For years people have been telling to stick to one thing – that was until I realised it was never going to happen. Today I listened to Omar Hatamleh and his talk reasonated with me.
He described there are two types of personalities: farmers and hunters.
Farmers are people who like routines, get on with their work and plough the fields continously. Hunters like explore, experiment and do different things pushing the boundaries and going further out.
From 3D printing in space to cross pollution of ideas of new products, Omar challenges the status quo of what happens when we stay still and what is the potential of allowing those ideas to grow and expand.
The fears of AI may be real, and the acceptance of it is probably a better position, than resisting it. If we embrace change with both hands we may actually not fail, but rather strive in the depths of the challenge
He spent time speaking on failure, and re-framing it as not failure but rather as reframing and trying, reinterating again and again. He gave the example of dyson, a humble vaccum cleaner – yet it took hundreds of iteration before coming to the final high powered vaccum clearner.
Perhaps the traditional thought of – if it ain’t broken don’t fix it- needs a rethink.
Is it enough to just keep things the way they are?
What is it that you would like to have, yet not started thinking/doing?
If it is true that 60% of the jobs of the future have not yet been created or known then is it not true that we are going to have to be open in any event?
What is risk?
One of the most amazing images he showed, was aman having climbed on the top of a hill, enjoying the view and admiring the blue skies.
If risk is deemed as an opportunity, then does it mean more people will take risk?
How about the senior management?
There is a pattern, isn’t there. For all the success stories we have heard, all of them have received some form of rejection. In fact if we look and listen deeply, they have received more rejections than probably tolerable for the average person.
Yet, it is that kind of determination that strengthens their personality, character and vision.
This cycle of starting, failing, tested and weathering the rain, is also a rite of passage to success.
When we swim the shores of great oceans, climb huge mountains and reach great heights, it is almost like overcoming our own uncertainty and finding clarity that yes, we can do it.
If all good ideas get killed off, half way, then knowing where that half way mark is important.
So the moral of the story is?
Don’t give up!
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Founder & Convenor, NewSpace2060 International Moon Pitch Competition