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distinctions leadership Oct 22, 2018

Before I begin telling you what I think, I want to establish that I am a “dumb shit” who doesn’t know much relative to what I need to know. Whatever success I’ve had in life has more to do with my knowing how to deal with my not knowing than anything I know. - Ray Dalio, Principles

Hold both arms and hands in front of you, thumbs out. Which one makes an "L"? That's not an answer as much as a distinction, relative to any current perspective.

Answers are cheap, I think. When was the last time you got what you really wanted in business, relationships, and life? Hint: people don't really care what you know. 

Use distinctions instead. Distinctions are not truths. They are tools. Tools that help us make more clear and informed decisions and better navigate self, others, and the world around us.

A handful come to mind in leadership, relationships and business

  • Desire vs admiration
  • Choice vs decision
  • From vs towards
  • Thought vs presence
  • Push vs pull
  • Love vs fear
  • Hope vs reality
  • Fair vs acceptance
  • Understanding vs understood
  • Need vs want
  • Thinking vs being
  • Respond vs react
  • Knowledge vs wisdom
  • Compassion vs pity
  • Creation vs problem-solving
  • Responsibility vs accountability
  • Caring vs care-taking
  • Failure vs mistake
  • Lead vs manage

Leaders aren't responsible for the results. Leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results though. What got you here isn't going to get you there. 


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