#Reflection To make one event happen, there are tons of things that happen backstage. Believe it or not, I had 32 meetings, hosted 1 workshop and talked with more than 50 people in 4 days in which many of them were new friends. As I wrap up my SF trip, I wanted to write down these Lessons Learned so that I never forget to stay diligent, humble, and persistent as I continue this journey.
(1) Speak ‘truth’ and always do your best. ///
Whatever it is when you do your best others can tell. I know we have the saying that ‘fake it till you make it’ but I do not think one should fake it because fake is still fake. You should work harder to make it real so that you let truth speak for it. Don’t fake it. Work harder so that you stand for truth and let the truth speak for itself.
(2) Stay focused. Don’t let the noise distract you. ///
Have a clear understanding of what is a nice to have and need to have. Then you can make decisions and prioritize your tasks around that. Don’t let the volume of information or email distract from what you need to really do and want to do.
(3) Be patient. ///
Some of my most important meetings were only finalized the day of. If I was not persistent and patient about that arrangement and relationship building that would not have happened. We are so used to instant ‘liking’ and email ‘replying’ that we forget to practice waiting and being patient. This trip was another reminder that patient and being intentional made a huge difference.
(4) Ask questions. Be curious. And Be helpful and mindful. //
Yes, even if you say you want to meet because of A or B. Never forget from their point of view. They have gone out of the way to give you the attention and the time in their busy calendar. What can you do for them? How can you be more considerate? What can you do to make the occasion more powerful and impactful for both parties? Ask, reflect and act.
(5) Never say never //
Because at the end of the day, it is never going to happen the way you expected. It’s always going to be a lot better. But it’s just hard to predict because you have never seen what the best case scenario can ever be.
QUESTIONS I STARTED ASKING
(a) How much of our assumptions influence our decision making and thought process?
(b) How is East and West Coast different in their way of thinking of creative thinking? And how does that influence the overall culture?
(c) Why do certain individuals get it more than others?
(d) Why do we want to constantly analyze things unconsciously as humans?
(e) How do you explain the value to someone who needs the most but is the most dismissive?
(f) How can I improve my messaging?
(g) How can I create a unique scaling model that disrupts the notion of service industry scaling in technology?
(h) How can I highlight the power of change of human behavior?