I love me some history. It’s one of my favorite topics for good reading, movies, podcasts and documentaries.
They say history repeats itself. I wonder why, if true (most likely is)?
When the Mongols have your castle surrounded, what do you do? (For fun, let’s use the Mongols as metaphor.)
EXAMPLE: Everyone is a photographer. Photography as a business model has almost dried up. Cell phones have replaced professional photography. They are EVERYWHERE. You are completely surrounded.
What do you do?
Whine, rant, complain, bemoan, blame and play victim?
Or do you learn. From your mistakes, from history, so history doesn’t repeat itself.
It seems a cultural mindset: Why take responsibility for yourself when you can find a reason for failure? Not your fault. Something or someone else is to blame.
Playing the blame game gets you off the hook.
Any excuse will do, since one is as good as the other.
Here’s the thing. You don’t have to go there. When the Mongols have you surrounded you fight back.
You strategize. You ACT. Never complain about it. Or blame. Or play victim.
I consider myself lucky. I never, ever liked the blame-game. I got it very young in life that this is THE MOST dis-empowering and weakest of weak mindsets.
It’s pure poison. Plain and simple.
When you learn from history, when you have a plan, any plan, and get on it, things start to happen.
But you gotta have the right mindset and plan before you act.
We’re going to talk about this idea in greater detail on June 2/19 in Oakville with Maggie and myself leading the charge.