Good morning. As I mentioned last week, I’m just back from a week away with my family on our holiday in Oregon. It was a wonderful opportunity to share new sites and experiences with my kids….and even some new things for me.
For example, we had a chance to visit an out-of-the-way waterfall (Young’s River Falls) and play in the very calm river that was fed by the falls. Speaking of feeding, Portland is well known for its many food carts. So my son and I tried a carts called “PB&J’s”, and as it sounds it was a cart dedicated to all sorts of variations on the traditional peanut butter and jelly. My sandwich was called a “Hot Hood” – peanut butter, jelly, smoked bacon, and jalapeños (sounds gross, but don’t knock it until you try it).
Anyways, during the trip, I was reading two books, “The Design of Business” and “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”. I really enjoyed the former, and surprisingly the latter. The “Field Guide” by Rebecca Solnit is a wonderful composition on how many people who lose themselves in one sense, come to find themselves in another. I won’t go into any depth on the book, nor could I possibly do it any justice, but I wanted to share one quote she references from historian Aaron Sachs, that ties in with the idea of exploring. Sachs wrote:
“Explorers were always lost because they had never been to those places before. They never expected to know exactly where they were. Yet, at the same time, many of them knew their instruments pretty well and understood their trajectories within a reasonable degree of accuracy. In my opinion, their most important skill was simply a sense of optimism about surviving and finding their way.”
And isn’t that exactly what we are faced with on a daily basis, whether by our own choices or not, we are explorers. And often times without a 100% assurance of the end, we push on knowing the right things to do and believing in our abilities to lead and create a positive outcome. It is one of the traits I greatly admire about many of the people I know follow this blog…..and one I hope they never lose.
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Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:
What Is Bravery? – by Sarah Kathleen Peck – via Holstee
So What: Bravery is showing up…..little by little. A great manifesto. Read and re-read.
The Rule of 52 and 17: It’s Random, But it Ups Your Productivity – by Julia Gifford – via The Muse
So what: Work in sprints. Work on only one thing at a time (focus). Take dedicated breaks to recharge your energy and your focus. If anyone uses this method or tries it out, please drop a note in the comments section….would love to hear about it.
10 ways to win at professional time etiquette – by Kate Kendall – via Kate Kendall.com
So What: I stink at some of these…..really need to work on #9 (If you are not 10 minutes early you are late). Save JIT for component deliveries and manufacturing.
The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People – by Kevan Lee – via Fast Company
So What: My morning routine is awful and has been for some time. I love the idea of a tomorrow list, but I am personally working on cutting my digital craving in the morning and getting more regimented about coffee, exercise, and breakfast.
“I don’t get it” – by Seth Godin – via @thisissethsblog
So what: An exhortation on not settling for status quo…and not being afraid that people “don’t get it”……which means you are probably on to something great.
All the best,