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What I mean by a “borrowed parallel paradigm” is that a paradigm out of my field of study or biz can help me shape – or reshape- my thinking and my doing.
It broadens my vision, or help me see the world through new lenses.

If I use Apple’s biz paradigm (mainly, a platform, to be studied) to improve my creative musician skills, it’s a win. However, it is not easy to draw parallel lines with those unrelated areas.

To create, to innovate, to shape, call it what you want, you need to borrow or shamelessly steal from unrelated industries, areas, businesses -even if the models are outdated- to make your very own product, be it a symphony or a startup.

That’s what Google does, what Amazon does, what a schmazillion of other successful people do. They succeed at what they aim for.
Success is not a one-size-fits-all word!

A pattern can be transposed successfully if applied in a clever way. If you stay in your area, you are likely to learn nothing. If you go where everyone else goes, you end up doing what everyone does. Is it what you want?

Picasso famously said that great artists steal. Is Picasso a great artist? This up to you to judge. The statement is true, though.

Today, the word artist has a broader meaning. A VP or a CEO can be artists, not because they are hobbyist painters or musicians, but because they -the succesful ones- totally pour themselves into what they do. Stravinsky used to say that a succesful piece of art is 99% work!

As far as I am concerned: I come from a very complex background.

I am a musician. That is the core of my being. 26 years of mayhem, and counting!

I sing, I play snare drum, timpani, vibraphone, drums, cello, viola da gamba, guitar, harpsichord, piano, organ… All those instruments have one thing in common: they require the use of fingers (in this case, parallels are drawn quite easily. Starting small is not a bad thing), and demand a very high degree of commitment.
I also produce, edit, mix and master. I started as a FOH engineer, but moved on to my comfy studio more as my back pain increased with FOH muck work. I am now settled.

However, I read business books, blogs about education, biographies, I love CDs and LPs artwork and do my own, I hang around with TED speakers, I study iOS programming and programming abstractions (courtesy of Stanford University). I read other people Ph.Ds’ stuff, too, no matter the subject.

How does all that relate? How does one model applies to the other to foster creativity? I’m diligently working on it.

Easy is not a word I can use to describe that task. I have to learn critical thinking, which is not taught at school/college.

I have to ask for mentorship, sometimes. I have to ask myself the right questions. It’s exhausting, and I already wanted to throw the towel many times. I didn’t, because I’m passionate about what I do.

Of course, it is easy to get lost into all those unrelated areas. Focus on your primary one and look around. How can you improve or change your existing model?

Borrow paradigms. Shamelessly. The more unrelated, the better.
Get the broadest scope you can get, yet keep in mind that you want to raise the bar of your primary activity, foster creativity and get smarter at what you do.

One last thing: don’t lose sight of your own goals.

I’d love to hear from you. You are encouraged to share your experiences and thoughts. Your personal info will never be shared.

Invert the tragedy to come…

“Invert the tragedy to come, and reclaim your future.
This is a call to arms, one quest at a time.”

Do you know the Swedish band In Flames? I just quoted one of their songs.

“Move through me” is the title of the song those lyrics are to be found in.

Let me ask you: What moves through you?
What is your burning desire?

Have you done something yet to achieve it?

If not, you’ll better start. Now.

There is no better place to start than where you are, no better time to start than NOW.

Have you been wishing, waiting, sighing for so long you can’t even remember?

Let’s have a bit of fun. Come with me through space and time.

We’ll start by the end. The solution. Your dream. Where you want to be.
Define it. What is it. What does it take to get it?

Once you have it clearly defined, ask yourself what is the step just before. Define it. Repeat until you reach the present. Where you’re now.

Make a clear difference: “The Now” is ABSOLUTE. Where you are now is relative.

When I told you that the best moment to start is now, I meant that it is relative. It is relative and personal. It is YOUR now.

There’s only one you. There’s only one me.

Makes sense? I hope so!

The tragedy is inverted. The tragic part is what will happen if you’re not proactive at all!

To coin a weird sentence again: “Know where you’re going from.”

I’m sure that what I wrote in a vague way will keep you away from NOT thinking.

Remember: I’m there to destroy the status quo. I live by my rules. Not by the rules a corporate world set and started to feed me with since my first day in school.

I respect and encourage those who feel good with their jobs to NOT quit.

I kick the butts of those who wish they could quit. They can. There is a transition period. Always. Don’t get discouraged. Phasing off is never easy.

Starting your own gig out of nothing is at your own risks.

The tragedy would be to have you failing.

There’s not ONE ABSOLUTE DEFINITION of failure.

It all comes down to your priorities and your values.

I’m not preaching. We don’t have to all be entrepreneurs. This is not what I want, this is not something I force you to become.

Follow me if you want.

Enough for this time. Next post, we’ll explore what “working ON” and “working IN” means.

Hint: it’s not the same.