Obstacle is the way - Big Ideas

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1. Former Intel CEO, Andy Grove said: In face of crisis

1.1. bad companies

1.1.1. destroyed by it

1.2. good companies

1.2.1. survive the crisis

1.3. great companies

1.3.1. improved by crisis

2. 1. How we perceive = How much power we have

2.1. Its not about what the obstacle is, but

2.1.1. How we perceive it

2.1.1.1. Can we perceive this obstacle as something that will help us?

2.1.1.2. Or will we give in to the fear?

2.1.2. How we act towards it

2.1.3. The above 2 will define our success

2.1.4. Rockefeller

2.1.4.1. Can we see opportunity in every disaster?

2.1.4.2. The greater the chaos, the calmer he became

2.1.4.3. "oh how blessed are the young men who have to struggle for a foundation and a beginning in life"

2.2. Manage Emotions

2.2.1. When sending astronauts to space

2.2.1.1. The most important skill astronauts were trained for

2.2.1.1.1. Art of Not panicking

2.2.1.1.2. Emotional regulation

2.2.2. Obstacles will test our emotions

2.2.2.1. But we must be able to manage and use those emotions against the obstacle

2.2.2.2. Rather than getting consumed by those emotions

2.3. Change your perspective on the obstacle

2.3.1. We can't change the obstacle

2.3.2. But we can change how we perceive obstacles

2.3.2.1. And that change in perspective will change how the obstacle appears to us

2.3.3. George Clooney

2.3.3.1. first few years in Hollywood

2.3.3.1.1. Got rejected at a lot auditions

2.3.3.2. Changed his perspective

2.3.3.2.1. Casting is an obstacle for producers as well.

2.3.3.2.2. I am their solution

2.3.3.3. Started landing roles!

2.4. Amplify your power by focussing on what is within your realm of power/influence/control

2.4.1. Tommy John - pitcher

2.4.1.1. Played 26 seasons in MLB

2.4.1.2. Blew out his arm in 1974 season

2.4.1.2.1. It was called "dead arm"

2.4.1.2.2. Players didnt come back

2.4.1.3. He wanted a solution

2.4.1.3.1. Doctors suggested experimental surgery

2.4.1.4. Went for the surgery

2.4.1.4.1. Did everything in his power to come back from the surgery

2.4.1.4.2. Pitched for 13 more seasons

2.4.1.5. Now the surgery is named after him: Tommy John surgery

2.4.1.6. He used to say: "I will die before I quit"

2.4.1.7. Refer to The confidence Gap and attempting the impossible

2.4.1.8. Refer to Executive Toughness and Relentless Solution Focus

2.4.2. Every bit of energy directed on what we cant control is wasted

3. 2. Action

3.1. Demosthenes - Action, Action, Action

3.1.1. Born Sickly and frail

3.1.1.1. Had speech impediment

3.1.1.2. Everyone laughed at him

3.1.2. Was cheated out of his inheritance by his guardians

3.1.3. As he was growing up, he decided to take the guardians to court

3.1.3.1. Even though he had a speech impediment

3.1.4. Learned the law

3.1.4.1. Locked himself underground in order to study

3.1.5. Decided to learn how to speak well

3.1.5.1. Would practice speaking with pebbles in his mouth

3.1.5.2. Practiced speaking while running up steep terrain

3.1.6. Became the greatest orator in Athens

3.1.7. When asked how he did it, he said

3.2. Amelia Earhart - Always think with your stick forward

3.2.1. Wanted to be an aviator in 1920s

3.2.1.1. But was constantly denied because she was a woman

3.2.1.2. Wanted to fly across atlantic

3.2.1.2.1. Said yes to an offer to fly her across atlantic with other male pilots. She was not allowed to pilot. Just sit

3.2.1.2.2. Other pilots made a lot of money. She was given nothing

3.2.1.3. 5 years later

3.2.1.3.1. Flew non-stop solo across the atlantic

3.2.2. Start where you are. Dont delay.

3.2.2.1. Painted on the side of her plane:

3.2.2.1.1. "Always think with your stick forward"

3.2.2.1.2. You can never slow down your flying speed or you will crash to the ground

3.2.3. "The most effective way to do it is to do it"

3.2.4. "The more one does, the more one can do"

3.3. "The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged chance, conquered the chance, and made chance the servitor. ---E. H. CHAPIN

3.4. Recommended Reading, Videos, Mindmaps: Undefeated Mind - ALex Lickerman

3.4.1. Expect it to be 10x harder

4. 3. Willpower and Perseverance

4.1. Amor Fati: Love what happens

4.1.1. Fire at Edison's factory

4.1.1.1. At the age of 67

4.1.1.1.1. Fire at his factory

4.1.1.1.2. Go get your mom ... she has never seen a fire like this

4.1.1.2. Told reporters the next day

4.1.1.2.1. I've been through a lot of things like this

4.1.1.2.2. Prevents us from being afflicted by ennui

4.1.1.3. Lost $1 Million because of fire

4.1.1.3.1. $23 million in today's $

4.1.1.4. Made $10 Million in revenue

4.1.1.4.1. $230 Million in todays $

4.1.2. It's all fuel

4.1.2.1. I am grateful for it

4.1.3. This is what I get to do!

4.2. Sitzfleisch

4.2.1. German for "Staying power"

4.2.1.1. Endurance

4.2.2. Perseverance over arches persistence

4.2.2.1. Persistence in action

4.2.2.1.1. Our actions can sometimes be limited by situations

4.2.2.2. Perseverance in thoughts

4.2.2.2.1. But our thoughts and will power are indomitable

4.2.3. Emerson

4.2.3.1. "With the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear"

4.2.4. We must decide that Momentum and defeat are not exclusive to each other

4.2.4.1. We can keep moving and going even if we've been stopped in one direction

4.2.4.2. We can find another way as long as we keep moving

4.2.4.3. You can have momentum even though there might be defeats along the way

4.2.5. Recommended Reading, videos, mindmaps: Grit by Angela Duckworth

5. Marcus Aurelius:

5.1. "Our actions may be impeded . . . but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting."

5.2. "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way."