Secret to victory

Marcus Aurelius once said that the secret to victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.

If the secret to victory is so obvious, how then should we execute on it?

Usually we are way too trenched in the daily flow of action and outcome, the obvious part. So the very first thing we need to learn, is to see the non-obvious.

One way the non-obvious starts to emerge under our eyes comes once we learn to take a step back. To detatch ourselves from the situation at hand. To pause for an overview.

At that moment we begin to see the structure behind the content. The structure is something that lingers everywhere just at the outer reaches of our perception.

There always is the wine and the bottle.

Structure is the defining factor of outcome. Insinde the trenches of daily action we tend to re-create the outcome we always get. We attempt to fill the same container with a new content.

Look at the structure of your day in the calendar. Look at the structure of your route to work. Look at the structure of everyday conversation at the family dinner. Look at the structure of a daily stand up meeting. Or the session of your exploratory testing.

Step back and see the non-obvious. Suddenly a new opportunity closes in on your reach.

The change begins not by focusing on the content, it begins by recrafting the structure.

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