Being empathic with myself

I read a post written by Tim Brown that fits nicely in a question I have latent a few days ago and that one might translate as follows:

How can I build a path for the growth of innovation in companies that take us to the welfare and happiness of the people and not exclusively for those who are shareholders of these companies?

As I see in this article are referenced some aspects that are of extreme importance for ensuring a life of welfare in a sustainable way and full of joy. There are not resolutions for a new year but can be valuable help for today and for the future wherever it starts, since that happens quickly.

There are not services or products offered by companies but are good tips to guide business to meet the needs of the people.

Tim Brown presents five ways to practice in our daily lives the principles of Design Thinking:

1 – Be optimistic, collaborative and generative.

2 – Think of life as a prototype.

3 – Don´t ask “what?” ask “why?”.

4 – Demand divergent options.

5 -Once a day, deeply observe the ordinary.

These are some important points to reflect and apply in our daily life if we want to evolve towards sustainable well-being. But they are not just notes for life outside of work. Are notes for ours 24 hours and must be adapted or suited to working environments where we operate, that is, according to our role in organizations.


Be optimistic, without being overly optimistic, allows us to face the world of impossibilities as a game of assumptions and beliefs. When the “what if …?”, a result of our ability to generate new ideas (even absurd), combines with the “I believe we …” (attitude of predisposition for collaboration) something surprising turns out to emerge.

At any time of the day it will eventually come up something tangible to test our assumptions and with which we will be able to learn how to create well-being. This will not be never the result of a great idea which will emerge one day and save our world.

“The answer is that there is no big idea to be chosen, just the process of hammering an average idea into a great one. That experience is the best preparation for the future.

Hankering after an ideal of perfection is exhausting and soul-destroying. Treat your life as a never-ending prototype. Get into the habit of failing early and often.” – Andy Polaine

We are talking about prototypes, the results of trials that transport us to rewarding discoveries, guiding the direction of our lives and enlivening our curiosity.

It is a curiosity towards understanding or the reason of things, for its meaning and purpose, and not to the knowledge of irrelevancies of our day-to-day lives or the environment.

Be able to ask the right question is a competence that allows us to be always trying to solve the important problems and not to choose among the options that have been suggested. Although there is within us a tendency to seek what confirms our assumptions or a tendency to be in accordance with the crowd around us, we have the ability to choose the relevant items of the existing solutions and with them we can build a new option.

It is our ability to build new from existing options that makes us unique and integrated.

“Onlyness is that thing that only one particular person can bring to a situation (emphasis added). It includes the skills, passions, and purpose of each one of us. Onlyness is fundamentally about honoring each person, first as we view ourselves, and second as we are valued. Each of us is standing in a spot that no one else occupies. That unique point of view is born of our accumulated experience, perspective, and vision. Embracing onlyness means that, as contributors, we must embrace our history, not deny it. – Nilofer Merchant

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