Show Notes for Episode #17…
There’s a best-selling book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This was a book I enjoyed back in 2014, when it first came out and it’s filled with great insights for Retirepreneurs. We shared a clip from Essentialism author, Greg McKeown, where he examined what prevents otherwise capable, driven people from breaking through to the next level. The answer: SUCCESS.
Success often expands opportunities to such a large degree that over time, it becomes a catalyst for failure. The antidote? The disciplined pursuit of less, but better.
So how do you determine what’s essential? How can you truly know what’s worthy of attention and what’s not? According to McKeown, it’s not our ability to discern that hinders us. It’s that we don’t have the space to take the time to discern.
According to McKeown, we need to develop a routine that enables our ability to think. We need more time to think and process, not less. He shared that one CEO he counsels has two hours blocked off on his daily calendar – four half-hour segments, specifically devoted to thinking and processing.
When I first read McKeown’s book, I was working at a consulting firm where my definition of what’s essential and theirs wasn’t always syncing. This book was a double-edged sword, as it stirred up equal measures of excitement and angst. Ultimately, it played a pivotal role in my decision to go back out on my own – a decision that was difficult, but crucial in getting my personal and professional life back on track.
If you find yourself at a similar crossroads, give Essentialism a look. It just might spark a few work/life epiphanies for you, too.
Six degrees of separation – it’s a concept first proposed by an author back in 1929 – that any two people in the world are six or fewer steps away from one another via their “friend of a friend” chain.
Fast forward to 1994 and the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is born. Rumor has it, the idea spark happened during a winter snowstorm. A group of Albright College students were watching the movie, Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon… which was immediately followed by The Air Up There, another movie starring Kevin Bacon.
Then, they started thinking about how many movies Bacon had made and how many actors he had worked with. Hence, The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game was launched. As popularity grew, Kevin Bacon started to hear about this game and he wasn’t exactly thrilled. In fact, he was horrified. We shared more from a TEDx Midwest talk delivered by Kevin Bacon: The Six Degrees: Kevin Bacon at TEDx Midwest.
Now, a few lessons for Retirepreneurs from the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game…
LESSON #1: If you can’t fix it, feature it.
That best describes a smart pivot Bacon made. Think about it – a game that initially frustrated him ultimately became a force for good.
LESSON #2: When you say, “It’ll never last,” often, it does.
Never underestimate the power of word of mouth to spread new ideas, especially in today’s digital world. This game was first perceived as a fad that would never last, yet here we are, more than 20 years later and we’re still talking about it.
LESSON #3: Your network could tee up a wealth of new opportunities.
With tools like LinkedIn, friend-of-a-friend chains are more visible today. Are you trying to win time with an industry influencer? Chances are high that you’re only a couple of degrees away from making it happen.
Sharon Fisher, CEO and Chief Idea Sparker at Play with a Purpose.
Play With a Purpose is a firm that specializes in creating and producing impactful, interactive events that help participants remember the brand, the product, and the message. More importantly, Sharon’s talented team of event experience designers live by the Ben & Jerry’s credo, “If it’s not fun, why do it?”