Hustle & Grind III
In life, it is those who do things a little different that we remember. Those who follow the crowd like sheep are quickly forgotten, but those that disrupt are praised and often idolised. If you want to change the game, this article is for you.
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things - they push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs.
In our modern age, businesses jostle endlessly for market dominance and overall control of their particular industry. It’s nothing short of corporate brutality. The big market players crush thousands of businesses each year, but those who ride out this storm are often willing to disrupt.
Similarly, your life is a zero-sum game. Each ‘participant’ in the game of life has his or her societal position. If one participant experience a gain or loss of utility that is exactly balanced by the gains or losses of the utility of other life participants. To experience a gain you need to find your competitive advantage; a way to shift the goal posts of your existence. Redefine who you are. Redefine the rules.
Examples of those willing to disrupt can be found everywhere around you. One notable example of disruptive technology, that has the potential to impact every industry on the planet, is the introduction of 3D printing. We could print the chair you sit on, the clothes you are wearing, the house you live in, and even the organs that keep you alive. According to Forbes the 3D Printing industry is expected to grow from $10 billion in early 2018 to £21 billion in 2020.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” - Walt Disney
If you want to change the game you must have unwavering belief in your ability to do so. You keep going while other rest. The energy and courage needed to challenge the status quo is monumental, which is why only a few people ever succeed in this endeavour. To be truly successful, and to outperform those around you, the desire to disrupt must be pervasive. One step at a time, keep moving forward. Become obsessed and enjoy the process.
Elon Musk is the perfect example of someone who will never stop trying to change the game, particularly in the realm of space technology. When Elon Musk started SpaceX he had a dream to make space travel routine and affordable, yet naysayers tried to cast gloom on his ambitious plans. However, Musk’s persistence has resulted in creating rockets that are significantly lower than other launch companies. China’s low-cost Long-March rocket even said it could not beat Space X’s pricing for the Falcon 9 rocket, which worked out at less than $2500 per pound to orbit. It’s his belief in doing the impossible that allows him to change the game (and more than once!).
Fail. And Fail Some More
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
Most people can never adopt a game-changing mentality because they are too scared to fail. Improvement cannot happen without a willingness to do something wrong. James Dyson, the founder of Dyson vacuums with a net worth of over $4.6 billion, spent 15 years making over 5000 prototypes of his vacuum cleaner until he created the successful product. Yes, he failed over 5000 times over 15 years. As long as you keep moving forward and understand these failures can only make you stronger, there is no reason why you cannot be in the exclusive list of game changers.
Be brave. Stake your reputation on your success. The heroic leader’s strength lies not just in their vision, but in their willingness to keep going when things go wrong. Move the goalposts and redefine the rules of the game.