Being unstoppable by
Steven and Chutisa Bowman ask what do world class leaders have in common?
In today’s world, being unstoppable matters. We live in perhaps the most stirring and electrifying economic period in our lifetime. New realities are happening. The ways business may be generated and created are changing. These new realities will bring with them tremendous possibilities and an influx of unlimited potentials. To thrive and flourish in the decade ahead will require a different mindset in addition to a more conscious way of being and operating in the world. Innovation and a different way of being and looking at the world are needed to become unstoppable and become a world-class leader. Failure to do so will suppress advancement at a period when progress is vital. The next decade belongs not to those who subscribe to the business-as-usual paradigm but to visionaries who will choose to function outside the confines and the limitations of this reality.
So, what does it mean to be unstoppable? It means choosing to stop operating within the limitations of this reality and stop taking on the limited points of view that other people buy into. Being unstoppable therefore is about not being controlled by anybody else’s reality. It’s about being willing to be out of control. Being out of control is not being uncontrolled. It’s not being drunk, disorderly, or illegal. Being out of control means nothing controls or stops you—and you don’t need to stop or limit anyone else. When you are out of control, you are willing to function outside of contextual reality and conventional points of reference.
Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs are examples of people who were choosing to stop operating within the limitations of this reality. They were naturally nonconformists even in the face of unfavourable consequences. They pushed the boundaries of knowledge, exploring things that were outside of contextual reality. They had the courage to stand alone, follow their own knowing, and take what others would regard as the risky options while everyone
‘ Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs are examples of people who were choosing to stop operating
within the limitations of this reality.’
else selected the safe route. They were supremely gifted people who saw different possibilities and were aware of different things. They undertook actions that produced societal value and shaped a future way beyond most people’s imagination. They inspired others to act.
Both da Vinci and Jobs didn’t let the controls of other people’s points of view, realities, judgments, and decisions become the controlling factor in their life. They had an unshakeable courage and trust in their tenets, even though their initiatives and ventures confounded conventional practices, and often unleashed irregularity, mayhem, and chaos. They always trusted themselves and their vision, no matter what anyone else thought. They had absolutely no concern for what someone else’s point of view of them was.
So, how can you embrace ‘Being Unstoppable’ as a way of being in your own life? First, you must realise that being unstoppable is a choice. It is a commitment you make to yourself not to live by anyone else’s judgment and reality ever again, no matter what. Each of us has the ability to become unstoppable. It is not an extraordinary privilege or a special treat that is only bestowed to some people and not to others. It is a knowable and attainable state of being that is available to everyone, if they choose to claim, own, and acknowledge it.
Being unstoppable is an experience of expanding your awareness beyond its present limits. It is a state of flexible awareness, with no fixed points of view. If your organisation is to thrive and provide real value, you as the leader must choose to be unstoppable. With a different mindset, you can re-imagine what is possible, discovering what you can do that is new, and how best to do it. You will be able to perceive the major trends that will change the business landscape and draw on your awareness to make choices that will create greater future potential for your organisation. You won’t just navigate tomorrow’s global trends, but actually shape them.
Chutisa & Steven Bowman are global business advisors.