Things Liam Neeson Taught Me

Liam NeesonI’ve always hoped that, should I find myself in imminent danger, I would naturally evolve into Liam Neeson.

He has become my spirit-totem-guide-human.

Having adopted my WWLND mindset I’ve learned things.

1. A phone call can be a game-changer.

Communicating with people is all about perception. Your control (or lack thereof) lies largely in the tone you take and the way that is decoded. The problem with text based communiqué is that the tone applied to your words is a product of the reader’s assumptions.

Neeson lesson? If you want to take back your full stake in the situation, pick up the phone and take proper control of your tone.

2. Trust a specialist. Ask for help.

“My father was fond of saying you need three things in life – a good doctor, a forgiving priest, and a clever accountant.” – Schindler’s List (1993)

Sometimes you need to ask the guy who’s done it a million times, regardless of what your ego tells you. I’m all for confidence in one’s own abilities, but if you never ask the experts you can never become one of them. You need to learn the rules before you can break or bend them.

3. Strategy and innovation go hand in hand.

“I believe that no matter how random things may appear, there’s still a plan.” – The A Team (2010)

First step – there needs to be a plan. Seriously, there needs to be a plan. Not kidding. Do not wing things you care about. Stepping stones, intentions, goals – anything. You need a target. Find it. You need a path. Go make one.

Second step – you need to be flexible with aforementioned plan. Master these things concurrently and any situation will be your b*tch… or as my mother would prefer I say, “much easier”.

4. Good people know things. Bad people know things.

Captain Neeson trained Batman and Darth Vader. That makes two of his areas of expertise Ninja-Vigilantism… and The Dark Side of The Force.

Good character traits? Bad character traits? Debatable. The point is for you to learn.

Learn it all. Learn the best approach, learn what not to do.

And here’s the really hard lesson…

Sometimes the best way to ensure you don’t perform badly is to have somebody treat you or someone near you poorly. You will vehemently swear never to become like them and you will mean it. It’s a hard road, but it pays off if you make the most of your experience in a way that grows you.

Teachers really do come from anywhere.

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The Peachy Thing About Uncertainty…

The peachy thing about uncertainty is that when everything else is equal, the cards are still heavily stacked in your favour.

In other words, when all things are considered,
including uncertainty,
they are not equal…

And vigilantly remembering this can make all the difference.

Got it? That one’s worth getting: All things are not equal.

– Mike Dooley (Notes from the Universe)

Steve Jobs – Visionary

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Wired, February, 1995

“You’ll need to travel much lighter…”

“You’ll need to travel much lighter, so please, peel off your armor. Wipe that forty-pound sneer of doubt off your face. Bury your broken-down theories by the side of the path and donate all your unnecessary props to the birds and the bees. Strip down, in other words, to the bare minimum. Where you’re going all you’ll need are your good looks and a big fresh attitude.”

… C/- Mr Rob Brezny.