Time is not our friend! We are all ready in week 21 of the 26 week Master Key Master Mind Alliance Course, only 5 weeks left. This week has been crazy, I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off. As I take time today in my 20 mn of silence I reflect on the story of the Hedgehog and the Fox. How can we tell if we were a Hedgehog or a Fox. On first thought, everyone would love to be a Fox and why not? Fox’s are smart, cunning, sly, quick, intuitive. Why would anyone like to be a hedgehog right? They are small creatures with coarse hair covered in spines. They live on the ground and forage for food in the dirt eating insects fruit and berries that doesn’t sound to appealing right.
The Hedgehog always defeats the Fox.
The hedgehog always keeps it simple.
Lets take a look at the Fox and The Hedgehog as written about in an Essay by Isaiah Berlin.
The Fox draws on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world can not be boiled downs to a single idea. By nature Fox’s tend to flit around distracted by a myriad of things. Checking out every little thing along the way. Quit different from the Hedgehog who views the world thru the lens of a single defining idea or task. If we try to apply these thoughts to ourselves and today’s world how does that stack up?
Easily distracted by many things, internet, instant messages, Facebook, twitter, texts, the list is seemingly endless. The Fox appears to run from one thing to the next never seeming to stay focused long enough on one thing to complete the task at hand to completion. Their lives seem to be scattered and unfocused self-contradictory and incomplete. See my blog post on multitasking.
The hedgehog’s whole life is singularly focused on one thing, They have a single central vision which they live by. They focus on what is most important.
If we draw three circles in the shape of a pyramid that overlap each other by approx. one-third we get and area in the middle where all three circles intersect. This is what we will refer to as the sweet spot.
The top circle we will label * What you are deeply passionate about?
The bottom left will be * What you can be the best in the world at?
The bottom right will be * What dives your economic engine?
Now if we apply the Fox’s the Hedgehogs and our own different styles to these three circles we can start to see where we spend most of our time and what things we might be able to reduce or cut out completely. The center spot where all three circles intersect will bring us the most results for the time invested. Kinda like the 80/20 rule. For me I can definitely say that i have been more of a Fox my whole life running around trying to do everything and not seeming to make much progress. Focusing on this little technique has helped me to get more done in less time with far less stress. After all the most important things in our lives are generally the items we put off and tell ourselves that I can do that later. For many of us that later never comes.
A couple quote’s out of OG really helps to emphasize this point,
” I great this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift up my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today.”
“If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day I cherish for it can never return. It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on the morrow, for who can trap the wind?”
Here are three questions to ponder!
1 – What would the person I Intend to become do Next?
2 – What am I pretending not to know?
3 – When will I begin?
Be the best you can be at all times, find some way to be kind to two people today.
Be Well Be blessed