Why do I wear a nametag everyday?
Because I’m obsessed
It’s just how I’m wired.
Since I was young, routine and symmetry and structure have
been the organizing principles of my life. For me, if repetition and continuity
aren’t the answers, I rephrase the question.
But like most things in life, our temperament is both an
asset and a liability.
What we’re good at, we’re bad at.
On one hand, I’m hypersensitive about anything that offends
my sense of order. I’m compulsive about looking for recurring cycles of
activity in my surroundings. I’m regimented about deepening my pattern reserves
on a daily basis. And I’m relentless about twisting myself into a psychological
pretzel trying to compartmentalize the world around me.
Naturally, this frustrates the people in my life. Myself
But, it’s who I am. It’s how I work. And we can’t fight
natural inclination. We can only be who we already are.
On the positive side, my obsession with consistency has fortified
my ability to detect, document and exploit patterns. And in the realm of
business and innovation and art, patterning is everything.
It’s where original thought is born.
It’s where edge comes from.
It’s where success hides out.
And it’s the shortest distance to the finish line.
Are you a hunter and gatherer of patterns?