Seeing is not looking…

We “See” a lot of things and ignore ..but when we “Look” at it we pay attention.

Lot of the things we do in “See” mode and to conformity. But that’s fine since we are lazy beings.

Trouble starts when life’s critical decisions we do in “See” mode like Career choices (Copy from others), or getting married.

Successful people do these two things to the mark:

#1 Identifying what’s critical for you – Your dreams, goals, mission, etc.

#2 Use your bests “Look” mode for what’s in #1. Grind it hard… to figure out the path for it.

Remember hard work does not come in the first two if you can figure out the first part, and do your bests. Working hard comes naturally to fulfilling your dreams!

Righteousness…

Do you want to grow in your career or do you want to be right? The two are mutually exclusive. The need to be proven right in arguments and discussions shuts you out to learning and course correction while you come across as arrogant.

The opposite is your need to grow which makes you open to suggestions, different ideas, and criticism. Some of which will add to your learning while leading to better results.

So, remind yourself each time that you are better off being wrong and learning something new for the future instead of being perceived to be right temporarily.

Losing your audience during the presentation…

You can tell when an audience has stopped listening to a presentation. Phones come out, people slouch in their seats, maybe someone dozes off. If you notice this happening during your talk, try a few techniques to grab people’s attention.

  • Move around the room. It keeps audience members guessing where you’ll go next, which means their eyes are trained on you.
  • Lower your voice, or even pause. Speaking in a monotone isn’t very engaging, of course, and neither is always speaking at the same volume. To regain attention, try speaking softly so that people need to focus in order to follow along, or using a well-timed pause to create suspense around what’s coming next.
  • Speak faster or slower. When you change speeds, people take note: What’s different here? Why does this part sound distinct? And that means they’ll tune in to what you’re saying.
  • Use a story or analogy. A real-world example can help people understand and relate to your topic, especially if it’s a technical one.

Try This Exercise to Think Like Your Company’s Competitors…

Sometimes a company’s strengths can quickly turn into weaknesses. For example, a small and seemingly unimportant rival might figure out how to use your firm’s size against you. Here’s an exercise to help you look for threats and opportunities where you hadn’t realized they exist.
 
First, divide your employees into two teams. Ask Team A to list your company’s strengths and Team B to list its weaknesses. Then have the teams swap lists. Ask Team B to argue that the strengths are actually threats to the organization’s future, and Team A to argue that the weaknesses are opportunities. Next, do an external analysis: Ask Team A to list the strengths it sees in your competition, and Team B the weaknesses. Again, have the team’s swap lists and make the counterarguments.
 
The goal of this exercise is to open your, and your employees’, eyes to new possibilities — and guard against sudden changes that could mean trouble for your company.

A platform with leverage…

That’s something worth building.
 
Electricity is a platform with leverage. Once communities have access to a little electricity, a solar lantern, say, they quickly discover that they want/need more electricity. The productivity increases create more income which gives them more money to buy more electricity. The leverage that this productivity and income give them (combined with the actual power at their disposal) creates a one-way route toward the future.
 
The same thinking applies to a personal career.
 
The first speech you’ll give will be difficult. The tenth one will be easier. Each speech, well-delivered, creates more demand for more speeches. Each speech given gives you more leverage to give better speeches. Better speeches create more demand…
 
This is the opposite of shoplifting. Shoplifting isn’t a platform or leverage. The system actually pushes back harder and harder the more you do it. And it has no leverage.
 
Some businesses work at scale because they’re a platform (they cause motion in one direction) and they’re able to reinvest from that platform to create more leverage. Amazon is certainly the most shining example of this simple process.
 
But it can also work for the local university. A little learning creates a demand for more learning. Useful degrees as a label for effort offer leverage to those that receive them, and the demand for more learning and more leverage gives the university resources to expand and do it even more.
 
When in doubt, look for the platform and look for leverage.