364 — Mindset (I)
Back in the day when I was competing at a high performance level as an athlete I became obsessed with Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP is described as:
an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s.
Although outcomes have been made repeatable following scientific methods aiming to be set as frameworks, many argue NLP is a pseudo science that falls into one of those approaches lacking empirical research support and hence, cannot be taken seriously from a “scientific” approach. Nevertheless, Grinder and Bandler went on with their work and created thousands of supporters from all over the world, among which there is Charles Faulkner.
As an athlete turned technology entrepreneur, and as a mortal human being, the notion of being from different angles and in different high-pressure circumstances is exciting. Perhaps the knowing of having a limited runway for your startup (meaning the game is over) and being aware of your limitations — constantly — get you closer to some sort of near-death-experience mindset that you only live and feel when life strikes you unexpectedly in — for instance, an accident. This sounds a little extreme but from another angle, the only certainty in life is the certainty of death. We may as well embrace this and adjust our mottos and behaviors accordingly.