I just finished a fiction book, The Elixir Project. Fiction, people. In my world of self-help and business building, it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a novel. My down times have more often than not included the whole family, which isn’t quite conducive to my own reading enjoyment. To steal away and read just for entertainment…ahhhh, it was a blissful break!
The Story of the Fiction – an Elixir for your Mind
The book I read was written by a friend of mine, Kary Oberbrunner. I know Kary in the business realm, and never expected a youth fiction to come out of him! Yet here he is, creating something that allows for entertainment and the ever-so-sneaky twist of seeing how it can apply in real life.
If you liked “Hunger Games,” this is similar in many ways. We all saw the scary similarities to the game show hoopla and thirst for entertainment at others’ expense in the Hunger Games, and this takes it a step further. Technology is everywhere. We are addicted to it and the instant gratification it provides. I’m sure you are familiar with what getting hacked means. If not, the definition is simply “to use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.” Imagine not just our computers being hacked, but the system of our minds. This is the subject of the book, and scarily not that absurd of a topic.
In Kary’s words, “The Elixir Project” is a near-future science fiction thriller. However, it’s based upon science fact. In one word, the larger message is Unhackability. And our companion course (Elixir Project Experience) is a 30-Day roadmap for helping people navigate the noise of life and implementing their best idea once and for all.”
Don’t Live In Fear…But Be Aware
While I don’t want to just create a fear-based mentality, we cannot just turn a blind eye to what is becoming more and more plausible. Shelly Palmer lays it out in her article “Just How Dangerous is Alexa” – we need to be aware of what is possible, and use discretion with how much we put ourselves out there.
In my world of online sharing, it’s easy for people to learn all about not only me, but my family as well. I’m not naive to what that opens up, and I have to weigh that risk with everything I share. Check out this infographic from Net Nanny to get insights into technology and families.
Check out Obrebruner’s Unhackability Assessment if you want to see how “hackable” you are in real life. (I scored a 90% overall – my word of the year, Focus, is clearly what I can work on)!
There were three biggies that I got out of this book, and they aren’t necessarily what you expect:
Create Your Own Ideas –
You’ll learn about this in the book, furthermore, I will lay it out as this – don’t discount your ideas. We are not robots, and what makes us beautifully human is our ability to innovate and create. We can become inspired by others, but it’s our willingness to step out and risk something different is how we break the mold and a new idea is formed. Dream, and if it’s worth it to you, act and create! Everyone has ideas, but it’s those who act on it who end up making a difference. Don’t be afraid; it may be the most significant thing you were put on this Earth to do.
I knew the word, yet I never knew the meaning. “Abra” is the Aramaic equivalent of the Hebrew word “avra,” meaning “I will create.” “Cadabra” is the Aramaic equivalent of the Hebrew word “kedoobar,” meaning “as was spoken. Think about that:
Imagine those amazing ideas becoming something significant as your formulate your own innovative thinking.
Idea, Focus, Flow
Back to those ideas: imagine if you took it in this order:
- IDEA: Flawless Idea Anatomy
- FOCUS: Deliberate Magnetic Focus
- FLOW: Optimal Human Performance
This may be the focus in the book, however it’s also 100% applicable to your daily life. And this is what I love. Kary Oberbruner takes a book that could have been purely for entertainment and created a gameplan for positive living. He has created a solution vs. simply pushing fear and paranoia. This has become an open door for a conversation on innovation and collaboration, creating a community of support to encourage each of us to create our own paths with intention and not be the victim of circumstance. We don’t want to live life in fear of being hacked; we simply need to remain unhackable.
What idea do you have that you should share with the world? What idea will inspire you, drive you, and give you purpose? How are you going to contribute in this world, and step outside of the box to innovate and think for yourself?
My challenge to you for the new year is to read for fun, create new ideas, dream, focus, and flow. Share with me your thoughts below, and how your 2017 is going to eliminate “one day” and create the life you want today.