The Economist Magazine has a very impactful expose this week with details on the amazing impact AI will have on this planet. It will be game changing in all industries including mine. I have been ingrained in the moving industry for over three decades, which effectively has not changed during my career and operates from a model that is not sustainable. AI most assuredly will turn the industry on its backside. Companies that dominate will disappear and some that may not even exist yet will win at levels never seen before.
In this type of disruptive world where everyone rushes to create impactful artificial intelligence it becomes even more important for individuals and organizations to have and understand DI - Divine Intelligence. DI is not some mystical thing that is impossible to understand and the good news is that its principles never change.
White Space - Last year I heard Juliet Funt speak on the importance of building margins into our lives. She proposed that our productivity is at risk without segments of quiet built into our schedule where we can do some deep thinking. The unspoken expectation is that we respond instantly to e-mails, texts, and slack messages and it's killing our ability to be inspired. This chaos should not be interpreted as speed because all of this noise is getting in the way of our best. What most people miss is that the greatest minds of history spent extended times in solitude - Tesla, Thoreau, Michelangelo, Solomon, da Vinci, and Christ. Regardless of their religious beliefs, quiet assisted these world changers to tap into a higher power. Evidently God does not choose to speak loudly over our self made noise!
True North -This weekend we celebrate Easter. Whether this just means a long weekend off of work or something more, its origins go back to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A handful of uneducated fisherman turned this one weekend it into a world religion that has now lasted for 2000 years. Whether you consider Christ to be the savior of the world or an absolute hoax, it's difficult to argue that no one was more committed to a true north than those dozen guys. When others around those first twelve saw their ability to follow a true north it became contagious and it does for us as well.
For individuals or as a group within a company what are you really shooting for? Are you building intelligence that is meant to be spun for a quick profit and to let someone else really lead or are you here to change the world? With the world's needs being so great and the need for change so necessary why would you want to settle for anything that doesn't require true inspiration?
Beware of True North Knock-Offs - Today is both Good Friday and the beginning of Passover. Passover celebrates the departure of the nation of Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. If you recall, the story begins with Moses (who evidently looked a lot like Charleton Heston) meeting with Pharaoh and his advisors. To gain Pharaoh's attention Moses threw down his staff and it turned into a snake. The story goes on to say that Pharaohs guys could throw down and do the same thing -- crazy stuff! The bad news for Pharoah's boys was when the snake Moses threw threw down ate up the others. . . . there is no replacing True North and phonies get eaten up!
Called to be Different - At the end of my life will the title of my story be Home Improvements, Other People's Money or Saving Private Ryan? Will I have just wandered through my decades with no real direction, just made money or will I have walked in a manner worthy of my calling--making a difference along the way? As I hiked and skied through the Colorado mountains the last two weeks I became inspired once again. How this plays out I have no idea but following in the molds of others is not likely what God wants from me.
George Bernard Shaw likely said it the best - "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the word to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." Living this type of life requires more than being smart and building machines that are smarter. . . it requires true Divine Intelligence.
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