The difference between Heaven and Hell

Is the ability to choose.

When choice is taken away, outcomes become certain.

Certainty is relinquishing power and waiting for instructions to relieve tension.

We look for this tension to go away because we are afraid.

We are afraid that taking responsibility for our actions that we won’t be good enough. That we might fail.

Rather than dealing with the shame of failure, we would rather give up control and our choices.

We look to be told what to do.

But if we can learn to choose uncertainty, we need to understand that we are going to be judged. Outcomes are not guaranteed.

Uncertainty is our blank canvas: Where we can learn, grow, and progress.

It doesn’t start with a map. The step by step of instructions doesn’t exist in a world of infinite possibilities.

It’s about following a compass. Your choice in the direction you want to go.

[Most of us undervalue our ability to get to where it is we want to go. We shouldn’t underestimate ourselves.]

Faster horses

When the automobile was invented people weren’t asking for automobiles, they were asking for faster horses.

Fast forward to today, people are asking for faster internet and more data. But soon we will be offering VR and AI.

People are not sure what they really want, which leaves room for your customers to be wowed.

There is never going to be an opportunity like today to lead a tribe.

You just need to care enough and be brave enough to want to change the world around you.

Starting gun

What are you waiting for?

Most of us want credit, money, and fame before we do the work.

But credit, money, and fame doesn’t come first. It comes last. It comes after you make generous contributions. Over and over again.

You don’t become a writer when you sell your first best seller. You become a writer and then, over time, you become a best-selling author (maybe). There’s no promise.

So make generous contributions because you can. Do those things because it brings meaning. Never mind about credit, money, and fame. Professionals don’t care about that.

They care about connection. They care about meaning. They care about making a difference.

That’s what makes us human.

[Our Creator is happiest when his children are creating.]

You’ll never be as good as Donald Bradman

Most Americans have never heard of the name Donald Bradman. Bradman was the greatest cricket player of all time. And it’s not even close.

Bradman’s lifetime batting average was 99.94. The next best batting average was Graeme Pollock’s 60.97. It’s like a baseball player batting over .500 every season for his entire career.

If you look at the standard deviation for above average athletes in sports, 2.3 would put you in the top 1%. Bradman had a standard deviation of 4.4. He was better at cricket then Jordan was to basketball (3.4), Nicklaus was to golf (3.5), and Cobb was to baseball (3.6).

By these metrics, you can argue that Bradman was the greatest athlete of all time.

The lizard brain is very good at tricking us into believing that we have to be the best in order to belong.

If you are going to wait to be as good as Bradman to feel like you belong, you will be waiting for a long time.

Because you will never be as good as Donald Bradman at anything you choose to do.

So why wait?

You belong when you decide you belong. You belong when you start contributing to the tribe. You belong when you start making a difference.

Now.

Go.

Make your ruckus.

We need you.

What kind of work?

Are you doing work that is remarkable or are you doing the kind of work that is keeping you from being fired?

Are your working for your customers or for your boss?

Do you have 30 years of experience or do you have 1 year of experience repeated 30 times?

Can your job be broken down into a simple set of instructions or is it a project without a map?

When people work with no goal other than attracting a better job or getting tenure or rank advancement, you’ll always find menial and trivial research.

On the other hand, contributions to knowledge come from those wanting to make a difference.

It takes guts to put yourself in the arena knowing you’re going to be banged up. But the other alternative is to sit in the cheap seats with the critics and trolls.

[The world is waiting for you to take your turn.]