For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away … .*
Civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe.**
(H. G. Wells)
It may not be in a written or electronic form, but we all have a curriculum vitae, a “course of life.”
Writing out your larger curriculum vitae can be a way of reflection.
A CV usually begins with educational qualifications and continue with work experience, jobs and positions. It might finally include other interests, and perhaps other related activities.
A larger CV would include the significant people in our lives: partners, mentors, children. It would also include transformative experiences.
As you reflect, does the CV unfold with a predictability that is somewhat painful to look upon?
Nassim Taleb writes concerning our predicament:
If you know in the morning, what your day looks like with any precision, you are a little bit dead – the more precision, the more dead you are.^
What such a life underlines is that everything is moving towards entropy.
Innovation can disrupt this inevitable, at least for a while:
Innovation … means finding new ways to apply energy to create improbable things and see them catch on.^^
“For a while” makes all the difference between existing and living.
CVs normally list things up to the present, but miss out, or at best, are vague about the future.
Why not try continuing yours into the future with a few surprises: those moments of innovation that you are going to focus as energy for making improbable things.
Here are four areas that will benefit from some innovation as identified by Ben Hardy:
Rather than facing our fears, and rather than facing the truth, we avoid them.
Rather than creating the life we want, we build that life that allows your problems to exist unresolved.
Rather than becoming the person we want to become, we stay the person we are.
Rather than adapting our personality to match our goals, we adapt our goals to match our current and limited personality.*^
Don’t see these as end points, but places to begin.
Bring it all into some journaling, be playful … add pictures.
Perhaps you had something else to do.
I just thought you might enjoy the disruption.
*Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6;
**H. G. Wells, quoted in Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds;
^From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes;
^^From Matt Ridley’s How Innovation Works;
*^From Benjamin Hardy’s Personality Isn’t Permanent.