The title is not exactly the conclusive statement it perhaps sounds. I’m all for planning and taking on a proactive approach, embracing alive time over dead time, as Robert Greene describes it; dead time, a time when people are passive and waiting while alive time, is a time when people are growing, pushing, learning, experimenting.
There is something to be said for welcoming the distraction. The stoics might refer to it as Amor Fati, the power or self-control that you can foster in life for accepting your fate, to embrace rather than fight, to fold with the creases of life and cease resistance.
Robert Greene is somewhat a hero of mine, although one from afar, needless to say, I like his work(Robert Greene Mastery). He and 50 cent produced a book called the 50th law, there is a passage that struck me, which talks to folding with the creases:
“Events in life are not negative or positive. They are completely neutral. The universe does not care about your fate; it is indifferent to the violence that may hit you. Things merely happen to you. It is your mind that chooses to interpret them as negative or positive” – Robert Greene, Curtis Jackson
It is all too easy for me to sit and complain about various things that come across my desk in any given day. But what use does this fill? Is my time well spent on the act of exploiting my frustrations, is anyone’s time well spent in this pursuit? Perhaps there is a fine line between venting and whining. I’m not really clear on the difference, perhaps a vent is something to hide behind, who knows? I don’t.
Moreover, I’ve been faced with a number of negotiations that test my resolve. Part of me feels a need to retreat and incubate my team and create a more controlled environment where we can have greater input on the influences over the project, but the reality is that we all need each other, in various forms. A need to remain open-minded, and welcome the distraction is a necessary part of life, work and project management.
“There are no perfect ‘worlds’ we must”, as Marcus Aurelius the last of the great Roman emperors would say “welcome with affection what is sent by fate”. “A good person is a person who is satisfied by that which nature assigns him or her”, I’ll make more of an effort to fold with the crease and accordingly be a good person and remain open.
All is an opportunity. Welcome the distraction!