Thinking Big

Thinking Big

Thinking big, acting big and aiming for big things is it harmful for our health? Or, being big will make us rigid and unable to adapt to changes? Who survive more the big thinker or the small one? The big idea or the small idea? Big ambitions or small ones?

Big ideas are not born big. They start small as “baby ideas” and then they grow slowly till suddenly they shoot up and become big. Big animals start small and then suddenly they start to grow up fast. Most animals are small and very few are big. The number of species that exhibit small body size generally far exceed the number of species that are large-bodied. However; who survive more the big animals or small ones? Animals that have big body mass have longer life spans than small ones. Does the same logic extend to big ideas and small ones? Do big ideas have larger life spans than small ones? Does tis relate to small startups and the vanishing of many of them in less than two years?

If an employee accepts a “small job” will he be exposed to the risk of short-term employment? Will small ideas that remain small for extended periods of time vanish? Companies that tend to lay off part of its employees will tend to start with “small employees”. We may have many ideas few of which are big and mostly small ideas and for the sake of focusing our efforts we start by laying off small ideas.

The whole idea is to search for something that has the potential to grow slowly for a short period of time, but then to build on themselves and grow fast while keeping a flexible structure. A good example of influencers who have same distribution with many influencers remaining small, but few manage to build on their connections and become big influencers. These big ones eat most of the cake and are pursued to seek their services. Every one of them is becoming an Ads agency on his own.

We need to look for ideas that have the tendency to grow big to survive. But is this enough? Why then many big companies disappeared? I feel it is mostly related to their rigidity and the barriers they created in keeping trustful communications. They lack structures with enough flexibility to get timely information to adapt. They are buried in their own viscosity. Like big polymeric chains they become viscous when they “melt” with the heat of their successes and expanding profits and markets. It is when they experience chilly demands that they turn glassy and become brittle. Many polymers behave similarly they grow their chains and become macro molecules. When in winter these polymers crack and become brittle.

What makes big ideas and big companies crack in the winter? Why big animals have shorter life spans than big trees? What makes big trees survive more? Again, there are lots of small trees, but very few big ones? What makes some trees stand out and have life spans of few hundred years? One sure thing is that they have the structure to adapt. Larger trees are generally more likely to survive causes like drought or damage to their trunks, as they have greatly extensive nets of roots and thick trunks and thus can, even partly, recover these challenging conditions. Their efficient networks keep all the tree parts aware of the forthcoming dangers. Their networks are fractal. It is the self-similarity that keeps their symmetry functional. Big companies may tend to grow but without being free of scale and on the expense of their symmetry. No wonder these companies turn glassy during crisis times.

Think small but build on yourself fast to become big. It sounds to me it is both the fittest and biggest together that survive. This is the formula for longevity.
Ali Anani


Linda Adams 14/3/2018 · #59

Interesting article, thank you.

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#57 May be because we underestimate the value of simple rules. Many people think they are like easy come easy go. It is their simplicity that comes only after comprehension, Under the surface they have their deep meanings.

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Harvey Lloyd 14/3/2018 · #57

#56 Thanks for your kind words.

These easily stated rules but hard in execution have generated many customer service issues into add on sales

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#55 When I publish the next buzz on Nuggets of Quotes I shall be at loss which of yours I should select. This one "It deserves respect. Maybe not agreement but respect for the journey to the opinion". Or, this one "The test of character is not in stating the rules of humanity, but executing them when they are counter to your emotions". Or, the nuggets I mentioned in my earlier comments. May be I should dedicate to a whole buzz for your nuggets @Harvey Lloyd

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Harvey Lloyd 14/3/2018 · #55

#54 The rule is simple in its reading, but in execution when risk is on the table is another matter. Fear can overcome common sense in record time.

Another rule for myself, i cant expect anyone else to respect my line of freedom if i don't respect theirs. Yes, this includes even if i think they are wrong or share an opinion not in alignment with my own.

Opinions are an expression of our collected narrative. A life that has seen, experienced and lived through many things. It deserves respect. Maybe not agreement but respect for the journey to the opinion.

The first step in self awareness is to recognize our own limited collection, within our narrative. I have experienced those who feel they have arrived at the all inclusive narrative on a topic. I can still respect the position but realize that at some point the individual stopped adding to the narrative and has become a preacher of the the limited thought.

The test of character is not in stating the rules of humanity, but executing them when they are counter to your emotions.

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#53 Just reading your comment fills me with the wish that our friend @🐝 Fatima G. Williams would share her point here.
Two lines from your comment are simply two gems @Harvey Lloyd. I start with the second line "Maybe not necessarily agree its outcome". I believe we suffer from groupthink for we rush to agree the outcome for many reasons you are aware of. This brings me back to your earlier line "My freedom ends where yours begins, unless you invite me". Simple and easy to understand, but the paradox is our failure to abide by such simplicity. This is evidenced in the outcome of group discussions. My freedom to express my views are endangered by the lack of the group leader to accept different views, or by the fear that the leader would hurt me. Or, I may be considered a noisy person by the group members.
I believe your simple rules should be publicized so that they become a way of life. Great rules my friend.

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Harvey Lloyd 14/3/2018 · #53

#52 You stated with a few "simple rules". Could one of the rules be, within humanity, My freedom ends where yours begins, unless you invite me.

If i can see this line, not only my own, but yours too. It allows for us to parse the lines that media and group think would input into our senses. A shield if you will against the "system" that vies for our emotional status.

This is a rule i practice and often seek forgiveness because i crossed it inadvertently. I sense that media and organizations are attempting to tell us what to think. My ability to find my own way as through reading a post like this one is mine to choose. You invited me into your area of freedom and this should be respected as gift that it is.

Societal organization will only optimize group think. A group of individuals under the above rule can freely explore the best they have to offer towards humanity. They will not be governed by an organization with specific POV.

I was listening to a speaker the other day and he stated that we really only have three ways for society to go. Negotiate, enslave or tyranny. It posed a question for me that has been rattling the rusty brain.

Can we be enslaved to thinking, when negotiations are biased within an agenda? Can our narrative be distracted from negotiating life to enslaved ideals that are not our own?

I believe if we step back we can see the point. Maybe not necessarily agree its outcome.

Yes, its a crazy Alice and wonderland inside my head sometimes.

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