Call for Humans
Looking for like-minded people
Time is precious, so I am going to focus on finding and collaborating with like-minded people.
To achieve this, I'm going to broadcast my intent clearly so people can find me as well as others out there who share these values.
If the following ideas resonate with you and you are willing to actually practice these values, that's great, speak up. Let's see how we can find ways to collaborate and move forward more effectively.
1. Play a win-win game
Zero sum thinking perceives situations as zero-sum games, where one person’s loss is another person’s win. This mindset leads to a tiny and destructive ecosystem with no growth, where every participant suffers from the prisoner's dilemma. A winner among losers is just a proud loser. There are better games we can play. We can play a win-win game.
2. Make a pie worth competing for
When you have a tiny pie, you can either choose to focus on growing the pie or focus on taking as much as you want of it even if it's not worth fighting for. Competition is great only when the pie is worth competing for. Also, you can compete AND grow the pie simultaneously, these are not mutually exclusive concepts.
3. Show by doing, not by telling
If you think you know a secret others don’t, then go do it instead of telling people what they should be doing or should not be doing. If it works, people will naturally follow. If it fails, you've learned a great unique lesson which no one else can have. You can then knowledge share with the rest of the ecosystem if it make sense, or move forward with your newly acquired unique competitive advantage.
4. Be encouraging
No one knows the future. And there is no right or wrong answer. There is nothing to gain by discouraging other people for doing something "wrong" other than stroking your own ego. While Silicon Valley is criticized for many aspects of what it has become, there is still one core quality that made it great: It created a culture of encouragement. No matter how "stupid" an idea sounded like, people would encourage them to do it, because guess what, a lot of these "stupid" ideas went on to change the world. Even if someone fails, people would congratulate them on the failure. This is the type of environment from which creative innovation can arise.