July 19

Comfort zone

post luat din arhiva internetului, la Dragos pe blog nu l-am mai gasit.

 

 

“To be scared is sensible, to be comfortable is suicidal.”

De ceva timp urmaresc blogul lui Bob Parsons, CEO al GoDaddy.

Bob imi este simpatic pentru ca e blue collar/ex-marine care a invatat the hard way sa faca business online. Bob Parson pare un fel de Tony Soprano al vanzarii de domenii si hosting (totusi el opereaza legitim ;-).

Bob are 16 reguli ale succesului. Cea mai importanta e prima si suna cam asa:

Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

Zona de confort este starea de echilibru in care tindem sa ne stabilizam. Problema cu aceasta stabilizare e ca nu-ti permite sa evoluezi si te impinge spre plafonare.

Ca sa facem o paralela, pseudofilozofica: viata este un munte, baza sa este nivelul cel mai de jos (social, moral, intelectual, financiar). Te nasti si esti crescut la o anumita altitudine. Pentru a creste personal va trebui sa devii alpinist, sa escaladezi muntele ca sa poti ajunge in varf. Starea de echilibru te impinge sa ramai la altidudinea la care erai. Unele evenimnte din viata de fac sa schimbi nivelul, sa cresti sau sa scazi un pic (rareori schimbarile de altitudine sunt mari, dramatice).

Natura umana ne impinge catre confort si echilibru. E o stare in care putem sa supravietuim fara griji, asa ca inconsitent ne indreptam spre ea si agatam de ea.

E greu sa te vezi pe tine ca o persoana intr-o stare confortabila, autosuficienta. Exemplele vizibile sunt oamenii de la tara, invatati sa mearga la camp, targ si biserica, sa foloseasca toaleta din fundul curtii si ligheanul pentru spalat. Te vezi in pozitia asta? Nu, pentru ca nu e starea ta de echilibru. Starea de confort de la oras e ceva mai placuta: salariu decent, casa decenta, oboseala, imprumuturi, televizor, politica. E un alt nivel, dar cu aceelasi rezultat: stagnare, plafonare, mediocritate.

Uneori accepti ca trebuie sa fii alpinist si urci pana la nivelul la care te simti mai relaxat, mai putin apasat. Te opresti. La inceput zici ca faci o pauza, mai apoi ti se pare prea obositor sa te mai cateri, iti este suficient de bine. Urmeaza: stagnare, plafonare, mediocritate.

Daca iti doresti sa ajungi in varful muntelui trebuie sa stii ca in fiecare zi trebuie sa urci putin. Nu mult, doar cativa pasi, constat. Accepta ca atunci cand intri in zona de confort pierzi lupta.

Iti doresti sa cresti? sa faci? sa ai? sa vezi? sa fii? sa ajungi? Poti – doar daca iesi din zona de confort. Schimba mereu ceva la tine si ceilalti, accepta provocari, fa tot timpul pasi mici.

Nu e foarte usor, pare teribil de greu si e impotriva instictului uman de autoconservare, dar e singura metoda prin putem evolua, prin care ne putem indeplini visele.

99% din oamenii care sunt in jurul tau nu-si vor parasi niciodata de buna voie zona de confort. Poti vedea asta usor la straini, care sunt la fel de mediocri, desi au medii sociale mai evoluate, deschidere mult mai larga si disponibilitati financiare mai mari.

Multi spun ca daca ar avea sansa de a trai in strainatate cu veniturile si legile de acolo ar reusi sa aiba afaceri extraordinare. Desigur, si mai multi s-a multumi cu confortul omului de rand de acolo, dar nu fac nici un pas spre a ajunge acolo. De ce? Pentru ca e mai usor sa ramai unde esti, e mai usor sa te multumesti cu ce ai, e prea greu sa schimbi tu voia sortii, e prea greu sa te impotrivesti la ce ti-e “scris/dat”. Adevarul e ca pare greu si riscant, dar e mult mai usor decat crezi, ca si saritura de pe trambulina in strand.

Toate programele pentru dezvoltare personala se axeaza pe determinarea persoanei de a iesi din zona de confort. Unele metode sunt stiintifice sau amuzante, altele ridicole sau chiar stupide, dar sunt OK cat timp reusesc sa te miste. Daca reusesti sa te mentii in afara zonei de confort poti depasi rezultatele oricarui astfel de program.

Statistica demonstreaza ca teribil de putini din cei care au o reteta a succesului o pun in aplicare. Poate e ca e mai bine asa. Cum ar arata lumea plina de oameni inteligenti, fericiti, bogati, realizati?

Revin la Bob Parsons (un om care se incadreaza in tabloul de mai sus) si am sa enumar ale sale 16 reguli pentru succes:

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you”re closer than you think. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of ‘undefined consequences.’ My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide. Remember what the Union Civil War general, Tecumseh Sherman said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems. You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.

The above (or following) article (or rules for survival) is included with the permission of Bob Parsons (http://www.bobparsons.com) and is Copyright 2005 by Bob Parsons. All rights reserved.

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