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Nothing Lasts That You Don’t Feed…

Relationships. Goals. Values. Love.

It all matters. And it all requires nourishing.

I was struck last night by an article titled, “Don’t F* Up The Culture,” written by Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb.

I’m not much into use of profanity for shock value, except in distinct circumstances where it really helps illustrate a point.  And here it definitely does.

Brian touches on the sentiments of an investor who sees that all too often, a great thing goes wrong when it gets too big. Brian then presents his own exploration into how he could make sure that his own company did not fall into this same pit of disappointment.

And he brought it all down to culture.

While I agree that culture is the vehicle, it takes the values at the core to create a culture around.  A point he illustrated well.

Brian had some striking things to say.  Here’s what stood out to me most:

…Culture is what creates the foundation for all future innovation. If you break the culture, you break the machine that creates your products.”

“…We build culture… by upholding our core values in everything we do. Culture is a thousand things, a thousand times. It’s living the core values when you hire; when you write an email; when you are working on a project; when you are walking in the hall. We have the power, by living the values, to build the culture. We also have the power, by breaking the values, to f* up the culture. Each one of us has this opportunity, this burden.”

“The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous.”

“Ever notice how families or tribes don’t require much process? That is because there is such a strong trust and culture that it supersedes any process. In organizations (or even in a society) where culture is weak, you need an abundance of heavy, precise rules and processes.”

– Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb

A thousand things, a thousand times.
It creates the foundation for the future.
When it’s strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing.
When it’s weak, you need an abundance of rules and strict processes.

And it struck me how perfectly this illustrates our human need to:

  1. Hold ourselves to a life code, one that we never violate – whatever it is.
  2. Nourish the unity and relationships within our families, within our circles, within our culture as a society.
  3. And for simplicity through responsibility.

Everything in life is cycles and flow.  But it all requires nourishment and commitment to keep going.

Our relationships.  Our skills.  Our bodies.  Our money.  Our society.  Our trust.

Everything requires investment in order for it to be anchored and remain.  It requires loyalty to ideals and to each other.  It requires flexibility for flow and breathing room, while still maintaining a core of strength that is never compromised.

The perfect system.

I don’t know. Seems Brian strikes an important tone to give attention to.

Maybe you’ll agree?

Check out his article here.


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Maintaining the Spiritual Status Quo…

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Everything about this physical life is connected to the spiritual. That’s what being Here is all about. That’s why we incarnate Here. To be blessed by what we learn and overcome on this very dense plane of existence – to benefit our Souls. There is not, as some would prefer to believe, a separation between the two facets. It is yin/yang in teamwork and action.

Life is about the overcoming. This does not mean that Life is not about Joy too. But we came here to to this greatest school of all to get something out of this existence. Easy wasn’t part of the picture. Like all things physical, it takes testing and trial to bring growth and expansion. Smooth sailing is not necessarily desirable to grow.

If anything, I hope for others to see that it’s not that different from working out at the gym. Most people today can begin to see that in spite of how physically uncomfortable it might be in the moment, stressing our bodies in a proper workout can be very beneficial. As we push our body limits so they grow, our bodies become healthier and stronger. Our mental and emotional attitudes also improve as a result. Our abilities to multi-task expand. And as we commit ourselves to the ritual of challenge and overcoming, we find that we really do often enjoy it. And yet if we neglect this need, we miss it. And yet, at the other extreme, life is not supposed to be the gym either.

Life, and the Spiritual aspects of our Soul, in and of themselves are not much different. We basically take adversity and turn it into joy and triumph. We take a lower vibration and learn to transmute it into something higher. We take a negative experience and learn to create something positive from it. It is our purpose. To create. And to learn from, and improve upon, that act. The entire process of the world around us reflects this truth. And Nature wholeheartedly embraces it.

Healthy living involves challenge on all levels. And then celebration of that triumph.

No where in Nature or Spirit is atrophy desirable.


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