Redundant Flexibility

Day 78 Week 12 Q1  Sunday, March 19, 2023

Creative Outliers like to try new things, which means they experience failure more than most and, early on, usually find out that failure does not kill you or your career. You try things, some work and some do not, and learn which is which, to move on.  We tend to enjoy the flexibility of taking chances and also tend to use some of the de-risking techniques of other explorers and adventurers. 

One solution is redundancy. Have more than one plan. Have more than one approach. Have more than one system to complete what is needed. Bring an extra charger, cable, battery, guitar, laptop and yes, even phone. I know I am a nerd, but I have been carrying all of these at one time or another. And they have saved me from disaster innumerable times. By the way, the most powerful redundancy of all can be you! 

Assuming teams and collaboration are how many larger things are done when there is always a chance someone may fail or not show up is if you know how to play their role and do their job. Here is an example of taking this to an extreme. As a musician, it is usually fun to perform with other musicians. There is the comradely, and there is also the dependency.  

One way to radically simplify performance situations is to be capable of performing in an unaccompanied manner. The music a single musician can perform is not generally as compelling as an ensemble. But the time it takes to recruit, rehearse, manage and direct a group is also significant, as is the compensation of a solo artist. I love performing with other musicians and also as a Monsemble or one-man ensemble. 

It is far easier for a single person to commit to a date, time, location, duration, format, style, deliverables and compensation. This means they work more often, get paid more, and have far more flexibility than a person who requires an ensemble.  There is a reason the guitar and piano are two dominant instruments in the world; they are both self-continued and can also be played with others. Most musicians who learn to play an instrument that requires an ensemble to perform stop playing within a few years of getting out of school. 

Sometimes it is a skill, sometimes, it is gear, and sometimes it is your contacts. However you do it, having more than one way to get the job done is a form of redundancy. Call it a backup, a plan B, contingency plan, but have the means to be flexible. People in the special forces say one plan is no plan, because they are always facing the unknown. So are creative outliers. In fact, we are each a different kind of special force. To maximize your flexibility which also is needed to be sustainable and reliable, there has to be some redundancy involved. 

If yo have not already, see if you can get in the habit of being flexible through redundancy.