scarcity of attention is actually a good thing

The other day, I filled out a post-event survey for the Ethereal Summit, where I was given a set number of points to spend on expressing how I felt about different aspects of the event. The cost varied, depending on the intensity of feeling I wanted to express. So, there was a list of questions or statements to respond to with positive or negative feedback on a scale of intensity. 

Seeing that I had a limited supply (I watched the video provided), I immediately skipped the first two questions because I didn't care about them all that much. I responded to the next one, and then another, and watched my total pool of points go down, and the price of participation go up -when I expressed a higher level of intensity of feeling about my views.  

As I got further in, I found more questions that I wanted to answer -and that I didn't have enough points to be as emphatic as I had been so far.

So, I revised some of my previously stated feelings to enable me to:

  • cover as many topics as I really really wanted to weigh in on,
  • reflect my views -and their intensity for me- as accurately as I could,
  • do both relative to the context of the total questions I was asked (in other words: within the point-limit that constrained the conversation).

Amazing.

Until that moment, I don't think I fully got the intrinsic role of scarcity of when it comes to how I make decisions, what my choices signify for others, and the quality of experiences all that leads to -for myself and as a participant in a group.

In a usual survey, I would have answered every question and probably provided less (and less meaningful/actionable) information by doing so. 

 

 

there's nothing before your time

Regardless of how much happened before you joined, how wild the ride, how awesome the win-streak, how many or how large the mistakes, whether they hamstring us still... when it comes down to it: there's nothing before your time.

Whether it was months, years or even tens of years, there is no such thing as before your time.

You own your position, your piece of the playing field: you own all that you can see and hear. Its history, its possibilities, wins, losses, and the expectations of others, regardless of whether you can actually fulfill them. 

If you intend to lead. to show up. to inspire your team –

You own it all.

Now, let's go.

 

Put in the time

I learn by writing.

I learn by writing. And repetition.

Good ideas take more than a minute to get, to really get them. Make them your own. Make something out of them.

Good ideas are not quick wins.

Quick wins are one-liners. Single-serving friends.

I want more.

Good ideas, when they take hold, when you get them, they change things.

They change you.

You need to spend time with them though. Do something with them. See how they hold up.

Or how you do.

When I write, it's like it's in my hands, the idea. The one that moved me. Opened my eyes. Shifted my focus, loosened my grip, unearthed a belief or instilled hope. Inspired me. Ideas like that require your attention. They're just the beginning, the words. They lead to more.

Put in the time.