Be­ing un­stop­pable by

Steven and Chutisa Bow­man ask what do world class lead­ers have in com­mon?

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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.

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