Embrace the Odd


You are a bit weird aren’t you? We all are rather weird, especially when we start to look closely.

In fact it is exactly because of our differences and diversity that makes life fun and worth living. This I wonderfully odd I am and still getting somehow along.

It’s surprising that a common language and a task can bring so many people together. This is what fascinates me about company cultures. Originally I started doing my thesis about company cultures, then later on I become so absorbed my current company that of course I cannot see the company culture anymore, because I am living it so strongly.

Culture is an unseen, strong force. A collective unwritten agreement on how people will act under pressure. What will the stress response be, that is the test of the culture.

Another interesting test is how does the culture handle the new and odd. Does it manage to embrace the change or resist it?  I work in a change management consultancy, so the people who are attracted there are very open minded and open to change as well. The differences and diversity sparks the creativity in my opinion. And it’s just not my own opinion as well, because most creative cities in the world across the times have been tolerant of the diversity.

It’s not just the diversity in others, it’s in ourselves as well that we have to be learn to embrace.

Oddity in ourselves is the thing we need to be proud of, because it is through that from where we can bring most value to other people.

At the Top Differences Are Slight

Anyone who has strived to become great at anything knows that the differences at the top are just ever so slight. At times a person has combinations of qualities that secure slightly more advantage that seemingly cause the person to seem dominant. As seen here:

(Image credits: PhotoBobil – originally posted to Flickr as Bolt. Usain Bolt winning the 100 m final 2008 Olympics)

Seemingly slight differences make huge differences in the end result.

This is both physical, mental, emotional or spiritual qualities. Small things add up!

Those who strive to be the best version of themselves, get to be just that by trying to do it by doing the small things well. In the end we are all imperfect, however doing those small things just so right bring us as close to the perfection as we can.

Any closer we cannot come or go, we did our best.

With doing the best and doing the small things right, my point is that journey and effort that matter. When we challenge ourselves to do our best and then something, we are in fact learning. We might be succeeding sure, however at very least we are increasing our own and hopefully the knowledge of all humanity.

Records are created to be broken, and challenged.

Middle way is great for creativity

water-263054_1920Creativity is ability to produce ideas and bring them to reality. Creativity is the result of effort, usually long before the actual creation happens. All and any experience are useful for creativity.

Yesterday I wrote about human mind how it has enables creativity and thus also rapid cultural evolution.  Building more on top of this idea I want to explore the topic of creativity abilities of human mind a little bit further.

Power of the human mind comes from the power of making connections and associations really efficiently. Just to give some picture human brain can calculate about 10 quadrillion operations per second, where as world’s fastest super computer Tianhe-2 about 55 quadrillion. The difference comes of course in energy usage where human brain only requires about 20 watts of power, where as the Tianhe-2 requires about times 900 000 more or 17,8 megawatts. [1]

It’s this thought networking ability that makes us brilliant, that’s also what makes us creative. Essentially the ability to connect two seemingly separate ideas is our power and the power of creativity.

So, how to use this knowledge to be more creative?

The process to use this is about to learn about differences and then to ponder how the topic seemingly disparate topics are actually simiilar and beneficial. World’s most flourishing cities have always been that which tolerate differences [2].

We hugely benefit by learning about opposite points of views and then calmly apply it to our own lives as the middle way or the dance within middle way as aI prefer.

I prefer the dance in the middle ways, because sometimes I do feel the urge and necessity to dive deeper in a particular topic only to emerge from that depth to continue on a more balanced approach, yet daringly combining everything I’ve learned so far.

As a recent example I am starting to see both, science and spirituality as a great tools to increase human understanding.

Human mind attempts to make sense of the world by polarizing things as a good or bad. Yet if we are mindful about it, we can keep our minds open and we can keep on learning both sides of the story. This is huge boost for our creativity as well as our understanding.

For a scientific mind it would be foolish not challenge world views as much as it would be foolish it would be foolish not to seek oneness for a spiritual person. Both approaches are necessary for the deepest possible understanding.

If we walk the middle way, we don’t get stuck to either side for too long. Instead we leverage the progress in both sides for all our advantage.


[1] Scientific American 2016. Avaialble at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/artificial-synapses-could-let-supercomputers-mimic-the-human-brain/

[2] Maailmanhistoriankukoistavimmat kaupungit. Ari Turunen, Into 2015