The Revenant Process
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever be seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
1. INQUIRING: When facing a seemingly impossible challenge, Einstein would say, "If I only had the right question! What is the right question?" And Peter Drucker put the power of inquiry into even clearer light when he said, "“The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless—if not dangerous—as the right answer to the wrong question.”
2. NOTICING: Is paying attention to what matters most to you in life. It puts us in touch with what we focus on in the world around us and exposes the thinking that has served that focus up until that moment, causing us to think creatively about accomplishing our new focus. We come in contact with what works and doesn't work here and now. Noticing brings us into a view of other people from diverse environments who may have found ways to resolve challenges that to us currently appear impossible. In this way connections across separate and unrelated spheres of experience and knowledge thread together to open breakthrough inspiration.
3. NETWORKING: Einstein associated creativity and innovation with engaging others. He said, “What a person does on his own, without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of others, is even in the best of cases rather paltry and monotonous.” Engaging with those of dissimilar backgrounds and life experience catalyzes the possibility of thinking "outside the box," to discover a new resource. Networking means going out of our way to encounter people who will broaden our understanding of, access to, and influence in our world.
4. EXPERIMENTING: Thomas Edison's famous quote about not failing but only finding 10,000 ways that do not work, captures the heroic tenacity it takes to transform a vision into reality. The Revenant Process is a dojo to exercise coming back from each failure as a new expression of a future you say is worth having now!
5. ASSOCIATING: Exercising these disciplines activates our brain's incredible ability to associate the most useful ideas and experiences from unrelated backgrounds, actively transcending what once appeared impossible to achieve the unprecedented.