Hi, I’m David Veech and this is Elevate Your Performance.
I love studying historical timelines. History’s stories have always been fascinating. But there is so much rich detail, and so often contradictory records based on the point of view of the writer at the time.
We can’t see everything and we can’t know everything. Facts from one point of view are different from another. You and I might watch the same video of an accident, a shoplifter, a police shooting and walk away drawing two completely opposite conclusions.
My message is to try your best to keep and open mind, and try your best to understand multiple points of view before you charge off to take action.
Among these timelines, if you take a macro view, you can see patterns of change. Sometimes it might be new knowledge driving the change – like Galileo discovering that the earth revolved around the sun, although this kept him under house arrest while he lived – or it might be new technology driving the change – like James Watt’s steam engine.
Every now and then, you’ll find something so momentous that it changes everything and creates a new culture around that technology – think about the smart phone and how it has changed the way we all live.
Over the next few weeks, I want to explore some of these timelines with you and the culture that prevailed in each of these chunks of time. Specifically, I will talk about craft production and a craft culture, then I’ll share some key technologies that resulted in a mass production age and how that changed the culture – particularly in the US and the UK.
To try to help us all maintain that open mind, I have partnered with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and Hiitide and we’re doing a book review online of his book “The Blind Spots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Bias & Build Better Relationships”. It begins on February 1st.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey.
Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow.