How to dance with uncertainty

1. Be gentle, stay calm, keep a positive attitude, choose your beliefs carefully. Understand your bias and aim to comprehend different worldviews than yours.

2. Understand that change means something like: “this is going to bring something better, bigger and ultimately, happier, but it won’t be like lying on the beach, probably”.

3. Your mindset has to send the following message: “the situation is going to change abruptly, the context is going to change really fast, the map is going to change radically, the market is going to change negatively, mi profession is going to change for the worse, my friends are going to change forever. Change itself requires that I change not only at the same pace but faster”.

4. This powerful muscle you have within it’s called the brain, it’s probably the most amazing thing in the world. And guess what? You possess one. Yeah. It’s far resistant, resilient, malleable and surprising than you’ve ever thought.

5. Look, find and talk to your demons.

6. The most difficult part of uncertainty it’s not if you accept uncertainty or not. The part is when you have to be aware of how your amygdala is trying to sabotage, manipulate and control you.

7. You can’t control everything, this is beyond doubt. Read this, you can’t control people, but you can control yourself. You’d better take advantage of it.

8. Belief in something greater than just you. Believe in empowering people through the work you do.

9. Surround yourself from change agents that help you to see what you can’t see.

10. Leap. Leap. Leap.

Keep dancing.

 

 

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9 unsorted things you need to know

1. People get in the habit of telling what you can do and what not. Ignore no-requested advice, whatsoever.

2. You can do anything you want to – unless it’s harmful to other people or you – if it takes you to the sweet spot you are shooting for. No matter what, if it works for you and it’s honest, skip the haters, shun the non-believers and ignore the crowd.

3. What’s scarce it’s valuable. What’s rare it’s chased. No is a true successful value proposition. Betting against the status quo is an underrated strategy. All of this works pretty well today, even it’s sometimes skipped for most of us.

4. Time is a choice. While you’re killing time, time is killing you. Don’t fight against time, hack it.

5. Breaking patterns will take you far from you want to travel. Build your own lifestyle. Focus your energy on things that make you feel uncomfortable. Work on embracing uncertainty. Disconnect from the connected world from time to time. Get real and dance with the fear.

6. Instead of goal-setting, do fear-setting.

7. Forget your competition, you only should race against yourself, your attitude, your time, overcome customer expectations, enchant people and commitment. Nobody won a triathlon looking at the rear.

8. If your art doesn’t stand out, two options: first, perhaps it’s not matching with your passion. Second, maybe you need to do it better, and more.

9. The given chance of somebody picking you, it’s more and more delusional. Everyone is busy and less relevant than they use to be. The alternative, step forward and chose yourself.

Once you know it, what will you do next?

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Acting vs reacting: three stages

Are you stuck on reacting to life or work? Anything?

Act – First stage

Don’t wait for a new project, go and create it.

Don’t wait for a promotion, go and earn it.

Don’t look at your inbox every 5 minutes waiting for something to arrive. Instead, go and send this emails that will make something happen.

Don’t wait for permission, go and get it, own it.

Don’t wait for asking the question you weren’t allowed. Just stand out and ask perturbing questions.

Don’t wait for anything that really matters to you, go all in.

Act – Second stage

Switch off your WhatsApp.

Mute your phone.

Stop watching Stranger Things or Game of Thrones.

Unsubscribe from Netflix.

Unplug your TV.

Put the noise aside.

Act – Third stage

Act. More. Better. Faster.

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Core skills: searching for the best you

If I had to search for the best person to work with me on a new project. I’d look for the following core skills:

  • Initiative or leaping attitude.
  • Discipline.
  • Self-awareness.
  • The ability to lead when everyone is hiding.
  • Decision-making capacity on highly changing environments.
  • The capability of staying human in and out of the Internet.
  • Artfulness for learning anything faster.
  • Being obsessive about small details.

These are the best core skills I know, by far.

This economy begets for core skills, dexterity, real and mind-blowing facts, projects (successful and not so) that get the attention to make a connection. And making a positive impact.

Why are you focused on learning digital marketing or business development if you can’t control the core skills that will bring the best version of yourself? Worth reminding over and over.

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It does not work

  • Sending CVs: not working.
  • Staying until late at work: not working.
  • Billboards: not working.
  • Having a master degree in order to be successful in life: not working.
  • Scoring high in the university tests: not working.
  • Reading every post you can: not working.
  • Watching House of Cards or Narcos: not working.
  • Blaming the system and expecting a different outcome: not working.
  • Reaching everyone on LinkedIn: not working.
  • Tagging friends on Facebook so you can promote your business: not working.
  • Believing that everything it’s going to be like before the crisis, like the good old days: not working.
  • Working on the next APP: not working.
  • Raising your children to become the next in-garage-entrepreneur: not working.
  • Showing smiling faces through Selfies: not working.

It does not work. It’s broken. It’s never going to work again. See what it changes today.

Whatever it was valuable years ago, whatever, it’s not valuable now. Your job is trying to figure out what’s going to be the solution today and then tomorrow. It does not work, sure.

A lifetime opportunity, drawing what’s coming next, and makes it work.

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