How To Personally Thrive In A Disrupted System

Capitalism’s greatest strength has always been its ability to adapt and redefine itself. It an effective system that takes the environments feedback and self-adjusts.

Simple. Until it’s not. Capitalism is losing its flexible and adaptability. We’ve pushed it too far! The conflict has never been higher and the world is too tense. Most of which comes from the small intolerant minority,

It’s time to fix what’s broken in your part of the world (Capitalism may take a while).

The old way got us here but it’s not getting us out. We need to look at a new way of doing things.

We need to start looking at the systems we live in. We need to see the rhythm, the patterns and the ebbs and the flows of these rhythms. We need to start understanding them more objectively.

That means getting past your personal biases. But how do you do that? A starting point is to stop being so right about everything. And when you stop being right, you stop being wrong. And then you start learning from your experiences.

A healthy system is built on healthy relationships. It’s a good place to start. None of us wants a dysfunctional relationship. We don’t want to be bullied. To have our thinking manipulated. So, Stand up. Take note of what you see. Think for yourself. Start being more objectively. And respond, objectively.

In a healthy system, information flows freely. This creates transparency. It decentralises everything. Decisions and actions happen where the information flows to, rather than to where it forced to go. So give up the control. It’s an illusion anyway. Stop being the roadblock or the bottleneck.

And finally, a system needs a purpose. Just like you do. What’s the purpose of our society, our politics, our business? What do we want to achieve in life?

This is a good start. It will make a difference. So start to think differently. Only then will you thrive.

Originally published at michaelcowen.co.za.

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Michael Cowen

Michael Cowen

Michael Cowen is the CEO of WTF and co-host on the ThinkWTF Podcast. I focus on helping business build systems to respond to exponential change and thrive. You can book my keynotes on WTF Keynotes

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