Management has a lot in common with gardening. You put all your effort into creating the optimal environment, and then you get out of the way. The seed will know what to do.
A common argument in the copyright “to be or not the be”-discussion, is the following:
“But I create these books/music/whatever so I can feed my children and pay my rent. If I wasn’t paid, I wouldn’t be doing this. And the world will miss out on my knowledge. How can I survive without copyright?”
Well, to this I say:
Technically, you’re right. But from what we can see from looking at the new economy where copyright doesn’t matter anymore, you’re looking at it from the wrong perspective.
Instead of focusing on what you would lose if your work wasn’t copyrighted, try to look at the things that you can still charge for. There will always be things that we can’t copy, such as your body for example. Use your books as marketing. Get your word out and people will still happily pay you for having you there, in person, giving them advice. They might even be willing to pay more since they know you bring the good stuff!
Communication, service and creativity are worth a billion. Knowledge, isn’t worth a dime anymore. The sooner you realize this, the better you’re off.
We have to stop looking at knowledge as commercial goods. Knowledge isn’t a money making machine and trying to monetize on every transaction where a certain piece of information is passed from one person to another is just crazy.
I know it’s scary. It’s all counter intuitive at first, and once you take the leap it’s pretty much impossible to go back.
But we make money from delivering value. And I can sit around all day, with all the knowledge in the world, and still do nothing to make the world a better place.
Schools really have to wake up and realize this too.
What’s the best thing you can do as a business owner?
Hire Rock Stars.
What’s the worst thing you can do as a business owner?
Hire Rock Stars and tell them what to do.
The status quo are made up of and protected by rules. Rules of what you can or can’t do. Some of them are written down, most of them are not. Some of them are even unspoken.
Want to change the world? Want this to be a better place? Start by breaking a few rules.
- Don’t wait until you get a promotion before you start taking responsibility.
- Don’t wait to get permission from someone before you start.
- Don’t wait until new year before you start exercising or eating healthy.
- Don’t wait for something good to happen in order to be happy.
- Don’t wait for that grand lottery price.
- Don’t wait for politicians to speak for you.
- Don’t wait until you get fired before you start educating yourself.
Set your goals. Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you wait for someone else to get you there, you’re going nowhere.
It’s easy to think tomorrow, next week, next month, in a few years, but as long as your waiting, your still waiting and nothing gets done.
In order to really change something, you have to lose something. But once you’ve built or bought something, you are reluctant to get rid of it. As we grow older, we corner ourselves with things that limit our ability to be creative.
If you are going to do amazing work, you have to break free from the fear of losing.
I see two ways of being a great leader. The first one is working harder than everybody else, setting an example. It means sacrificing family, friends, most of your spare time and it doesn’t scale.
The other one scales, but it means sacrificing your own ability to do great work in order to let other do theirs.
Do you still want to be a leader? Most people I know don’t.