It’s been awhile since I last blogged. Conveniently, LinkedIn tells me it was 56 days ago. My lack of writing is less about having nothing to say, and more about actually committing my words to paper.

So the catalyst for this was a post about storytelling I was reading this morning. Of the 22 rules it proposed, #11 was: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

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In 2006, Don Tapscott together with Anthony D. Williams, wrote Wikinomics. One of the sentences that really resonated with me, and I can’t remember what page it’s written on is:

“The new Web … think of a shared canvas where every splash of paint contributed by one user provides a richer tapestry for the next user to modify or build on.”

It’s a great thought and completely changes the way you think about what you do. You do what you do, not as the end in itself, but as part of something bigger, as just one part of something else, something more. You do this knowing and accepting that you’re not quite sure of what or where you might end up. You do this knowing that from your one piece of the jigsaw, many other different jigsaws could be made. In this paradigm, serendipity is given free rein. You are not there to try to catch it, control it, limit it, harbour it, but rather to let it go.

Knowing at the outset of your journey, that you will let it go, requires a very different mindset and approach.

Each of us has a piece of a jigsaw, indeed many pieces for many jigsaws, each of us unlocks different aspects of different jigsaws… we just have to be brave and courageous enough sometimes to show our pieces!

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This reminds me of my favourite quote/poem from Guillaume Apollinaire:

Come to the edge, he said.

They said: We are afraid.

Come to the edge he said.

They came.

He pushed them and they flew.

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So my question or questions to you are: What is your layer? Do you know your layer? Are you willing to share it with me?

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