But anyone destitute of a theory about the meaning, structure and direction of modern society is a lost victim in a world he cannot understand or control.
African-American writer and poet Richard Wright, famous for his critically acclaimed Uncle Tom’s Children, that 1940 bestseller Native Son and his 1945 autobiography, Black Boy epitomizes what it means to derive meaning from a situation that seems hopeless. Having written in the Protest Movement (1940 -1959), Wright was able to use the word “Black” metaphorically to give new meaning to the struggles of black life. Through his semantic intelligence he addressed the problem of perspective through storytelling and his creative imagination. In the Blueprint for Negro Writing “The Problem of perspective” Richard Wright, explains that perspective is that part of a short play, poem or novel that a writer never puts on paper, but is a fixed point in intellectual space where a writer stands to view the struggles, hopes and sufferings of his people (Cite). There must be a conscious level of understanding regarding your artistic expression in lieu of your environment.
You cannot observe the struggle from an angle that is necessary to the psychological upliftment of your community, and not be able to in some form or fashion articulate the imagery of that plight. As an entrepreneur, who has been called to solve problems for yourself, family, community and the world at large, you need to aim at better understanding the insights extracted from your external as well as internal experiences. In our modern society, we call these type of individuals “systems thinkers” and not in terms of solving problems in a systemic fashion, but more so about using reason, logic, and objectivity to build new paradigms of understanding.
Many entrepreneurs have reached that “eureka” moment or have gotten to that point where they feel like they are brimming and bursting with million-dollar ideas. They have gotten mentors, business coaches’, college degrees, hired help, a new circle of friends, and all the “Think and Grow Rich” books that they can find but somehow seems to fall short in collectively bringing together all those parts that makes up the totality of their vision. Why is this? What creates the friction that seems to cancel out those burning desires from manifesting?
Does the unpredictability of our societal norms conflict with one’s ambition to pursue his life-long goals? Although, you and many others may ponder these questions concerning your business success are you able to see yourself as an artist with the consciousness that understands struggle as an imperative consequence of success? The real question here is: Can you face insurmountable odds, continue to build in the face of adversity, and perfect your semantic intelligence all at the same time? No matter your how bleak your current situation may appear, you got to somehow find a way to derive meaning from your life experiences. You must become a human observer, slow down and see the world through a cultural, environmental and biological lens in which you are able recognize the patterns and processes that is shaping your world.
The concept concerning “Perfecting your Semantic Intelligence” is a metaphor for being able to understand the actions of your world through language. This concept may be foreign and in direct opposition to the notion that you got to be going 200 miles per hour to see any true results. Some of my best breakthroughs and learning lessons has come across my plate, while I was reflecting, observing, thinking, writing and learning to transcribe meaning from my failures as well as successes. Understand that business success and language go hand in hand, and to the degree that you can find meaning in your roadblocks, hurdles and uphill battles the greater your success will become.
When you start to “Visualize the Hustle” you will see yourself effectively targeting those informational gaps, building castles, traveling the world, giving away millions to causes that tugs your heart strings, and just imagining the impossible. Allow room for an honest and creative assessment of your time, talent and resources, while you are expanding your awareness on the inside. When you think in terms of perfection that is not to suggest a blameless disposition but a mere satisfying of all the requirements necessary to close your own semantic gaps and give yourself room to perfect your own semantic intelligence.
Perfecting the “Semantic Intelligence” is a life-long educational journey that you must take on to appreciate the beauty in your struggle. It requires you to study the socialization of global ambition which effects your local community. It requires you to understand Institutionalized thinking and the science of community building. What about global inequality, social movements concerning global democracy, and politics of the mind, body and soul? Are you willing to become a defender of truth? The rules of the game require you to understand “Social Disorganization”, a concept that Albert Cohen author of “The Study of Social Disorganization and Deviant Behavior” describes as a situation with no rules, vague rules or conflicting rules (Cite). So how do you perfect your understanding of the circumstances and situations in which encompasses your world, when the creators of chaos and confusion operate without no rules, vague rules or blatantly with conflicting rules.
Semantic Intelligence in this sense is urging you to circumvent the personal ambition in lieu of the collective ambition. How powerful of a force could you create if you found 25 individuals who understands the importance the synthetization of collective power? Through these unions you will have created the necessary leverage to articulate your experiences in a meaningful way. As for now there is a gap that exists concerning the semantics of your life experiences. On one end of the spectrum, you might have a burning desire to change the world but no resources, plan, vision, partnerships or ambition to make that dream come alive. On another end of the spectrum you got all the resources, connections, ideas, and friends in high place but no means to articulate your existence for living.
