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Takeaway #24 networking vs. not working as inspired by #JungleBrothers

***Struggle to live (struggle to live) struggle to survive

Struggle (struggle) just to stay alive

‘Cause inside the jungle, either you do or you die

You got to be aware, you got to have the jungle eye

Take it from a brother who knows my friend

The animals, the cannibals will do you in***

Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Jungle; Straight Out the Jungle

 

This is as basic as Grandmaster Flash’s message but in a different vain.  Yes, this is the Hobbes view of the market world that makes it short, nasty and brutish for most of us.  You need to perpetually look over your shoulder because you are likely to be eliminated.  That is the defensive, paranoid view of the situation.  More positively, most of us think defensively rather than proactively.  When you realize that that it is hard to stay in the game, much less get ahead, without perpetual effort, you learn why being proactive is critical.  It is similar to the old answer to the riddle Q:  What is the opposite of networking?  A: Not working.  You have to be out in the mix just to keep up with the competition.

BPM TAKEAWAY#24:

  • IT’S WORK JUST TO MAINTAIN, MUCH LESS GET AHEAD

  • STAY SHARP

  

BONUS: On the power of social networks click here to see – Anil Dash’s Mission

About codemizell

The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans. BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns. BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators. If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do. The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video. A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style. Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use. And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse. -Roscoe Waxx for BPM

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