Live Long and Prosper Mr. Spock

By March 2, 2015 Blog

The argument inside Mr. Spock was between logic and his emotional intelligence. Doesn’t that make him a spectacular example of what we all do as humans–engage with our logical brain and our emotional brain? Think about popular culture’s impact on entrepreneurship and you can see how we all struggle with logic and emotions in building our companies.

There’s sayings like “it’s business, its not personal” or “ do what you love and the money will follow.” These two kinds of popular phrasing I think needs a little qualifying when we hear them in the moment. “It’s just business” seems like a phrase that’s used when we are at a loss for telling someone else that there’s a lack of alignment or another outcome that just doesn’t take into account one of the person’s feelings. I’m not saying that the emotions that are not acknowledged in this example should have more weight than the logical argument for “its just business” what I am pointing out is the dilemna of logic and emotions. Same goes true for the “do what you love and the money will follow…” I’’ve always thought to myself “well, then what?” The phrase has more to do with emotions than logic. Yes, coming up with emotional phrasing is more inspirational than the logical phrasing. This doesn’t make it more important or more correct, inspiration just feels better to us than the alternative (no inspiration).

Mr. Spock I’m certain would have a great logical explanation for all of this.

RIP Mr. Spock.

A little Star Trek Tribute:

Star Trek gave me the idea that the future is always better than the past and that humanities better angels had already won the fight for the soul of mankind (and the good people won!). At the risk of sounding like a cliche, I think my career in technology was directly connected to the ideas of Star Trek and that technology will work to help us be on the side of good. Star Trek gave me a future that was much brighter than the present and helped shape my expectations that the future, indeed, will be brighter than our past.

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