Friday, July 23, 2004

Welcome to YAKTS - You Already Know This Stuff

With workplace experience in the electricity and telecommunications industries as well as a short stint in manufacturing, I've become quite familiar with the world of acronyms. I'm not sure YAKTS is a great example of an acronym that comes tripping off one's tongue, but it certainly is a shorter way to say "You Already Know This Stuff."

Now that you've found your way here, I have two questions for you:

1) If "You Already Know This Stuff," why are you reading this blog? and ...
2) If "You Already Know This Stuff," why aren't you doing something with it?

Both of those questions are posed very tongue in cheek as we all KNOW way more than we DO. I'm curious about why that is.

I'll try to post some food for thought here on a semi-regular basis, in the hope that we can figure out a way to collectively make our small talk bigger. With bigger small talk in our own individual circles of influence, I'm confident that those of us playing this game will start to make a real difference by starting small, but focusing our attention in ways that will take us beyond conversation into action.

Insight without action makes no difference so although we've got to start with making our small talk bigger, it can't stop there. What can we commit to actually DOING that will make our circles of influence more influential? It's that whole "Pay it forward" concept.

I know it's difficult to make a significant difference in the world individually (but good thing no one told that to Ghandi, or Mother Teresa, or MLK, Jr.) ... but, as Margaret Mead said:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

So, the thought for today is about CHANGE, and here's my two cents' worth:

Change doesn't work because change is nothing more than more of the same. For example, if I wanted you to give me "CHANGE" for a quarter, and I asked you for the easiest way to do that, you might give me 2 dimes and a nickel. That's CHANGE, all right. But let's say I didn't like that combination, and wanted something different. You might give me a dime and three nickels. If that doesn't satisfy me, you might give me five nickels. We could keep playing this "CHANGE" game until you'd finally given me 25 pennies. Change? Sure. But each time all I've really gotten is more and more of the same stuff (and heavier pockets).

If we really want something to be different in our lives, it's got to go beyond mere CHANGE. In the above example, what's missing is the key component to what's missing in any situation in which we want something to be different: the element of giving something up. In order for us to make a significant alteration in that change cycle that doesn't work, we have to be willing to give something up. In the 25 cents example, that means I have to be willing to completely give up my 25 cents (in whatever combination I'm left with) and replace that with something completely new (like a pencil or a piece of gum).

That, I propose, is what's been missing in our quest for CHANGE - the concept of giving something up in order to get something new that LASTS OVER TIME.

What do you think?

Next time ... words with their own baggage.

 


2 Comments:

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Altruistic Ventures said...

Hello all this is Altruistic Ventures ~

Random thoughts about this blog....

I think that Jodee illuminates some very good points. Most of the time we human beings are caught up in our own thinking patterns of our past experience. There is not very much wondering thought in the world today. We should focus on that as a species and create the "action" of evolving our paradigms of thought and interaction.

A great facet of her Blog is as follows:

Insight without action makes no difference so although we've got to start with making our small talk bigger, it can't stop there. What can we commit to actually DOING that will make our circles of influence more influential? It's that whole "Pay it forward" concept.

How many people out there know what "Pay It Forward" is? If not, rent the movie, it will touch, move, or inspire you to say the least.

Here's my thoughts and what I try to do and spread everyday. If I can shine a light into someone’s day, I feel great in that moment and the feeling continues through out the entire day for me and for the person with whom I shared that moment in time with. I try to make everyone that I interact with smile, no matter who the person is or who I think they are. Human beings like to feel mentally and emotionally strong, and in control. What happens if you could possible brighten 100 peoples day with that same thought or interaction? Those 100 people will pay it forward with their own respective good moods and THEN it exponentially gets to be fun! 1000 then 4000 then 10,000 then 1,000,000!

I've checked out the solution people website and it looks to me like an evolved way to interact concerning innovation and human interaction. Don't take my word for it, check it out in your own personal experience. www.solutionpeople.com

All through human history true genius and creativity has been sporadic in its discovery. Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else sees, and thinking what nobody else has thought. So the key to authentic thought? Invention. Picasso, Edison, Galileo, Cro-Magnon man discovering fire, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, etc. These people were introspective enough to interact with life (in the physical world) and also were in touch with what was inside of them, their gift, and their truth. Some people it's art, some it’s music, some people it's invention. But life rewards people who live by the adage "Know Thyself" FIRST then interact with the world. As a human species today we are a tighter communicated group of living, breathing mammals. And therefore physical boundaries are threatened by the now closer proximity to our inner selves. (Which, as a whole, the people on this planet are not very authentic at all; hence-forth life has been called a “game,” a “theater,” a “play,” because we are all acting. Now we are at the point where technology can let us be mentally closer. That’s the next step of human evolution. Realization of listening. Realization of ethics. Mastery of thought.

Keep posting Jodee, you are on the right track. Illuminate the world with insight and love.

Margaret Mead said:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Peace...

~ Live ~ Love ~ Create ~

Altruistic Ventures

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Jodee said...

Marty:

This is what I hoped would come of this blog - thoughtful commentary that really does raise the level of our small talk. Thank you for beginning the bar-raising!

Jodee

 

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