For the past few weeks I’ve been listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast for my daily auditory diet. Whenever I’m in motion with exercise, housework, or home improvement projects I make it a habit and priority to put healthy brain food into my ears.
In his podcast episode with Tony Robbins (found here), Tony makes a short but very profound comment that is relevant to every tech lover and engineer.
As we try to improve ourselves and take our careers to the next level, we are most likely looking for the next skill or piece of information to add to our toolbox of skillsets. It’s like searching for the next “app” for our brain.
What if what we really need is an operating system upgrade and reboot?
Our mental models that have been built through our years of education and family life and society probably served us well enough to get through those environments. But have conditions and environments changed to such a great extent that we now need to do a total reboot of our mental models for how we should (and can) operate in the world?
There is a German word that comes from my study of maneuver warfare and organizational success. The term is BEHENIGKEIT, which means BREAKING OUT OF THE PARADIGM.
A danger for those of us who are extremely goal-oriented and task-oriented is that we will fail to stop and reflect on our most basic assumptions and premises.
The analogy often made with performance coaches is, what is the point of putting a 400 horsepower engine in the body of a Fiat? (No offense meant to Fiat–it could be any lightweight car. You get the point.)
This analogy is similar to thinking that you just need to upgrade yourself with another “app.”
What if you need to break yourself out of the automobile transportation paradigm completely?
Look around at the world, and it should be clear that our economy and society are fundamentally different than 20 and 30 years ago. Within this one week, I will have worked and communicated with people across 3 continents, all from my home base. Much of that was face to face – over a video connection.
Just passing along this humble note recommending you give yourself a rigorous “system check” on your mental and emotional operating system. Many of us are probably long overdue for an OS upgrade.
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