Closing the Semantic Gaps will require you to gather the necessary intelligence needed to find a greater level of understanding and appreciation in the world in which you live. This intelligence will help you to identify, detect and solve those formative breakdowns that misalign with your understanding and analysis of the problems that truly needs solving. Once you can better understand your personal thoughts, biases and external stimuli that is extracted from your environment, mindset, thoughts, ideologies and perspectives, then you will be able to fill in those gaps and develop a new level of understanding concerning your life experiences. Futurist, Thomas Frey (2018), explains in his article “Computing’s Next Big Transformation- Semantic Intelligence”, that humans don’t think like computers and computers don’t think like humans. Scientist who study these gaps identified many semantics that may be prevent humans from thinking like computers and vice versa, and below points to the main gaps that exists.
•The semantic gap between different data sources – structured or unstructured
•The semantic gap between the operational data and the human interpretation of this data
•The semantic gap between people communicating about a certain information concept.
Let’s be clear you are not trying to think like a computer but derive the meaning from why a human would want to think like a computer and vice versa. The semantic intelligence of any situation is about interpretation and exploration, or the ability to make connection between outside of the box ideals and concepts. Look below and try to see if you can make some connections.
•Mind Power + Fighter Jets
•Black Twitter + Singaporean Politics
•Geiser + Toothbrush Holder
•Entrepreneurship + Poetry
•Donald Trump + Harriet Tubman
•Africa + Pablo Picasso
Do you have a gap between your different data sources in which you derive your information and if so is it structured or unstructured?
In other words, you are trying to find a pattern or process that helps to shape your world. In what ways can you think outside the box of mainstream media and today’s regulated press, to find meaning in your world. Where do you derive your information from? Your friends, family, your religious institution, the library, your muse, blogs, self -help books, the bible, journals, magazines, your inner self? What gaps exist between what you believe to be true and what is actually true? Is this information structured or unstructured? This would be easy to decide if you are only deriving your information from a few sources. But, the big-picture here is that you formulate some sort of filter as to what you allow to penetrate the recesses of your mind. You may be listening, learning and adhering to many different ideologies of our modern world, mistaking it for being learned and or cultures. The experiences that you will derive from traveling, reading and just being a student of life, isn’t about the comes in or goes out but more importantly about what can be extracted from those learning lessons and experiences.
Do you have a gap between your operational data (competitors, creditors, suppliers, customers etc.), and your own interpretation of the data?
Regarding your operational data if you are not seeing your competitors, creditors, suppliers and customers as information specialists you might be in the wrong field of play. What they see about your credit worthiness, your ability to become a threat to their enterprise, the services you provide and your target markets is more about big-picture thinking. You see the mindset is strategic and long-term in their ability to influence life 10-20 from now. As an entrepreneur, you cannot allow the gap of how you view your operational data differ from your own interpretation of the data. Don’t look at the data regarding your inability to perform or to compete at the highest levels in your industry, but find a means to look beyond your current environment to see a bigger and more organized level of unity, that allows you to make better informed decisions about the nature of your business enterprise and transfer that into a computational model of success.
Do you have a gap between people communicating about a certain information concept?
Consider this viewpoint “The glass is half empty for some and half full for others”. These ideologies characterize the semantic gaps between people communicating about a certain information gap. The semantic gap characterizes the difference between two descriptions of an object by different linguistic representations, through language or symbolism. Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? Are you optimistic (half full) or pessimistic (half empty) concerning the information that is available at your disposal? Although, we live in an age where Big Data, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cloud Computing bombards the digital landscape, you can still close the gap that would suggest these concepts are foreign language and is out of your range of comprehension. Bringing together a network or group of individuals who share’s a commonality for building altruistic values will need be optimistic about new sources of information that cold spring up to nurture a level of growth and success. You must brainstorm and collectively undergo a shift in your mental dynamics to recognize the shifts in how people related to one another, misaligned value systems, attitudes, and the perceptions these ideals are having on all sectors of society.
Brainstorming according to Wikipedia is: “a group creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion or solution for specific problems by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its members.” Typically, brainstorming is associated or recognized as a group activity; but in this case, you as the conscious thinker, entrepreneur and word scientist must be able to brainstorm and extract meaning from your incoming information. Whenever you are forced to face the reality of your situation today and the uncertainties of your world tomorrow you will see that there can on be two possible outcomes Either the reality of the present will cloud your judgement and destroy your dreams for the future, or your future dreams will circumvent the reality of today.
Although, research has shown that brainstorming in groups can somewhat hinder or inhibit idea generation, you still must be able to utilize the minds of others and bounce ideas around. Yes, sometimes waiting for members of the group to bring forth their individual ideas, points and opinions, may cause you as the entrepreneur to miss opportunities to express personal inspiration. Generally, brainstorming for an entrepreneur is about finding solutions to problems with the knowledge and intelligence they have acquired. Concerning this context, you must look at certain methodologies through which you can maximize the knowledge of the groupthink in conjunction with your own brainstorming techniques. Many entrepreneurs, business persons, tycoons and magnates carry out lots of market research, and conducts extensive searches into aspects of the world that are overlooked and hidden from plain view.
