We've become a nation of 'hustlers', but partnership is the future. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The US has elevated the title of "hustler" to stratospheric levels. We have movies that come out and celebrate the people who "hustle". We praise colleagues as hustlers because of their ability to do anything the situation calls for. We admire the grit demonstrated by people and their resourcefulness as they navigate life.
Then there is another set of hustlers that we celebrate. We have politicians who write books on making hustling people an "art" in order to "get over" on them. We have company executives who hustle the general public by being deceptive in the products they manufacture. We have entire institutions that are "gaming the system" so they can have an unfair advantage. These are the new hustlers that we have elevated to cult status because we sometimes equate them to our own survival hustle. It is a false equivalence. It is not the same. These new hustlers and grifters are people hell bent on material acquisition and power by any means necessary. They have now become our personality. Our mindset. Our spirit.
While I do understand the hustle as a survival tool, I don't want us to lose the truth that there are circumstances creating the need for us to hustle in the first place. Oftentimes, those circumstances are created by the new hustlers that aren't surviving, but thriving.....at your expense. Those circumstances aren't the natural order of humans. They are man-made. Ask the Nordic states.
The one thing that modern technology keeps telling us by it's very existence is that things work better, more efficiently and more effectively when they are connected and work together. There is more leverage in connectivity, more collective power and more innovation when people can draw on a variety of sources instead of just their own insular hustle. In the ancient African philosophical construct of Ubuntu, the idea is that we can use more sources to solve our problems than playing out a wild west scenario where it's every person for themselves. The old phrase goes "when more people do well....more people do well."
Back in my days teaching leadership at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, I asked the students what was the root of all evil? Most of them answered money. Others said it was the love of money. But I demonstrated to them that indifference is the root of all evil. Once you no longer see one person as being connected to you, you logically work out in your mind that they no longer have value and you can do things to them you would never do to yourself. They no longer are a partner for success but a tool for your hustle. We've done it in slavery, genocide, wars as well as violence against the planet. We are paying for that indifference to the planet in the form of an extinction level event called climate crisis. No hustle will get us out of this.
Highly developed partnerships is the tool of choice for a planet that must rethink it's resources, it's people and the way that it looks at the future. The efficiency and effectiveness of partnerships makes hustling look like a third grade school dance. So it's not whether or not partnerships is better than individual hustling. It's whether or not we can develop the collective will to become something great
We're having a nervous "breakthrough", and that's a good thing. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk.
First, reference and clarity. A nervous breakdown is a bout of mental illness that is so severe, it directly impacts their ability to function in everyday life. ,Here in the US, it appears that we are experiencing a bout of systemic dysfunction so severe, it threatens to halt the function of the entire society. Here is the evidence of that. ..k
Some religious institutions have sold out to for political leverage or are embroiled in broad abuse scandals
Massive, systemic corruption in our political institutions is on full display.....
The economic system is being questioned, even by some of it's most ardent supporters because of massive income inequality…
Even some of our philanthropic organizations are gaming the system....
All of this while the world burns under climate crisis...
Based on most of the information I've studied from past civilizations, times like these only means previous methods are not sustainable. It's time to create something transformative. We're in the middle of a nervous break through...a one-time opportunity to re-imagine how the future works. Truth is, we usually don't respond to change unless it's on our doorstep. This time that change is past the doorstep, in the kitchen and eating our food.
There are five things that we can do to leverage this moment.....
1. Travel. Go see someone you haven't seen in a while and have dinner with them. Go to some place you haven't been and see the sights. Meet up with a social media acquaintance for a shared encounter. This increases your ability to connect, relate to and develop your human contact skills. We're going to need them.
2. Turn off the social media and news for a period of time. We already know their are outside actors playing in social media platforms to manipulate you. Why help them?
3. Create or join a community group. The next round of leadership that will emerge will be community groups. Not bought by political action money and bigger than the individual, community groups will create next level leadership that's more flexible and agile.
4. Meditate. Even if you give yourself 5 minutes of just following each breath, you may well add a month of quality life onto your existence. There is nothing more powerful than meditation. It is, truly, a miracle tool.
5. Create a social innovation group. Innovation isn't just for technology. It's for social structures, too. Social innovation groups seek to find better tools, ideas, and thoughts on what could work better in a time of technological evolution, climate crisis, income inequality and re-imagined leadership. Write us here at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll turn you on to them.
Enjoy every minute of your nervous breakthrough.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com