In a world in turbulence, you need fitness, movement and resilience.
Exponential and self-amplifying technology
I just finished reading a few scare books about where technology is going to bring us. As human beings, we do not understand exponential or self-amplifying. Particularly the impact on humanity. Richard Watson has written about it extensively. For example in “Digital versus human”.“Life 3.0” is not that dissimilar. We need to be careful what we wish for.
The coming clash between man and machine
The icing on the cake is “Technology vs Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine“. We are talking a mental arms race. Either technology (and the companies that own that technology) will control, or you will.
I wrote a book, “Future trends, slow down or go faster”. Boy oh boy, do I think we need to slow down. We need to become mentally resilient against the coming mind war. Controlling your mind, body, spirit. Because it goes hand in hand.
“A healthy mind in a healthy body” is a well-known motto. “You are what you eat” is another one. They are age-old pearls of wisdom. The Lindy effect. What was true thousands of years ago, is likely to be true now. Which is why you should sometimes ignore science.
Move, eat, sleep
The book that springs to mind for me is “Move, eat, sleep”, although the focus of that books is more on nutrition. One interesting fact. Sitting is as bad as smoking. Sitting kills.
Your body as a programming tool
I can’t remember where, but I read that using Botox can influence your mood. The state of your face determines how you feel. Same with body language. You can use body language to influence your mood. Basically using your body as a programming tool. I think that is why they invented Tai Chi. The Lindy effect again.
When you start reading up about, you also realise that the body is the instrument to get into an altered mental state. “Stealing Fire” talks about “Flow dojos” where they study how we move our body affect our brain and mind. Navy Seals as a prime example. Their training and selection is mind over matter, but also body-mind.
I do not think you can be mindful and not be aware of your body and the importance of movement. Sharks die when they do not move. The same applies to business. Movement is everything. In a world that is increasingly complex, the only thing you can do is move. Business plans are useless. You can only find out by doing.
Even in innovation, movement is now seen as the key to success. Iteration as the way to develop new ideas.
In the context of entrepreneurship, Seth Godin in “Poke the box” refers to what he calls “instigation capital”. The ability to do. That is what sets apart the real entrepreneurs. The ability to do and execute.
If you would translate that into leadership, I would suggest that in the future that leaders that are not physically fit, will not be leaders for long. It would be number one on the selection criteria for recruitment. People with pot bellies need not apply. If you do not meditate, do not apply.
Character, grit and discipline
If you are an ex-Navy Seal or MasterChef, please do apply. If you are participating in iron man/women event, please apply. Forget resumes. Look for character, grit and discipline. Synonymous with resilience and movement.