In Rearview:

2020 has been a year of torment and expression. A year of very public, private, and personal anguish. Extraordinary circumstances, painfully affecting the most vulnerable.

Time, as always, has maintained its’ course. Independent of everything and without discretion. Values are rarely tested until times’ winged feet takes afoot and throws our history into disarray.

Either we own the beliefs or we sideline everything with the expectation that time is on our side.

Time is apolitical, non binary, and indiscriminate.

Don’t let it slide. Uphold what actually defines who we are, independent of time.

Working Together, but….

Ironically, human nature is an obstacle, in of itself, to progress. We form groups, collectives, and establish mission statements with the ‘right’ intent. Yet, ‘credit’ misaligns ‘impact. Recognition is fair only when it’s due and fair.

Rich , not so smart, people continue to cut checks for recognition. Elitists maintain status through engravings. But, they never do the work.

Anonymity is not faceless. It’s a mindset, promoted by the ones that that show up and do the work. They accept their existence in the smallest way possible to ensure reform.

The credit belongs to the unknown artists who change everything.

Buying an experience vs. Making an experience

Cutting corners is, in actuality, a shorter path to nowhere. Artists that pay to be seen are con-artists. Artists that sublimate through doing the work, feeling the pain, and experiencing the growth are the artists that win.

They are the ones that earn the right to call themselves artists. And they are, ultimately, the ones that create the meaningful change we seek.

Linear Vs. Logarithmic

News outlets are focused on visualizing the pandemic, illustrating the leading and lagging indicators to map the virus’s progression, behavior, and growth. Given what we know, statistically, the predictive approach intends to inform, as an approximation. Where it is. Where it is going. In this case, we’re following the data logarithmically. It shows change, rate, behavior, and can be used to model the future.

Incidentally, our current isolation is forcing a deeper, more personal, dilemma; choice. Human nature is to continually believe that choices will always persevere time. Now, the only choice is to make one or even several. For all of us, these coming weeks will involve several life changing decisions.

Despite the pain, we have to embrace the notion that each improvement will positively reform ourselves and each other. Each growth choice will escalate us from one plateau to the next, exponentially, to be more than a surviver. Time and choice are the two coefficients that we can use to influence a positive regression.

The world will not be the same, but it can be significantly better if we level up logarithmically.

S.D

Distancing is difficult for the extrovert and often easier for the introvert. However, eliminating our need for human connection is challenging for all. While challenging, the exercise should motivate ourselves to think about the idea of distancing and how we can best deal with detaching from things that cause us harm, despite how important it may ‘seem’.

Versions

For many, the current tech-tooling-workflow environment is overwhelmed by options. On average, an employee at any medium sized company, is likely to utilize 5 separate, if not more, platforms, at any given time. However helpful these integrations may be, they’re also additive in nature. The deeper we travel in search of ‘version’s to improve our-workflow; the wider the depth. This depth then becomes a deep, difficult to navigate, sludge; with very little visibility.

Human nature is to seek out solutions, at the expense of time and at the peril of not knowing what we need. Our best tooling options are the ones we know we need to do our best work; to stay above water. To avoid the deep end. And to that end, our work is better served either as an extension of ourselves or the purpose that we are collectively connected to.

In almost any discipline, the best solution is a simple facilitator to what we already do. Not 10 alternatives.

Find the tooling that keeps you above water and moving forward.