and good for life.

Sinek’s latest book Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team (Amazon) came out last September.

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‘The zoo is the epitaph to a relationship’

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“The zoo is the epitaph to a relationship,” once wrote John Berger. And while this analogy pertains to human domestication of animals in faux environments, it also serves as a metaphor for the fragility of today’s human bonds.

We are alone together separated by a fence of technology. We sit next to each other but share our true thoughts online, hiding behind the protective masks of our glowing devices. We emphasize the “I” without the confidence to look at each other eye to eye.

Combine this narcissistic phenomenon with the hyper-speed race to the bottom of name-calling and provoked antagonism plus the inability to focus on one issue at a time and we lose all sense of objectivity. Compassion, respect, and gratitude vanish into artifacts of the past.

How do we build ourselves back up? For starters, we can slow down and cultivate human decency. After all, we’re all in this together. Recall that the birds turned into fishes only out of the urge of curiosity.

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The cost for convenience

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It doesn’t take too much convincing to bend the will of the well-intentioned.

People are fickle. Show them a better deal, and they’ll chase it, jettisoning their commitment to trusted relationships.

Care and experience are the first to go in exchange for convenience. Having your books and groceries delivered to your doorstep saves time, but it also prevents the happy accidents of bumping into a friend at the market or overhearing an interesting chat in the philosophy aisle.

The compromise for conveniency — texting over calling, shopping in your pajamas, etc. — is a loss in real human exchange. It’s easier to tweet when you’re hiding behind a mask.

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Move your phone to the living room

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Our phones are an escape from reality. We turn to them to avoid the tension of waiting.

Immediate gratification helps numb the stress of the moment. It also impedes our progress at work, relationships, and our innovation in general.

As Simon Sinek points out in the video below, the two things that take the most time to develop are our jobs and communication skills. There’s no app to help us succeed at these difficult and messy things other than our willingness and patience.

All the time spent staring at screens instead of observing our surroundings impede the serendipitous discoveries that lead to innovation. How can we think of new ideas when we’re preoccupied with a bright shiny object?

Our willpower is weak. To strengthen it, we can start by changing our habits. We can leave the phone behind when we go to dinner with friends and replace apps with a real alarm clock.

A phone is a convergence machine. It can do and be everything, yet get in the way of what’s important. There’s no way around the fact that good things take time which needs us to play the long game. We have to find enjoyment in this slow but steady process called life.

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Reciprocity

Plants provide air. We feed them
water
and they give us oxygen in return.

Businesses provide products. We pay them money and they fulfill our needs.

Social networks facilitate sharing. We supply the content and they enable us to connect online.

None of these things could exist without dependency on the other. Everything is based on symbiotic relationships. We all scratch each other’s backs so we can move on with the business of living.

Naturally, wherever there’s a bond there’s a thaw or antagonism somewhere else. Did we over/underwater the plants, disrupt another business, or criticize someone online?

Never alone, we’re always willing to cooperate but equally waiting to fight.

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I’m nobody, who are you?

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Nice to Meet You … Again

“All of us ‘transfer’ experiences to some extent, and at times we are not sure whether an experience was something we were told or read about, even dreamed about, or something that actually happened to us.” – Oliver Sacks

Because of social media, we know more about each other than ever personally conveyed. When online information mixes with offline exposure the two get blurred. We forget where we learned certain bits of information.

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Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

Ambition drives people forward; relationships and community, by imposing limits, hold people back.

Ambition is about more than money.  Ambition, like relationships, require doing the work you love.  Once you find it, you let it grow. 

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The Art of Catching Up

People usually talk about family first when they catch up.  The conversation then shifts to common interests in sports, music, books, or film.

Catching up is a lost art.  Facebook, Twitter, and email have all silenced communication.  We catch up but we don’t really ‘catch up.’

That’s why we’re often shocked when we run into someone that’s been keeping up with our life through our social streams.  They often go into scary detail like, “So, you win that jackpot in Vegas?” or “your wife is beautiful.”

You should always catch up with people you truly care about face to face and be cautious of the updates you disseminate to ‘friends’, people you know but don’t really keep up with. 

Conversation is flowing faster than ever.  We’re meeting new people ever day.  The abundance of communication is making the world smaller but our relationships less personal.  Catching up is scarce.  Make sure you catch up with the right people.