Of pilots and birds

The twisted roads and railways game of snakes and ladders maps play.


When chartering a new course involving a certain starting point right through to a final destination, planning is most definitely involved. Decisions involving routes ensue and once the path is mapped out commitment to the plan is essential to reach the desired venue. Discussions involving the best route, the safest route, the most traveled, the least traveled, the scenic route or for the truly adventurous: the route you pioneer that others will follow or not. But here one must decide and be quite specific about it too for fear of paths leading off cliffs, which only in dreams seem a positive thing symbolizing challenge and change, will indeed bring about your swift demise in reality. A birds-eye view of maps is often confusing to the untrained eye, one can get lost in the twisted roads and railways game of snakes and ladders it plays. Birds and pilots flying high in the sky, the two certainly meet on this point: they both know their territory well, in fact, it is a matter of survival that they do. To prevent a collision course in the skies strict protocol must be adhered to as far as airplanes and pilots go at least, for birds this is a matter of instinct. In business, this is also true.

In business, we seek to marry the two: Instinct and plans with specific outcomes. Instinct, however, is based on experience. It’s a conglomerate of thoughts and actions amassed over time, having been put through a test of sifting and sorting for the right fit to the right situation. Master of the skies birds fly across various spaces scanning and collecting ‘mapping data’, storing to memory places they would return to again and again. We must become masters at business, masters of trade to develop an instinct or in other words, a ‘knowing’. Instinct is really ‘a trained knowing’; a gut feeling we’ve come to trust because of our shared experiences. Why is instinct important? Because it’s not possible to know all the answers all the time. There will be times when you have done all that you can do; still, you and your team are struggling to come to an agreement of what to do next. Or when someone tells you: “No, I don’t think you should do it that way”. But you feel it is the right thing for you to do right now. This is when you must consider your gut.

How can we develop instinct in our business:

  • Observe others in the business
  • Become a master/expert of your chosen field
  • Apply yourself to studying and learning from influential books and people
  • Question the process and come up with possible scenarios for success or failure
  • Ask for advice
  • Take calculated risks
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" Albert Einstein

Specific outcomes

Speaks of thorough planning. Dealing with a more technical approach to going about decision making. A sitting or standing action of good old fashioned writing down dreams, goals, plans; and a detailed account of how you will achieve them.

Strategically, intentionally forging ahead with well reasoned, well-researched information that will help you achieve the success you desire. There is a treasure trove of resources one can investigate and utilize to assist in this regard. One of the most debilitating of all afflictions in business is laziness. One cannot stress enough the importance of doing due diligence and to actively seek to dispel all that threatens to fly in the face of this within our business. Your business is a reflection of you, if you want to look good do good.

How can we plan better:

  • Be disciplined
  • Steer clear of distractions
  • Set a schedule by which you do things and stick to it
  • Reward yourself for tasks to stay motivated
  • Keep a journal
  • Be accountable to a colleague, friend or spouse, allow them to help you through your journey
  • Stick it up on the wall, let it be visual. Perhaps turn it into an artwork and frame it in your office space.
  • Don’t let your emotions overrule logic

Map out a business strategy. Make sense of the “snakes and ladders” and become a master of the territory. How can we do this, to be frank:

  1. Choose a business you want to start
  2. Write out a Business Plan
  3. Execute that plan
"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else" Yogi Berra

Yes, it is that simple.

Here is an article about how to go about writing a business plan and why it is important to have one: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247574

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