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Something other

Something other

April 26, 2020
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In twenty minutes, we had it together.
The outline of it at least.

What?, you ask, slightly confused.

Well.
A webinar that me and a few of my friends are putting together in a few weeks time. An event normally run live in May that we are turning digital, for obvious reasons. We started off thinking we’d simply run last year’s presentation slightly tweaked… but when we looked at it, we realized that Nah, that won’t do.

Doing things online instead of in the flesh, requires something else, something other.

So I asked for pen and paper, we gathered around the kitchen counter, and in twenty minutes, we had a plan of who’s doing what when, and how to turn this event into something other, just like we wanted to. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but surrounding myself with people like these, enriches my life beyond belief. This is a group of skilled, professional, warm, generous, smart and fun people, and I love having them in my circle of influence. Who’s in yours?

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Outliers (book 17 of 26)

August 26, 2018
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OutliersI have been attending a training all weekend, and once that finished, I went immediately to a dear friend for dinner, arriving back at my hotel room just after nine pm, with 70 pages yet to read. Luckily, I am a fast reader. With an hour to spare, I just finished reading my book-of-the-week, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

”Outliers are those who have been given opportunities – and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

Another stroke of luck: Outliers is an easy read. A fun read. Highly informative and once in a while very thought-provoking. At the same time, Malcolm hails hard work a tad too much to my liking. Because somehow I find he misses out on the distinction of hard Smart work.

I mean. I get it, hard work, tenacity, the ability to put in the effort and do the work – of course that is a trait worth praising.

But at the same time – using my smarts to not only work hard, but also to work smart – to ensure I set up feedback loops, find rolemodels whos work or traits I can emulate and/or get inspired by, and most importantly, work hard at building pipelines rather than hauling buckets (a Robert Kiosaki-reference, aka Rich dad – Poor dad) – is something I don’t find expressed in so many words in Outliers.

Still. He has sure found some great stories to tell, and he is a very skilled storyteller. And I fully agree with this:
”To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all.”


The book I am blogging about is part of the book-reading challenge I’ve set for myself during 2018, to read and blog about 26 Swedish and 26 English books, one book every week, books that I already own.

 

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