The unforgiving minute (1)

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man*, my son**!

Rudyard Kipling – If

Here’s the game: in 60 seconds you will board an aircraft, step onto a ship, or otherwise disappear. The unforgiving minute is yours to fill with whatever wisdom you’d impart to your listener on your given subject.****

Right now we’re playing the game live, and today’s topic is Making Change Happen. My time starts… now.

  1. Action is everything – no action, no change.
  2. Be uncertain of both your ends and your means – they will change as you learn and grow.
  3. Ideas are nothing without execution – innovation consists of an idea, and making it happen in the world.
  4. The Wrapper.
  5. Infrastructure matters.

It turns out that you can’t get very far in a minute.

Next time: fleshing out the list.

*Man – read: fully-realised and worthwhile person in possession of the atibutes that will enable you to lead and make a a contribution in the world.
**son – read: child, soon to be a man, as defined above.***
***You knew this, but I thought it might be helpful to say, clunky as it is. I wasn’t going to re-write Kipling, was I?
****The game can be played live, with answers improvised verbally or in writing with no after-the-event edits allowed, or scripted, with an answer that takes no more than 60 seconds to read or listen to.


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