The 8 Dynamics of Success, Part One
There is a skill to creating success.
Not a random collection of choices or navigating an uncertain future in search for some haphazard answers… A strategic and definable series of actions that take an idea, thought, or vision and transform it into a reality.
When you discover and implement these 8 dynamics in order, you will not only achieve success, you will also determine a greater depth of self and a longer lasting sense of happiness. Here we begin an exploration of these dynamics with the first four…
The art of pioneering a thing that does not exist into a fully-formed reality is a very specific process. From ancient Buddhist philosophy to modern entrepreneurial strategies, quantum physics to complex social structures, we experience a series of particular dynamics that transition a thing from nonexistent to accepted reality.
The actual thing that is being created can be as diverse as a physical object to a legal entity, such as a business. It can be a piece of art, a technological device, a relationship, a lifestyle, material possession, an emotional state, or a complex thought structure.
Whatever we pluck from the obscurity of imagination can be made a reality; all we need to do is take that idea and pass it through a series of dynamics. These eight discrete dynamics are like a circular relay race that passes the baton from process to process, dynamic to dynamic.
Whenever we give conscious focus to an idea, we give it substance. However, the idea needs more than attention to make it real—it needs some form of actual substance. An architect will design a blueprint, the writer will commit words to page, the actor will use their body to perform, a solicitor will draw up a contract, the inventor registers a patent.
Without substance, the idea will slip back into nothingness and often be lost forever. So, the image of the creative person who daydreams their visionary ideas into being, actually presents us with only half the story… to truly create something the act of substance needs to take place.
We start any process with some degree of substance; yet this substance needs form to make any sense. Form is the basic appearance of our vision—the rough sketch, the textual summary, the elevator pitch or the company logo.
Substance cannot exist without form and form is nothing without substance. When we have these two dynamics in perfect balance, we need to expand our foundation; to grow it into something greater, with more critical mass.
We can expand by adding more substance and form, or by taking the substance and form we already have and replicating it many times. This is the difference between constructing a building by pouring in more and more concrete, or by making bricks and constructing walls.
The more we expand our thing, the more physical impact it will have—and the more cumbersome it becomes. If you expand your ideas beyond your ability to physically deal with them, they will lose their cohesion and fall apart.
So, to maintain a manageable and effective mass, we need to limit or define what we are creating. The purpose of a house is to live in; the reason for making a movie is to entertain or provoke thought; the nature of a company is to make profits and leverage them for change; the objective of a meeting is to develop a strategy; and so on.
The proposition is not only the function of the thing, it lays the ground rules for an interaction between one thing and another. By limiting or defining an entity in its own right, we also give context to that entity in relation to others and context to others in relation to the entity.
The first four dynamics take us from the realms of pure imagination to an actual reality that not only exists in its own sense, but also has the ability to form relationship with other aspects of reality. From books in a bookshop to people at a political rally, the first four dynamics bring elements together to facilitate some form of transaction… what that transaction is, we shall explore in the next post!