I used to do some consulting for a rather large company.
One of the guys that worked there was telling me his frustration with upper management. Seems they were seriously old school, which meant that they were getting schooled by the younger, and more nimble competition.
It took upper management forever to make a decision, and when they finally did, it took another forever to put it into action.
I was reading this book (not sure which category it belongs in) about the history of prosperity. It seems than when companies or organizations are young and hungry, they spend as much time as they can grabbing market share any way possible.
Then when they get older, and bigger, and slower, they switch into “protection” mode.
One blind spot that we have, as humans, is that we keep doing something simply because we’ve been doing it.
Often times, this isn’t a problem, which is why we’ve got this instinct in the first place. After all, it’s kept us alive this far, right?
But it can be a problem. Especially when we start out doing something without really knowing why. Maybe social proof, maybe we didn’t really have any other options.
But once we build up enough momentum, it can be hard to change course. It starts to become familiar. Even though we don’t know precisely why we started doing it, doing something different feels too “uncomfortable.”
However, looking at this from a third person perspective, it makes sense to shake things up a bit. You don’t to change everything, just give yourself a taste of “strange,” but in a safe way.
Eat something different, sleep on a different side of the bed, watch different TV shows, anything to shake up your routine.
Because once you do, you’ll start to wonder what you’ve been missing, which may rekindle that adventurous, risk taking spirit that is source of all worthy accomplishment.
There’s plenty more mind blind to uncover.
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