Fearing Execution

Is that such an unreasonable thing? That is, fearing execution.  And who wants to be an executioner anyway?

I’ve spent most of my life not executing.  It’s much easier over there.  The sun is always shining and water is warm.  The problem is that it’s never your sun that is heating the water, and it only feels that way cause your drunk.

My issue with execution is that it’s final.  I like, nay, irrationally  love having options.  This makes it rather hard to execute, now doesn’t it.

They say execution is everything.  I don’t necessarily believe that either.  I have some friends who are amazing at executing.  They also tend to repeat tasks or chase their tail because they executed a circle.   No thanks.

What works for me is the ‘death’s ground’ strategy from Sun-Tzu’s Art of War.  It is the only strategy that I’m aware of that forces execution.  It’s easy; give yourself no other way out.  Watch the magic happen.

I’ve implemented this strategy many times in the past few years.  I moved to Alaska with no job, contacts, house or prospects.  It worked out fantastically.

I recently pulled a similar maneuver by moving to San Francisco.  No job, contacts, house or prospects.  I camped the first days in a tent before I found a place.

Power of Broke
Power of Broke

This strategy isn’t for the faint of heart.  You have to be a minimalist and deal well with uncertainty.  Also it’s not a viable long term strategy.

The challenge I face is recreating the sense of urgency without having to hit the ctrl+alt+delete keys every time.  One of the best ways to do this is found in Robert Greene’s 33 Strategies of War  Go before you are ready, and you will find yourself motivated.

If I’m being honest, I don’t have the track record that I wish I had.  I haven’t executed at a level that I wish I had.  I haven’t failed as often as I wish I had.

But that’s all changing.

If you could only be known for one thing would it be strategy or execution?

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