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Jun 12, 2019 21:34:37

Focus on things that don't change

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Seun Oyebode

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Read an article this week about Jeff Bezos.

Jeff was asked to predict what will happen in 10 years. 

His response;

"It's interesting, I do get asked quite frequently what's going to change in the next 10 years. One thing I rarely get asked is probably even more important and I encourage you to think about this is the question: 'What's not going to change in the next 10 years," 
"The answer to that question can allow you to organize your activities. You can work on those things with the confidence to know that all the energy you put into them today is still going to be paying you dividends 10 years from now,"
"It's impossible to imagine people saying to me, 'Jeff, I love Amazon. I just wish you delivered a little more slowly. Or, I love Amazon, I just wish your prices were a little higher,'"

The article concluded...

In contrast, leaders that base their strategy on things that will change, like who the competitors are and what their activities are, means "you are going to have to be changing your strategy all the time," he said.
And, he adds that when it comes to knowing what won't change, "you won't have to do a lot of research on that. As soon as you think about it that way, these things are so big, so fundamental, you can just write the answers down."

The fascinating thing for me is I didn't hear this first from Jeff, so to learn that this principle also applies in business is really cool.

I should probably write a post on "Things that don't change".

Can you think you of any, please let me know in the comment.

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    @seunoyebode thanks for sharing this! I like the phrase "things that don't change". Timeless truths are romantic to hold on to, and a good reminder when the popular reflex now seems to be always chasing the next shiny thing. It's definitely very Jeff Bezos as he's talked extensively about long term thinking. Though I like the phrase, I don't feel that that maxim alone is sufficient for the hard reality of running a business or doing anything significant. The truth is, we need both isn't it? Both "What's going to change in 10 years" and "What's timeless". We need to be agile with the tech we use, yet stay timeless with values perhaps. Depending on context, stage of the business, etc, we may swing between the 2 ends of this spectrum, not either/or, black or white. I'm sure he does that too haha, just that somehow popular media seem to love black or white reporting.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 13, 2019 20:54:54
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      @jasonleow Apt. We need both. Thank you.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 13, 2019 14:33:19
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      @seunoyebode thanks for the inspiration. I conveniently converted my comment to a post.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 13, 2019 21:35:35
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      @jasonleow haha. Great!

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 13, 2019 14:38:00
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    @seunoyebode I major in transportation management which chosen by my father accidentally. The first day I entered college, my teacher told us that future is unpredictable but transportation demand would never change: cheaper, faster, more accessible and so on. Being told so let me be more confident, however, years passed, I found that focusing on things that don't change also has drawbacks: no motivation for changes. So it all depends.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jun 13, 2019 10:05:28
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      @5plus6 Yeah, no absolute truths as such. Jason Leow Comment above gives it a perfect blend.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 13, 2019 14:35:18
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    @seunoyebode - I wonder if that comment would have any value coming from a homeless person when asked how he sees the next 10 years unfolding.

    I'm guessing there are some biases at play here. I.e., we thing he has some degree of rightness because he helped make something happen.

    We think of Amazon, we think of Bezos. What if our minds had space for more than a single personality attached to billions of hours of human effort?

    Lightbulb? Edison?

    Relativity: Einstein?

    200 Words a day? (@baz) :-)

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 12, 2019 15:08:13
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      @seunoyebode @brianball - This is an interesting perspective Brian.

      Do we have a bias of listening to the points made by people who seem to have figured out life more than we think we have? Or worse - not listen to people we dont like even if they appear to have their life together.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 12, 2019 19:19:47
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      @seunoyebode @keni - interesting how we might live if we couldn't use words about these things?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 12, 2019 16:28:39
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      @seunoyebode @brianball - It would be supremely frustrating.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 12, 2019 19:37:20
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      @seunoyebode @brianball @keni

      No that comment wouldn't mean much coming from a homeless person. Nearly all humans deep down know what it takes to live a fulfilled life. This is why the timeless messages are timeless and stand unchanged from the old philosophies to the current ones.

      We are all saying the same thing. The message is the same. It doesn't matter what the message is.

      My friend Lee was saying, why does Google pay this guy to give a talk about things the Googlers already know, things someone else could just as well say. And my answer to that was, we are all just saying the fucking same things. We are just looking for that right person and the right moment to say that same thing, so that we'll actually change.

      All teams aim to win the championship in sports. So that aim doesn't matter.

      Everybody knows the same thing. We all just need the right person to tell it to us. For some it's a CEO. For others its a homeless person. For many, they have no idea.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 13, 2019 14:28:38
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      @abrahamKim - Lee is so awesome. No wonder he is your good friend.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 13, 2019 08:42:06
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      @abrahamKim - well put. I've heard that before -- and yet I needed to read it again.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 13, 2019 14:45:42
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    @seunoyebode I like the approach. Thank you for sharing.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 12, 2019 14:08:38
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      @brandonwilson Thank you.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 13, 2019 14:36:02
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    @seunoyebode - very interesting. I never heard this before.
    Things that don't change ..
    people having fears to confront..😄

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 12, 2019 16:48:38
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      @keni That's actually true.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jun 13, 2019 14:36:36
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