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Understanding the game we're playing.

The other day I shared this video with my team in Slack. It's a talk with Simon Sinek on millennials
Understanding the game we're playing.
By nalden • Issue #6 • View online
The other day I shared this video with my team in Slack. It’s a talk with Simon Sinek on millennials in the workplace. 
I figured, since we have a reasonable young team, it might trigger people to re-think things at the office. Or in life. Maybe even reflect on their addictions.
I certainly did as an addict to this 📱 device. 
However, an interesting discussion followed. Some figured I was late to the party as the video was old and “everybody” had seen it already. Others had comments on the person telling this story because he was a sellout. Someone else recommended to watch another video in which the full story was told and would give better context. Overall surprisingly negative responses. 
I must admit I was a bit disappointed. Such an attitude would never foster creativity and collaboration. What did I do wrong? Could this be improved? Is Slack still a effective tool for teams?
You see, it’s easy to criticise people. It’s harder to really listen to what someone is saying. 
Also, telling people content is old is also straight up bananas. No matter how long the content exist, it will always be new to someone.
Think about discovering some old soul or jazz samples while listening to hiphop. That music is new to you, but might be old to your grand-parents. 
In an age where technology allows you to read, watch or listen to everything, whenever you want; everything will get old, and all will be new.
Luckily other colleagues did watch the videos and shared what they thought was interesting. For themselves, and for others. 
That to me shows the right kind of attitude. Which we will need to continue build a great product and company. 
Going into what I found striking about Simon Sineks’ story; 
People forget life is a journey. Don’t look a year ahead, look a lifetime ahead. It takes time (and a lot of doubt) to find fulfilment and purpose. Creating a set of skills requires patience and hard work. That involves a lot of failure, which is ok. 
I’m sad to see people go through life being ‘just fine’ with it. Maybe because some sense of empathy (or the lack of it). I feel responsible to change the environment they work in. To create purpose and make people excel.
But how? 
It starts with understanding the game we’re playing. It’s not about outdoing someone. It’s about outdoing yourself. 
What’s next? 
I don’t know. I felt like sharing so hopefully we can exchange experiences. 
With this in mind, I wish you an amazing new year full of joy and purpose.


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