Use the force, Luke
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars introduces us to “The Force.” It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. Those who possess the discipline and subtlety of mind to sense The Force can do great things, or great evil. Together true believers can combine the power of The Force to change the course of history.
In physics, a force is any influence that causes an object to undergo a certain change, either concerning its movement, direction, or geometrical construction.
In most part I believe that all of us have our own version of the force. I myself am not a religious person, I don’t subscribe to fate as a major controlling factor in my life but I do think that you can put all your focus and energy into something and still not get to exactly where you wanted due to outside forces. Things outside your control that work against you and are constantly pushing you in different directions.
A close friend submitted an exam the other day and was a little hard on herself for getting a score slightly lower than she wanted. It got me thinking of some of the life lessons that have given me a list of laws. Unlike Newton’s Laws my laws have not been taken up by the greater community, but never the less, they exist and I will share them at any opportunity.
Pareto principle (the 80–20 rule) vs Darryl’s principle (the 99-1 rule)
In business the 80-20 rule comes up all the time and although most data can be manipulated to support this rule, I think my rule comes up more often and without the manipulation. My rule states that 99% of the effect comes from1% (you) in anything that is important to get you where you need to go. That’s only the case if you are moving in the direction of your goal. Stop and your momentum quickly turns against you. Waiting for someone to do it for you is as bad as stopping. Knowing that most people stop and wait for what they want is all you need to know… If you do it and keep on doing it, it’s almost guaranteed that you will get to your goal. Like the goddess Nike who personified victory, said “Just Do It”
The law of diminishing returns is the decrease in the marginal (per-unit) output of a production process as the amount of a single factor of production is increased, while the amounts of all other factors of production stay constant. In short don’t keep doing something that’s getting you nowhere!. Now this may seem like it goes against the first rule but no one said that Laws and Rules dont contradict one another. Get over it and get on with it… The effort and time taken to get to a decision to STOP is not lost, it’s part of the journey of enlightenment, but spend to long worried over the dicision can be far worse than any change in direction you finaly make. Make the change and then put the hammer down on getting it done. Like the philosopher Stanley Kirk Burrell said, “STOP, Hammer time!”
Now this Law/Rule is the one that ties all others together and if you get nothing more from this blog, take this one with you and remember it. “School Fees” If you’re not paying them you’re not learning. So what are school fees? Well, the concept is, we all pay for an education in life. He who invests in his education, has the potential for greatness. Scrimp and save on fees at your peril. Now don’t just hand over money left right and centre!. Each fee needs to come with a degree or certificate of completion to show for your effort. A smart man may have no formal degrees to his name but in life he may have all the degrees he needs, paid in full by lifes school fees. Like the great philosopher S.W. Alford said, “The bigger the lesson, the greater the School Fees… Just pay the man!”
So in short: “Do it yourself, keep doing it til it’s done, shift direction if needed and expect to pay for the privilege of success.”
Success awaits you!