If this is your first interaction with Becoming Coherent or this series, I am breaking down five movies that had a fundamental impact on making my 10-year long, evolutionary journey more coherent.
I shared my “Eat Pray Love” starting point and the abstract and vague endgame that approximated my version of ‘there’. I shared one of four components of creating more, through the lens of The Matrix. These movies complemented what I was learning as I studied and worked with “infinite players”; those opting out of the competitive, conflict and scarcity lens, on business and life.
The Creative Plane
When I studied the various theories of psychology, four people captured my attention, Erik Erikson, Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. I was compelled not only by what they said but by the similarity of their views, findings and theories.
Each held common positions that humans are designed for more.
In the 1980s, Carl Rogers coined a term ‘person of tomorrow’. He saw people the same way Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung and Erik Erikson saw people; that we are each hard-wired with the ability to evolve toward more of who we are designed to be, who we are at our best.
I am at my best when I am an Integrator, as described in The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson. I have the ability to take divergent concepts, ideas, examples and outcomes and mash them up into something else and cause people to see things differently, which in turn enables them to ‘create’ differently.
Manifesting (which means to see or make something visible – to the mind or to the eye) enables us to Open up to More.
I opened up to more through my Eat Pray Love journey, which reflected the natural evolution that we all go through at various times of our life.
I opened up to more as I incorporated insights from Ready, Player One and Simon Sinek to find more of a game I want to play, for the love of the game, while creating a platform for others to do the same.
Along my journey I reasoned that Roger’s concept of ‘people of tomorrow’ are likely, not the ‘work-weary’ and by extension, ‘businesses of tomorrow’ are those who are manifesting and opening up to more than the mainstream, conventional ways of ‘doing’.
Moneyball made me coherent to the truth that we can all create more by finding our individual, unique and creative mashup, seeing what only we can see from the position we hold on the field.=
Infinite Players, Inside Finite Games.
It does not matter if you love or loathe baseball. If these ideas or this series is resonating, then Moneyball is like Becoming Coherent 101, especially if you own a business. The subtitle for the book, written by Michael Lewis, is ‘the art of winning an unfair game’.
It’s an unfair game because it’s played as a finite game.
In 2011, Brad Pitt starred in the real-life inspired story of Billy Beane, ex-major league baseball pitcher, turned General Manager of the Oakland As.
As Billy explained the real problem the team was faced with, I learned that “there are teams with money (like the New York Yankees) and there are teams with less money, then there is about 100 feet of crap and then there’s us (the Oakland As)”.
There are rules to the finite game of major league baseball.
One of those rules is that teams with money usually win; teams with less money sometimes win; and, teams under 100 feet of crap really don’t stand a chance.
Billy Beane became an infinite player, playing an infinite game within a finite game when he chose to manifest (to see and create) more by opening up to more. He listened to some inner hunch to have a conversation with a student of economics, about baseball.
ECONOMICS and BASEBALL…
I LOVE THIS MOVIE, LOL!!!
I could dissect this movie ‘infinitely’ and I might; one day I might make a core series out of the ‘coherence’ of Moneyball…
Billy Beane stepped into an infinite game when he saw more of the macro elements OF the game, that he could not change. All of the things ‘out there’ – the rules and the culture; the way the game was played, which is UNFAIR!
He could only change the way he played it.
There have been 100s of commentaries about how this did or did not change the game. There have been 100s more about whether it could still work, whether every team could ‘moneyball’ their way to the World Series. All of this is surface stuff, I think it misses the main point or at least the one I’m going to make.
The New York Yankees didn’t need Moneyball; the Oakland A’s did.
As I looked at my version of ‘more’ I saw that I could keep trying to play the game the way most people were playing it and, continue to try to do more than I could sustain (while achieving less) OR… I could open up to a ‘moneyball’ mashup and step into a different kind of game, playing as a different kind of player.
The Magic of Moneyball
It’s not about changing THE game, though at one time I really thought it was. THE game may very well continue to be finite and unfair.
It’s about changing our game and solving the problems we have, that others may not.
Changing the way we choose to play the game and relating to a different way of playing it, creates a larger container and additional conduits, for our version of more.
Billy sums it up when he pleads to his very traditional, very conventionally-minded scouts, “if we think like the Yankees in here (in their minds, in the clubhouse, and their strategy meetings) we’ll lose to them ‘out there’ (on the field, during the regular season and inevitably in the World Series).”
I don’t want to give anything else away. If you haven’t watched Moneyball I think it’s a game-changer. If you do, pay special attention to the final scenes between Billy and the owner of the Boston Red Sox to see how evolving into an infinite game, as an infinite player, opens you up to SO much more.
Are you feeling the rise of possibility that’s being equally quashed by the voice of convention? Consider one thing, you have the exact same natural ability to create an infinite game and play as an infinite player, as Billy did…