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Advancements in AI/Quantum awaiting advancements in consciousness and a new Technological Renaissance

2020 has turned into a meme because it is catalyzing major shifts that were already unfolding:


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In Part 1, I broke down the drivers behind the powerful shifts that are now taking place, namely our transition in the outer to the information age, and the evolution of the inner, heralding the rise of heart-based consciousness. These shifts have deep implications for us but by far the biggest and most important are the empowerment of the individual coupled with an unraveling from centralization to decentralization. Change is uncomfortable, and radical change more so. 2020 has turned into a meme because it is destroying and dismantling outdated 20th century structures from the industrial age and the ego-consciousness matrix. As discussed in Part 1, the number of previous such paradigm altering shifts for humanity can be counted on less than one hand, so this is a really big deal. Resistance will make it all the more uncomfortable and unbearable, so it’s imperative we understand, align and flow with these winds of change. …


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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
― Alan Wilson Watts

2020 isn’t playing around. It feels like we’re being initiated into something new. An uncomfortable sense of change hangs in the air. If 2020 is any indication, this next decade promises to be nothing like the last, or unlike anything that’s come before.

‘Destruction’ is the first word that comes to mind when I sit back and think about this year. It feels like a lot of existing structures and ways of being are being broken down and torn apart. The status quo is being challenged like never before. And I’m afraid we’re not quite done yet. …


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“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.”
— Carl Jung

This essay will probably read more like a treatise on the human psyche. You’ve been forewarned. The mysteries of the psyche and it’s practical implications can be an extremely powerful liberator of performance and success, so it’s especially important for entrepreneurs and business leaders to understand.

Over time and with experience, I’ve come to believe that career, business and life in general is mostly an inside game. What I mean by that is one’s results, outcomes, level of success or failure in the outer world is a reflection of the state of one’s inner world. Every journey, product or business started with a thought. We tend to focus on the external and outward action needed to realize our visions, but very often overlook the contribution of inner alignment and belief to success and failure. Inner clarity begets empowered, focused action. …


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There is a legendary story of Henry Ford, a man who understood that efficiency is important AND so are ideas and innovation. As the story goes, an efficiency expert complained about a man sitting in his office with his feet up on his desk. Ford’s response was, “That man once had an idea that saved me a million dollars. When he got it, his feet were right where they are now.”
(https://foolwithaplan.wordpress.com/tag/henry-ford/)

Notwithstanding the recent shutdown due to the pandemic, our society as a whole is geared towards doing and action.

Most people and companies are constantly on the move. A hubbub of activity and productivity. This makes sense as it takes a lot to keep a business humming. New products and features to ideate, design, create and launch. Existing products and features to support. New and existing projects to plan, monitor and complete. New customers to sign, on-board and support. Existing customers to support. New marketing/sales materials and initiatives to ideate, design, create and launch. New partnerships to explore, on-board and support. Existing partnerships to support. Supply and demand planning in the case of physical goods. New employees to hire and onboard. Existing employees to support. Whatever black magic goes on in Accounting. …


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In startup land, where most startups fail, a company that gets to a valuation of over $1 billion is called a unicorn, signifying the rarity and almost impossible odds of making it this far and this big. It’s certainly cause for giddy investors and the company to celebrate. This is the holy grail for most investors and entrepreneurs, ever on the hunt to fund or build the next great unicorn.

Ask a child what a unicorn is, and they will likely gush, “a beautiful and magical creature!”. It’s the stuff of their dreams and wildest imaginations.

Ask a venture capitalist and they will likely drone, “a statistical outlier”. Nevertheless, it’s also the stuff of their dreams and wildest imaginations. …


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(Note: This expands on my thoughts on product management from a recent essay I wrote on having the courage to build from one’s heart).

I’ve built products over the past 18 years. I’ve had some great success, but there’s also been a lot of duds. Here’s some sage and simple advice to my young, eager product manager-self, and something that can elevate any PM or Product team’s game.

First, let’s quickly review the typical PM process at most companies. You build out your product and roadmap of features with a combination of:

  • what customers or the Sales team wants
  • what a big, important customer(s) says is…


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I advise entrepreneurs and leaders on how to build thriving businesses led by the heart. An engineer, and as left-brained as they come, if someone had suggested even a couple years ago I’d be doing this while writing about building from the heart, I’d be inclined to think they were on something (strong).

But here we are. In this essay, I’m going to explain what building from the heart aka heart-led business is, and why I think it matters. …


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What does it mean for a business to thrive? And what are some things an entrepreneur or leader can do to increase the likelihood of their business soaring and thriving? I answer these questions in this essay, and propose a new philosophy or paradigm for business. I also offer the reader some questions — your honest answers (conscious or unconscious) to these will determine how far your business goes.

So, what does it mean for a business to thrive? I don’t define it by an arbitrary revenue or valuation milestone. While higher revenues or valuations are certainly achievements, a myopic focus on only the numbers to validate yourself ensure you operate only in survival mode (more on this later). I define a thriving business as a purpose and service-driven institution that outlives its founders and has a huge lasting positive impact on its people, customers, community, society, and/or environment. In order to do this, it generates very healthy profits and grows sustainably in pursuit of its bold purpose (profits serve as fuel to fulfill purpose rather than the other way around). It’s an organization that builds products people want to buy vs. one that just wants to sell its products. It’s an organization that generates profits to fulfill a purpose vs. one that generates growth or profits just for growth’s sake. Profits are the life blood of an organization — without it they don’t survive. But once an organization starts generating healthy profits that more than recoup it’s costs, remaining slave to only generating more and more is giving in to the endless lure of the ego. …


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Fight or flight. Survival of the fittest. Competing. Winning. The art of war. Only the paranoid survive. This fight and survive consciousness is in our DNA and has been the underlying paradigm for business in the 20th century and continues to this day. We learn to start behaving this way at a very early age — competing to get the best grades, to get into the best schools, the best jobs, the best promotions, and so on.

Survival is paramount. You can’t do anything if you don’t survive. Your business won’t achieve anything or solve any problems if it doesn’t survive. Survival is hard wired into our animal brains, it’s instinct and comes from us having learned to survive from the earliest days of our species. …

About

Amit

Advise Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, Investor, Principal at Jump Foundation. Personal website: arthart.ca

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