Things You Shouldn’t Pay Attention To, In Changing The World

In challenging the status quo, to make things greater, you have to pay careful attention to some things. You must be focused. Your focus determines how well you will change your world, and the world at large.

Focus means choosing to pay attention to some things. At the same time it means be intentional about ignoring about other things. Doh.

Things You Shouldnt Pay Attention To, In Changing The World

If you’re going to change the world, you just have to ignore some stuff:

The Haters

Haters are going to hate. You’ve heard this before… Be careful not to fall in the trap of pursuing approval from everybody. There are times heretics have to choose between making things greater and being loved by everyone.

Most people’s general disposition is a dislike and push back to change. Unfortunately nothing can be any better without change. Ignore the critics. They’ll hate on you today and pat your shoulder tomorrow.

Can I?

You should ignore your self-doubt. You must ignore your self-doubt. Self-doubt has been the assassin for greater things in too many people. The world, cause and the discipline you want to make a difference in does not need any more people paying attention to their self-doubt.

Doubting yourself does not serve you or the world any good.

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Your Cause

Contradiction? Not at all. You should care, deeply, passionately, about your cause. What you shouldn’t care about is how insurmountable the challenge ahead of you seems.

When you pay too much attention to how difficult it will be to make a difference you might never start. You’re likely to spend a lot time in self-talk and most of your self-talk is likely to lean toward abandoning your cause completely.


One of the things that stop people from doing things that matter is a lack of resources. In many instances you’re not always going to have every resource you need in abundance.

Care about getting what you need to pursue your cause, but don’t make it the reason you pursue making the world better or not.

Care more about your cause than your resources. Lack can be the mother of innovation. If you wait till you have everything you need you might never start.


Focus on what you need to do not what stands in the way. Care enough about making your world, the world at large a better place more than how obstacles may hinder you.

Be boldBe /ˈherətik/.

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Communication | Leading A Frustrated Team [Part 6]

This is post number six in the series on leading frustrated teams.

Leaders are proved in times of unrest. Captains are tested by stormy seas and disgruntled crews. You haven’t led until you’ve led in times of unrest. Unrest in the environment your enterprise works and unrest with your team.

To effectively lead a frustrated team takes listening leaders. You ability to lead well is capped by how well you listen. You also have to be a present leader in times of unrest.

That is the purpose of leadership, to orchestrate chaos and channel it not only into order but making a difference in the world.




You must also be present. Wholly present. This means more than just physically, it means your complete focus. You also need to be composed. When a leader panics when his team is in panic, nothing but more chaos results…

Ignoring your frustrated team only makes things worse.

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This brings us to the heart of this post: Communication. There is no leadership without communication. This is more than just people saying stuff to each other. It is more than emails, texts and phone calls.

This is how leaders need to facilitate communication when their team is frustrated:


Limited Sources

When leading a frustrated team, limit the number of communication channels. Limited sources of communication make it easier to manage information. With this you need to state to your team that information about “x” is only valid if it comes from “z”.

Any miscommunication can add fuel to the pandemonium fire.


Say Something

One of the worst mistakes to make in a crisis is saying nothing. The voice of leadership gives direction. In a crisis leaders must be heard. This also means raising your voice above the noise.

Eliminating noise means identifying the irrelevant and labelling it as such. Say something.


The Other Side

I mentioned this earlier in the series but it is worth repeating. Listen and be present in listening to not only what your team is saying but also the environment. You will never lead well without listening well.

The sources of information are not only your team. It is the process and feedback structures built into your systems that need your attention.



Communication in frustration must always be laced with hope. When teams are overwhelmed what they need to know most is that the reason for their frustration and frustration itself is not insurmountable.

Leadership is about helping people realize a greater future. And it starts with leaders communicating it with their teams.



At each stage of crisis make sure you get feedback for whatever you communicate, so that the message received by your team is not filtered through their frustration and tainted.

Ask what their understanding of your communication has been. This also helps make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Finally, when leading a frustrated team communicate, communicate and communicate.

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Three Things That Aren’t A Leader’s Responsibility

Leaders can be ineffective when they don’t understand their role. When a leader doesn’t understand his role fully he can easily get caught up in what he shouldn’t be involved in. There are things that can never divorced from leading.

And, there are also things that you must steer away from if you’re going to lead well. You are not only as good as what you do but what you don’t do. Every leader needs a “not-to-dabble-in list”.

Without saying more, here are three things that aren’t a leader’s responsibility.

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Two Questions | Why You Must Love Obscurity

Obscurity can feel like a curse. In a sense it is. The thing is, whatever we create, we create with the intention of making some sort of difference.

Whether you’re a creative or leader, nothing you ever create will make a difference unless you release to do so. This means letting your work out. It is preparing a feast for critics.


Nothing you do will ever be relevant without it seeing the light of day. Nothing will ever be perfect. Anyone and everything that has touched and changed the world has done so with infirmity.

Whether apparent or subtle the weaknesses never got in the way of bringing some sort of change. Focus on infirmity and inadequacy has sapped power from many to make significant change.

These are some of the reasons you must love obscurity.

Obscurity is an opportunity. Yes, you read that right. Obscurity is an opportunity to get better. It is an opportunity to build structure for sustained success.


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Structure | Why You Must Love Obscurity

Many plan more for possible failure in the pursuit of success than for the success they pursue.

Obscurity is a great thing in its place, allowing you to build a platform that will uphold your success. For obscurity to work for you, you need to ask questions:


Obscurity is a great time for defining what your success is like. Too many pursue success with too vague of a picture. Is success as you see it understood by your team or family the same? By those who matter?

How are you going to sustain your success? How are you going to stay poised for innovation?

Not Just You

Innovators can be intense. Sometimes, at the expense of those close to them and their families. One of the questions you need to ask yourself in consultation with relationships that matter, is “what measures do we need to put in place to maintain healthy relationships when the cloud of obscurity lifts?”

Fighting myopia must never be restricted to your work. It is important for every area of your life. You are not as fragmented as you like to tell yourself. Everything about you is connected.

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