“Discover the magic of searching for the ‘Second Right Answer.’”
—Roger von Oech, author, inventor, and speaker
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Do you remember the game played by teachers and students when you were young? You know — the game where the teacher asks a question and immediately all the over-zealous students wave their hands in excitement — maybe with a few verbalizing to be called on to share their knowledge and show off a bit.
Certain subjects and topics in school play nicely into this game, where there is a single correct answer — and being quick on the draw with these single bullets of wisdom is usually rewarded. Consider all the game shows on TV that play into reward or punishment for the right or wrong answer.
As we enter the world beyond our traditional educational upbringing many of us notice that there are often a variety of right answers that can lead to numerous iterative versions of success. We are now encouraged to be far more creative and agile, thinking outside the box to discover new and perhaps even better answers just beyond the horizon of our knee-jerk thinking.
Where and on what personal or professional issues would digging deeper and longer to search for the second right answer magically provide even greater possibilities and opportunities in your life?
“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”
—Harry Emerson Fosdick, 20th Century American Pastor/Author
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I hope you voted early.
If you exercise this right in person today, please do so safely.
Consider having a few significant conversations today with friends and family about the extraordinary possibilities you envision and intend to be part of in the years ahead.
“Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.”
—Sophocles, ancient Greek tragedian
COVID-19 moved our cheese. What was familiar and predictable months ago was suddenly no longer so, and we’ve all felt the loss.
Although these various forms of loss cause much pain, we can all take a lesson from the mouse in the classic business book, Who Moved My Cheese? Going through its maze one day, taking its traditional route, the mouse did not find the cheese he expected. Noticing this, the little guy fairly quickly changed his route to seek his reward elsewhere.
What are some of the new ways that you and others in your communities have adapted, adjusted, and expanded your cheese-finding efforts? What new opportunities and possibilities have you discovered and realized?
Feel free to reply to this post with some approaches that are working for you.
“Did you ever wonder why no one ever tries softer?”
—Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian
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If you keep up with books on personal and professional achievements, you will likely have seen an emphasis on deep work, drive, grit, leaning in, and discovering your strengths.
There is no question that hard work, persistence, the power of habit, and putting in those 10,000 hours is correlated with considerable progress and achievement.
What would trying softer look like?
How could this be an access point to a more successful and rewarding life?
Where would quieter behaviors and approaches to your relationships with yourself and others, and the general way you move through life, provide access to new personal and professional possibilities?
FRIDAY REVIEW: POSSIBILITIES
What do you consider “impossible” for you? What do you consider possible? Here are a few possibility-related posts you may have missed.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
“The Earth needs a good lawyer.”
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
“It’s hard to see your own face without a mirror.”
—Phil McGraw, American TV Personality “Dr. Phil”
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I recently facilitated a team-building workshop with one of my favorite clients. Half of the twelve participants had worked with me before. The other six were with me for the first time. The senior leader has been coaching each of them for more than a decade and he wanted to boost his efforts with this session.
We discussed a variety of topics, and did a strength/weakness exercise, which is fairly standard for such meetings. Surprisingly, the feedback and comments from their colleagues made an even bigger impression on the participants than most expected.
Where are or could you more fully use the people in your personal and professional communities as a mirror, to realize more of your fullest potential?
“The Earth needs a good lawyer.”
—Seth Godin, American Author
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These days it appears that the next gold rush is in space. Whether it is mining asteroids or creating settlements on Mars, there is no question there are lots of big bets being made by such pioneers as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, among others.
Given the trends we observe today, what shape will planet Earth be in by the time, decades from now, we realize all the possibilities we see today?
Even if we create a settlement on Mars with a million people, there will still be eight billion, nine hundred and ninety-nine million people left here on Earth. They will be looking into the night sky, possibly wondering, What have we done?
Where and in what ways are you a protector/defender of our beautiful Earth? What immediate actions can all of us take to not ever need a lawyer to stand up for Mother Nature?
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
—François Rabelais, 16th Century French Writer
Throughout recorded history, man has inquired into his own existence and humanity’s place and purpose on this earth.
Having a reason to get up each morning to explore and realize the possibilities of life seems fundamental, but all to often, some of us get stuck or stalled in a daily rut in which our lives feel less inspired and engaging.
Where and in what ways can you intentionally and proactively seek your next personal or professional “perhaps”?
Feel free to reply to this post with any insights you have had, and actions you plan to pursue.
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die, and the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
⏤Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
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When I first read this quote, I felt pretty down at the thought of dying each evening, with a sense of finality that something⏤in this case, my day⏤was over.
Many of us experience similar feelings when our weekends, vacations, or other happy times come to an end.
Consider that the same is true for bad times, and uncomfortable events we may want to wish away.
To wake up and be reborn each new day excites me with the possibilities of new and wondrous things I can intentionally do, with a fresh perspective and a fresh canvas to draw upon.
How can you interpret today’s quote to make the very best of each new day you are fortunate enough to experience?
“What is possible for you is dictated by your hunger, not your history.”
-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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A few weeks ago, I had an engaging breakfast meeting with a friend who is applying for a new, high profile position. He expects to be vying for this job with a good number of other people.
Through our discussion and inquiry, we fueled the flame of his hunger for this position. He was clear that, based on his history and experience, he was highly qualified for the role. He also saw this position as the role of a lifetime, and that attaining it was his professional destiny.
How likely do you think it is that the interviewers will sense his genuine hunger and passion for the position and put him at or near the top of the list?
Where can you use your own insatiable hunger – not just your history – to achieve your deeply held desires?