March 31, 2009

Headwinds & Wobble

Posted in Business, Life, Technology tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:09 am by lindaslongview

wb-actionWhen I was running with my friends Sunday morning, the headwind at the outset was strong. Our progress slowed to a crawl along the trail.  As we chatted, inquiries as to the condition of my ankle (six weeks post-sprain) heard reports of recovery – even a wobble on Friday’s run “righted” perfectly as pre-injury.  And then, as we continued to chat about the economy and technology, I realized that the P’s of overcoming obstacles for running apply to technology business too.

On Running:

  • Keep Perspective:  When there is a headwind out, there will be a tailwind on return (and sure enough, we flew back).
  • Be Patient:  My friends continue to commend me for taking the long view and being patient with my ankle.   I did not run for 4 weeks, I rehabilitated through swimming and targeted exercise, and when I returned to running, I slowly increased distance with time.
  • Maintain Persistence:  I worked hard to regain proprioception by strengthening my ankle with balance (wobble) boards.
  • Create Positivity:  My friends enjoy and encourage a positive attitude; we see the glass as half-full.

On Technology Business:

  • Keep Perspective:  When there are technical challenges, it is important to recognize that they are competitive opportunities.  Each solution becomes a barrier-to-entry for competitors.
  • Be Patient:  In a desperate economy, there will always be significant pressure to attempt to do too much too quickly.  However, doing too much is foolish because it dilutes resources and increases the risk for success in any single effort.   The long view encourages prioritization and sequencing of effort to achieve the greatest productivity and opportunity for success.
  • Maintain Persistence:  Key insights are achieved by diligence, being mentally prepared to recognize when key insights have been realized, and acceptance of breadth (be open to “not invented here” – look to other technologies for similar problems and generalize solutions).
  • Create Positivity:  Staff, customers, investors, and the media are human and thereby obey the law of attraction (subject of ch. 2, How to Be Useful:  A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work by Hustad). Authentically projecting positivity and confidence about your technology will encourage others to do the same!
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3 Comments »

  1. Janet said,

    Linda, blog is lookin good! Posts are great!

    So glad you found a community of people that you can relate to.

  2. Sarah said,

    Very cool “P’s”. I think it’s interesting that you juxtaposed a physical injury with technology. Wonderful stuff!

    Very sleek site as well. Thumbs up! 🙂

  3. […] Last week, a member of Triiibes posted about a specific business idea that led to many responses. Most applauded her idea and encouraged her to proceed. One participant requested clarification on why someone should do business with her. When I read her response, I was dissatisfied because half of her responses were either slightly negative or negative. If she reframed her responses (and thinking) to be much more positive, she would benefit from the Law of Attraction, which follows the long view advice of Create Positivity (Headwinds and Wobble). […]


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