Monday 5 August 2019

Small wins in small games lead to the big results (HT E. F. Schumacher)

It's obvious that many politicians haven't read this book.

If they had and taken appropriate action the world would be a very different place and troubles like poverty, climate change and trade wars, not to mention a broken financial system that causes inequality, would not be keeping concerned citizens awake at night.

I've been very fortunate that my mentors of 40 years ago were savvy in the art of small wins in small games lead to the big results.

I'm glad I paid attention an eventually mastered the art too.

I was also lucky to learn about the true science of quantum leaps and the wonderful philosophy called 'the aggregation of marginal gains.'

My great lesson is that focus on big goals leads to even bigger disappointment. The trick is to be crystal clear on the goal and then focus only on the quantum leaps.

Having a plan and co-promises on a page is how I stay focused. I use the same conversation focusing tool to help my clients stay focused.

Who will you become?

What will you do next?

Be remarkable.

PS Some astoundingly accurate observations from E. F. Schumacher bearing in mind he made them in the 1970's and earlier:

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

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