embracing chaos: part 2


Earlier this week I wrote about “embracing chaos” as it relates to my daily bike rides through the crazy streets of NYC. It’s a great post (says me), but there’s a follow up point I’d like to make…

A quick search on the Googz defines chaos as “complete disorder and confusion.”

Most people and businesses cannot exist in such an environment, but entrepreneurs and startups should THRIVE in the chaos of their own existence and that of the environment around them.

A simple example where I see this happen IRL is at conventions. You know the deal… a booth costs $1000, extra badges for your team cost $50/piece, electricity is $500/day, wifi? Don’t even get me started… 

If you play by the rules, you’re in the hole for tons of money that you don’t have… but if you recognize the chaotic nature of these events and embrace the challenge, you’ll probably realize you can bring your own extension cord and find free electric, sneak your team members in (by walking through the front door and ‘acting as if’), and a booth? Sometimes you don’t even need one… 

My point is, this applies everywhere. Most large, dynamic systems are too chaotic for their own rules to apply, so don’t let them apply to you. You’re the founder of a brand new company and everyone is working against you unless you can play small-ball to gain lots of little advantages and create your own momentum.

So challenge yourself: next time you want to attend some meetup that’s full… sneak in. Next time you don’t get to meet a panelist at an event, figure out how to contact them alternatively. Don’t let the 'rules’ apply to you.***

***Note: THIS DOESN’T MEAN YOU GET TO BE A DOUCHE-BAG. Respect and karma come first, so always be aware of whose rules you’re breaking.