To this regard, lots of the information is useful and the others not so useful. As a creative entrepreneur just starting out, seasoned or veteran in your approach there is need to be able to sift through these large amounts of information and access the most applicable to your frame of reference. The vision you as an entrepreneur has for changing the world becomes less effective, with a strong and willing desire to brainstorm and make the necessary connection between what you know to be true and what actually exists in the world. This is a highly valuable tool that helps with breaking down problems into manageable equations, and identifying possibilities and groundbreaking maneuvers that aid’s in the expansion of your operations.
Oftentimes, we hear of stories concerning entrepreneurs whose business operations fail with the first five years of production, and then of the success stories of those start-ups that come out on top. Why? Because innovation needs something to hang its hat on. Failure is often a motivator because it causes one to dig deep into the problem of why failure occurred in the first place. A commonality shared between the failed and successful startup is that they both had ideas, they both had visualized dominating their niche, they were both filled with knowledge, skills, etc. The separation point lies in deriving meaning from the idea of business as it relates to the whole verses personal ambition. Most entrepreneurs want to focus on a lot of different things like finance, target market, partnerships, products, sales, incubators, and the technological aspects of enterprise, versus the visions and objectives he feels will best bring positive impact to himself and immediate community.
Statistically, only about 18% of first-time business owners/entrepreneurs have a chance at success. With this very low percentile in mind you must quickly factor in all the means and ways that you can increase that percentage before you even start. Biblically, in Luke 14:28 (ESV), states “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it”. Although, this number can become frightful at the onslaught of building your dream there is also a few things that must be factored in that I overlooked throughout my entrepreneurial journey in which costed me lots of headaches, grief and much pain in which you can avoid. Understand that counting the cost regarding entrepreneurship can mean separating from your family for years, alienating your spouse, spending 5-10 in higher education, undergoing a radical shift in the way you view the world, embracing your entrepreneurial journey as a spiritual process and submitting to a higher process within the entire process.
Free Enterprise, is often glorified and thrown around as a concept that is feasible to the masses. But, at what level of sacrifice are you willing to take on to bring about that burning vision that sits in your soul awaiting release. Successful entrepreneurs who can escape the monotony of challenge, struggle and strife, and the ones who work around those invisible unknowns, and allows their visions to take on a life of its own will become successful in their business dealings. To retain relevance and remain a candidate for entrepreneurial success, the 21st-century entrepreneur should be able to effectively use their semantic intelligence to highlight certain ways which they can brainstorm, and effectively implement the knowledge and intelligence acquired to become successful. Additional ways in which to brainstorm more effectively is as follows:
•Carry out in depth market research: There is a need to go into various markets and research extensively to note where the acquired intelligence will best fit in.
•Travel: The world isn’t so small, as the popular saying goes. There is a whole big world out there that the new entrepreneur can go into and explore to acquire more knowledge and experience. In this process, it is highly likely that you come across appealing ideas which can be implemented into existing ones.
•Explore diverse ways of thinking: There are different methods of thinking and these also change with the times and are constantly yielding better results as time passes. So, the brainstorming process itself should also involve new and diverse ways for the entrepreneur to think and arrive at solutions to needs.
•Meet new people: This is of high importance to the new entrepreneur. It is essential to go out and need new people of the same vision. This helps to network and share ideas and also freshen up on the brainstorming process. Striking up a conversation is one of the best ways to get honest criticism and reviews on ideas.
•Find a Mentor: It is important for the starting entrepreneur to have mentors to look up to. These mentors are available to guide, motivate and even in some cases, sponsor and facilitate the ideas of the protege.
As I mentioned earlier during the brainstorming process, it is important for you to avoid the groupthink so early in the process. Groupthink, is important and will become a vital component to your success but you must first derive a more meaningful stance of why you want to start an entrepreneurial venture, and the ideals behind what you will have to give up in making that dream a reality. Why? Because in a group setting early in the process you might experience hitting a brick wall in productivity because of apprehension on unproductive ideas and unnecessary questioning. However, as I just previously mentioned you cannot entirely rule out the need to evaluate and pay attention to the ideas of others. This doesn’t mean that the ideas and knowledge of others come first, it simply means that after careful evaluation, you will be able to extract meaning from those the external ideas to further complement the vision and intelligence you have. In the process of brainstorming, for you to accomplish your goals and objectives, there are certain steps to be taken.
1.Take Breaks: It is important to give those mental muscles a break after doing lots of research and brain activity work. Take short vacations, rest, eat healthy food, walk, ride a bike, laugh, and just live in the moment.
2.Stay persistent: As an entrepreneur you need to stay focused and persist no matter the cost. Distractions will come your way just to test the sincerity of your fundamental objective. If you fall in the ditch make sure you take the vision with you until you climb out of the ditch. Keep the persistent vision of what you want to achieve always.
3.Avoid distractions: A major factor that derails entrepreneurs while they are in the process of accomplishing their life purpose is distraction. Lock in to the path that has been set before you and run like hell towards that objective.
4.Stick to the rules: Everything has rules. Even the brainstorming process. These rules must be followed religiously by you the