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Fighting Out of Formation - a Metaphor for Creativity

You'll see a theme in history - armies that train for "worst case scenario" eventually kick the hell out of armies they don't. Command and control based armies, that only fight well in formation, tend to do really well until their ranks get broken. Then they get slaughtered.

If you look at George Washington or Napoleon Bonaparte, their forces knew how to fight out of formation. That's why they were able to win important battles against larger, more well-equipped forces. They stirred up a bunch of chaos because their forces were able to handle chaos better than the enemy.

I think if you want to do creative endeavors like writing, painting, whatever - you need to learn to fight out of formation. By that, I mean you need to learn how to do it without having "formal expert tone" or being highly polished. Ideally, you can communicate well without necessarily obeying grammar and punctuation. After all, the point of writing is to communicate - the language is supposed to serve you, you're not supposed to serve it.

It takes a lot longer to get into formation if you're out of it than to just fight slightly wild and crazy. Of course, you should learn discipline and how to fight in formation, and should be able to do well in that role. It might even be your bread and butter. But if you're editing every memo you send, every blog post you write, every rallying talk or speech you give - then you're burning a lot of time.

Yes, fighting in formation produces better results much of the time. But sometimes ranks get broken, and then you're screwed if it's the only way you know. I think it's better to learn to fight out of formation before you ever need to. The quality of out-of-formation output is going to be lower at first than in-formation output. You need to learn how to deal with a chaotic messy environment. It doesn't have to be the only way you do things; in fact, sometimes you ought to use proper grammar and punctuation. But you also should be able to handle not doing it, just throwing things together with commas and dashes, slapping some rough thoughts down, and figuring it'll turn out okay. As long as what you're saying is clear enough, you don't have to bow to formality.

Mayweather loves that you hate him

On The Thoughtful Young Djedi from Bermuda

If you type “Mayweather is…” into google the first auto-suggestion pops up as “Mayweather is a coward.” This is no surprise, he is probably the most polarizing figure in the sports world today.

You probably already have an opinion about Mayweather, either you love him or you hate him. The people that love him praise his confidence, fighting abilities, work ethic and drive. The people that hate him loathe his showmanship, flashiness and claim he only picks the fights that he can win.

Whatever boat you’re in, Mayweather is laughing to the bank.

Without a doubt, Mayweather is one of the greatest sports figures of our generation. He is undefeated, still at the top of his game and continues to fight tough opponents.

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