from climbing ladders to building wings

The cityscape stretches endlessly before them, a testament to boundless possibility. They stand at the edge, not of a building, but of a self-made future, where the only limit is the horizon of their own imagination. They, once confined by the corporate ladder, now explodes into a universe of limitless potential.

Forget the neatly polished rungs of a corporate ladder. Today’s career landscape resembles a boundless sky, inviting professionals to chart their own paths and build their own wings. It’s a radical departure from the past, where stability and loyalty were rewarded with gradual climbs and guaranteed steps. But this shift, while dramatic, wasn’t just a whim; it was an inevitable response to a world in flux. Once upon a time, a job at a big company felt like a golden handcuff – secure, comfortable, and promising a future etched in promotions and predictable paychecks. Years of dedication bought you a title and a sense of belonging, your career unfolding like a pre-written script. But then, the world tilted. Globalization upped the competition, technology reshuffled industries, and stability became a fleeting promise. Suddenly, the ladder wobbled. Companies, unable to adapt, risked tumbling down. This, coupled with a new generation’s hunger for agency and impact, sparked a revolution. Millennial minds, raised on innovation and agility, yearned for careers that felt less like preordained journeys and more like open canvases. Enter the era of the self-made flyer. Startup culture soared, offering a launchpad for independent ideas and entrepreneurial dreams. These ventures were incubators of risk-taking, where passionate individuals could bypass corporate hoops and chase audacious visions. Instead of climbing a pre-built structure, they were building their own, fueled by the potential for exponential growth and the chance to truly own their success. This shift wasn’t about rejecting the past; it was about embracing a future where security comes from self-reliance, not golden handcuffs. Was it riskier? Undoubtedly. But for many, the freedom to explore, innovate, and shape their own destinies outweighed the comfort of the climb. Of course, the debate between ladders and wings continues. Some argue that stability provided focus and purpose, while others find fulfillment in the open skies of self-invention. But through it all, one thing remains constant: the desire to contribute, to create, and to build a meaningful career. The methods may have changed, but the core human drive remains the same. So, what does this mean for you? Whether you choose to navigate the open skies or climb the corporate ladder, one thing is certain: the path is no longer set. Embrace the unknown, hone your skills, and remember, the only limit is the one you set for yourself. Take flight, explore, and build a career that reflects your unique aspirations and dreams. The sky, after all, isn’t the limit; it’s the starting point.

mindful momentum

I am not a big admirer of a culture of haste and frenzy that prioritizes material wealth and status over the quality of our inner lives and deeper human connections. With a lofty aim to unlock our innate creative potential, I believe undivided stretches of focused time represent one of our greatest resources for artistic productivity and spiritual growth. I sometimes discuss with Netta on the importance and benefits of undivided time during our we moment discourses.

A plate painting done by my two-year-old son. The swirling coalescence of colors on canvas, artlessly applied by tiny fingers yet conveying profound depths, stops me in my tracks. The brushstrokes of my two-year-old son, perhaps guided by some innate yet untutored wisdom beyond his years, reveal the ineffable dance of chaos and order, signifying nothing yet containing the whole universe in their abstract simplicity. I see eternity in a grain of sand, infinity in a child’s primitive painting. The small hand that mixed the paints with such care, adding depth and texture through the miraculous alchemy of color, bestows upon this humble work a luminosity that belies its humble origins.

In essence, there’s a new wave of understanding that challenges the pervasive culture of haste and frenzy that has arisen in the wake of globalization, driven by an insatiable quest for material abundance and social status rather than a focus on the intrinsic quality of life and the essence of existence. Despite their 35-hour workweek, the French exhibit greater productivity than their American or British counterparts. Meanwhile, Germany has instituted a 28.8-hour workweek, resulting in a remarkable 20% increase in productivity. I can see this trend influencing authorities in Middle east as well where I’m residing.

The philosophy of leisurely deliberation does not imply a reduction in productivity or accomplishments; rather, it advocates for the pursuit of excellence, efficiency, and meticulousness in one’s work, all while minimizing stress. It calls for a rekindling of the importance of family, friends, and leisure, emphasizing the present moment, tangible and specific, over the abstract and global. The movement urges a return to the core human values and the elegance of simplicity in life.

This paradigm shift promotes a more contented, buoyant, and efficient work environment, where individuals can revel in their innate talents and expertise. It is now imperative for organizations to pause and contemplate how they can achieve superior quality and efficiency without haste, thereby enhancing the caliber of their products and services while preserving the essence of their raison d’être.

Countless individuals spend their lives in a perpetual race against time in a rat race. Others, consumed by anticipation of the future, neglect to embrace the present moment, which is the sole temporal reality that truly matters. Time is a universally equitable resource, with no individual possessing more or less of it than another. The distinction lies in how each person utilizes their allotted time. It is incumbent upon us to savor every instant. As eloquently expressed by John Lennon, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”