Disruption and design thinking aren’t just startup practices, they are for every one of us looking to achieve something bigger.
In the spirit of our #GoBearDreams movement, we're teaming up with The Working Capitol, a design-forward, community-oriented co-working space for businesses of all sizes. Here, TWC shares some thoughts on how to follow your dreams boldly.
Sometimes, chasing a dream begins with making a change and it could begin with you.
Feeling the need to pivot in your personal life but having doubts? Good news: “we are all capable of reinvention,” by applying some basic principles.
1. Empathise and Define Your Problem
Founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University and author of The Achievement Habit Dr Bernard Roth, quoted above, suggests applying the five steps of design thinking to your own problems. The first two steps, empathising (i.e. observing what the real issues are) and defining the problem, are instrumental. For example, asking yourself “What would it do for me if I solved this problem?” can significantly reframe the challenge and your worldview, thereby expanding the number of possible solutions.
2. Give Your Life The Needed Curve
This is by no means saying that challenges should be avoided. In fact, using the S-curve mental model, Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, argues for the necessity of personal disruption and of routinely throwing your life a curve. “As our learning crests,” she cautions, “should we fail to jump to new curves, we may actually precipitate our decline.”
3. A 30-Day Plan
Moving away from theory, Thomas Koulopolous, President and Co-founder of Delphi Group, offers a practical guide to personal disruption. He prescribes a 30-day plan designed to mimic the uncertainty endemic to disruptive activity and to “get you so far out of (your comfort) zone that you have no choice but to see the world and yourself from an entirely different perspective.”
4. Be Extreme
If this sounds extreme, programmer, writer and entrepreneur Derek Sivers would completely agree: “The best and most effective changes I’ve made in my life seemed crazy at first,” he writes, “because they seemed to be over-compensating.” This strategy of over-compensation, however, is required to make a lasting change, to balance out all that “cultural baggage, self-identity, habit, and history.” His conclusion: “You have to be extreme.”
Change isn’t easy; it requires courage, discipline, and an openness to navigating the world differently. Then again, with returns so exponential, it probably shouldn’t be.
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