A business plan in the Beta Paradigm doesn’t lead to action. It IS action. Act while you plan, plan while you act. Always in Beta. Progress, not perfection. Stay in Startup Mode.
As a group-training instructor I listen to A LOT of music, especially when a new term is about to start. In my case mainly House. One thing that I really like about the ”House community” is that everyone builds upon each other’s ideas all the time. It’s actually a prerequisite to make remixes of other DJs songs. A win-win situation: the “remixer” gets a great song for her/his set, and the original artist’s music is spread.
What if we would fully embrace that idea in business and let others advance our ideas instead of trying to protect them at all cost? Interesting thought, right? 🙂
Wrote yesterday about saying yes to the artist inside. Struck me that artists have one more super important characteristic that I think we all should learn from: Artists don’t passively wait to be inspired. They actively seek out inspiration. And they know that sometimes you need to do the work, inspired or not (which in fact is a really good way to get inspired: start doing the work).
I find it helpful to keep a list of inspiring activities and when feeling completely out of inspiration I look at the list, chose one activity and get going. What about you?
Art and nature are great sources of inspiration to me and the combination at Wanås Konst is perfect. Yesterday’s visit made me think about artistry. To me, an important part of being an artist is to always continue exploring, learning and experiment. To challenge perspectives and strive for growth. To see a pig in a pile of wood 🙂 Being an artist means to stay in startup mode.
I think we all have the potential to be artists in our field of interest. But it takes a commitment: say yes to the artist inside. Keep on exploring. Keep on learning. Keep on experimenting. Stay in Startup Mode!
In Barcelona, unexpected and exciting things happen in every corner of the street. Could be crazy architecture or a cool jam session with a jazz band – you know when one person starts by taking a note, the next one starts improvising and no one knows where it will end.
Just as music has endless opportunities, so has business and work-life. Open your mind, listen to the notes playing and join. Or start your own jam session by taking that first note. You’ll be surprised by the result 🙂
Learn more about the future of entrepreneurship and work-life at Nex(t)cellence THINK TANK, Sept 24-27 in Barcelona.
Read this quote by Robin Sharma today: “Having a grand vision is cool. Being amazing at getting it done is far hipper.” I agree – a vision, no matter how attractive, will be nothing but a dream without execution. But just executing without that bigger idea will be a waste of time. Therefore, I’m a huge fan of the expression Dreaming Doer. I think that’s exactly what the future need – people that dream, and see things as they could be rather than as they are, and then get the dreams done.
So dream. And do.
Today I took a walk in the beautiful surroundings of my current stay and found a grain field where some spikes had grown a bit higher than the rest. Made me think about what it takes to stand out in today’s ever-changing work-life. To be the expert in your desired field. To be the one leading change in your industry. I think it takes a startup mindset; where you’re passionate about what you do, let your creativity flourish and constantly launch new updated beta versions of yourself and your business. It’ll take focus and hard work, but once you’re there, you’ll get a whole new view.
About the obsession with follow up. Ok, we learn what worked yesterday with yesterday’s conditions. What says it will work tomorrow when everything is changed? Instead of trying to figure out the exact way to do things – and then do it the same way again and again and again – adopt the concept of beta. Stay in motion, stay in startup mode!
Change is hard and takes a lot of determination and effort. Most of us don’t like change. We would like to keep things the way they are. It’s safer, more convenient, risk-free… At least in our minds. In fact, change is necessary and it’s much riskier to stay the same (more about that later). I think it’s time to change how we think about change. I think it’s time to replace the forcing concept of change and adopt the concept of beta.
When you commit to beta, you automatically enter startup mode and apply the startup mindset skills needed to succeed today and tomorrow. That’s the Beta Paradigm!
Your perspective is your most important, maybe only, tool. A changed perspective means new opportunities. Meeting with new people often means new perspectives. Going to exciting places is another way to get new perspectives, especially if the place in itself contains a lot of different influences – like Barcelona. It’s not a coincidence that our Nex(t)cellence THINK TANK – a group of sharp and somewhat crazy minds co-creating ideas on the future of entrepreneurship and work-life – will take place there 🙂