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Exercising choice is powerful.  Its effects ripple out in every direction in our lives, personally and professionally.

Yet many individuals compartmentalize their lives, forming a faulty foundation for making effective clear decisions.

It is in this ability to take a full spectrum view on one´s life, that effective paths are forged.  It is a sign of maturity and ultimately of wisdom.

Another factor we encourage people to take into consideration is the span of time in which they evaluate their trade-offs.  In a culture of quarterly returns and hyper-drive, short-termism creeps into the scene and clouds long-term thinking.  This in turn shuts out the voice of perspective.

While it is impossible to estimate the full impact of any given decision, it is possible to be value driven. And these values are enduring and last a life time. The best pioneering minds we have met to date have character built on rock solid values.

Sit back and enjoy this reflection:


Being in a start-up, scaling a business, switching careers or starting a social venture all demand an incredible amount of focus, investment and time.   It always takes longer than anticipated and as success is acheived trade-offs start emerging in the personal life.

“If you don´t feel out of control, you are not driving fast enough,” said race car legend Mario Andretti.  

Mario is one of the most competitive and aggressive professionals to seek the role of apex hunter and champion.  He pushed his team, equipment and himself to the outer limits.  And if you strip away the showmanship and the cult of personality that emerged around him, you will see at the baseline, someone who was driven to realize a vision day in and day out.  

This culture is important in a hyper competitive world both commercially and in the social venture.  On the business front, it is a free market and clients are ever more demanding.  And on the social venture side, each non-for-profit is competing for scare donation dollars.  

Translation, work ethic, fierce focus and rapid response are key ingredients to acheiving expotential results.

Yet, there is a trade-off to this culture.  There is the danger of spill-over into your personal life.  If you are going to shift into overdrive to realize a venture or switch, then you must equally build a complete Pioneer Mindset, which includes slowing way down in the off hours. 

This means repair, maintenance and respect for yourself, family, inner friends and your broader tribe.  You must check that hyper competitive attitude at the door and cultivate a spirit of sanctuary.  For many, they fail to do this, logging in 80 hour work weeks month after month, till they are isolated, burned-out and wondering what happened.

As important as it is to sprint during the day, it is essential to create the space and time needed to rest and restore.  One place to find inspiration is in the Slow Food movement.  The Founder Carlo Petrini is a brilliant character with a witty outlook on life.  Here is a small excerpt translated from a conference:

The bottom line message.  Place a real value on health, family and your inner circle of friends.  You will need them all throughout your pioneering journey.  

You must learn how to hurry up and slow down if you are to build a sustainable and successful path.