Station 6: Crisis

Experience: Panic | Task: Focus | Reward: Capture

Elon Musk, Founder SpaceX and Tesla

Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.

Station 6: Crisis

There comes a point in every innovative process when you begin to lose control; otherwise you're not pushing far enough. This is a place of questions more than answers. The quality of your questions will get you the answers you need eventually. But be prepared to ride the dragon until you get them.

Application

Questions

    • How are you in crisis or overwhelm in this area of your life? What is making you panic?

Exercise

    • Crisis is the doorway to invention. Here’s how to seize the opportunity.
    • Think about a time (past or present) when you felt completely overwhelmed, out of control. How do you typically react in such situations? What’s the typical outcome?
    • Crisis leads to Chaos, the opposite of Home: the unfamiliar, unknown, disordered, unpredictable and unstable. Describe your experience here. What could surrender offer?

Actions/Homework

  • Identify the forces (people, systems, failures, lacks) pushing you down or holding you back. How do they threaten your (or your company's) survival.
  • List the questions you need to be asking to give yourself clarity. What answers do have today?
  • What questions are still unanswered? Go get those answers.

Accountability

Check in with your accountability partner.

Measure your Learning

  • What are the questions you need to shift the crisis? What clear actions will move you through the unknown? Prioritize them. Schedule them.


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