Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Achievationers Book :: Chapter III

03/ Catch the wind

Achievation – is when every wind as a tailwind.

Own inertia diminishes with time. That’s why it’s important to have some energetic winds blowing from the outside.

Everything happening around you can be such a wind. Everything which changes. Calm is the worst case. When no winds blow. When nothing carries you. No luck.

The more changes – the better.

Like sailfish. Left the port, caught a wind, were waiting for a different now – everyone is upset. Then being caught by calm, realize that any wind is better. Everyone will be happy to feel any wind, any puff, just to leave the place.

People also suffer from this: they spent a year, two, fifteen on a same spot. Nothing happens. People go nuts from boredom. Too late. Catching up with regatta is no longer possible. All because of turning up your nose at all the past winds.

How do people happen to be cause by asswrinkler swamps? They stop catching winds. That sucks. And that sucks in. Fuel is over and wind is no more.

It’s better to await for a wind as a tailwind, wonder which way he goes and believe it’s your tailwind as well. Then it will become the one. Then whenever you’re carried to, you have everything you need there.

The fact of the sole existence of a blowing wind is a luck already. Meaning, you may have some luck from that.

The Achievationers Book :: Chapters I, II

Hereby I start translating an awesome piece of an inspiring read.


Achivation is:

  • to live easily;
  • don’t stop, when it’s tailwind;
  • when each and every wind is tailwind;
  • when you always have “Plan B”;
  • when changes make you glad;

Also it is:

  • to live happily;
  • when desired goals exist everywhere;
  • when you’re always carried to the goals;
  • when you’re always moving;
  • when you know the lifehacks;

‘Achievation’ and ‘achievationer’ are made up words, but pretty much the initial Russian equivalent in the sense of being based on ‘achievement’ word.

An asswrinkler is just the opposite of an achievator. [Translator]

01/ Live lightly

Achievation – is when it’s easy to live.

When it’s easy to live? When you do something and everyone around helps you with that. Or, at least, nothing disrupts you. Everyone and everything. When you don’t exert yourself. When you don’t knock yourself out. When you don’t pee against the wind. When you enter a market at an unknown town – and you’re popular, beloved and respected there already. When the life is like a jennie. Each and every intention is met openly and supported. Applauses and cheering.

What’s when it’s hard to live? Bicycle principle: whenever you go somewhere – always uphill and up the wind. Wind does not blow the required direction and desired direction does not meet with the wind.

living lightly is always like moving downhill and with the tailwind.

Just to use your own energy for your own happiness. For your pleasure.

And to achieve more in your life.

02/ Don’t stop when it’s tailwind

Achievation – not to stop, when it’s tailwind

Follow your AHA-reflex. Don’t think and don’t compare. When you have luck right now – grab it immediately. Speed is the thing, not frowning farsightedness.

Asswrinkler, when offered something “as is, for free”, rejects. As “free cheese is only found in a mousetrap”. Later, being sorry about the rejection. What if that was not a mousetrap?

Like in a joke. There was a religious comrade, which when the Flood started, prayed the Lord to save him. There was one boat trying to help him, and another, and yet another one and he rejected all of them: “God will save me” – he said. And when he finally drowned, he asked the Lord: “Why you haven’t helped me?”, and got the answer: “Dude, why do you think those boats were sent?”. So grab your luck immediately.

How it usually happens? Stuff is sold cheaply, but right now. Who reacts immediately – wins. Some will crank up on it later. When you can do it right now  – that helps. And costs less.

On the other side, “don’t stop when it’s tail wind” is also about where are you right now. Right now is the thing here. Even if you haven’t bought a toy, still, you trained your desirilator organ. Like you chose one, walking to a cash desk and *BANG* – you now think it inspires you no longer. And like two feet away from the cash desk. Asswrinkler will make the purchase, as the decision was made already! Achievationer will just turn around and walk away. Changed their mind! Unwrap the thing.

‘Desirilator’ is made up to be close to ‘desire’. Desire is the very reason to achieve things.[Translator]

You don’t need to think. Figure out.


Driving collaboration efficiency with communication contracts

One of the cool attainments of ’13 is a long term communication contract which evolved out of thin air. At first it was only used when I was re-negotiating rules for existing relationships I value, but later on I started using that with my freelance customers(I value them a lot too, you know).

The idea is to mutually agree on some ground rules for the further communication to raise the efficiency of teamwork. Even if the set of rules is not something suitable for your situation or your customer, just bringing up the idea of starting rules will enrich your journey with more consciousness ; )

1. Openness

By accepting this rule, we’re committing to share everything related to the matter and our union. All the facts, concerns and feelings. Being open to perceive stuff shared is another side of the principle.

Efficiency in general, describes the extent to which time, effort or cost is well used for the intended task or purpose. (c) Wikipedia

Whenever embarking on some adventure, requiring efforts of more than one side to succeed, it’s beneficial to commit all the resources and dealing with the common problem, rather than political play.

Emotions and feelings exist(and influence the result!) regardless of our attention. Sharing feelings also helps to unveil yet additional layer of stuff affecting the matter, thus achieve more control. If call this unprofessional, don’t forget to envy the results.

Leaving the agreement is also something done explicitly and in an open way. Sabotaging, ill/unhappy and disappearing partners no more!

2. Trust

This one has the following meaning: whenever motivations of the actions of another side are not known, we consider them acting in the best interest of us based on information they have available.

Distributed nature of the modern life makes it tricky to have other team parts available for a council. Even if you’re co-located, being asked about every smallest bit which might be of interest to you will throw you down the multitasking hell.

The principle is also fueled by the Openness: the partner always has as much information as possible to handle stuff in our best interest, even if we’re separated by 12 timezone hours apart. If you’re not satisfied by the outcome, you can always improve that by sharing your desired course of action as well as asking which motivations led to the actions taken in a particular situation.

3. Responsibility

Responsibility is the acceptance of the fact that every result you observe is result of your actions taken or not taken.

This one liberates the relationship from the notion of blame as not constructive(yielding no result improvement) and gives us the instrument to improve each and every situation.

Surely, we can define the areas of responsibility to be not intersecting(also for the purpose of efficiency), but ultimately this principle tells us to view “The other side had skrewed their side of the thing” situation as something actionable on our side as well, e.g. “I’ve skrewed at defining the responsibility areas”, etc.

If you’re still in doubt about how to define meaning of responsibility, please feel free to refer to Christopher Avery’s Responsibility Process. Which is also a wonderful starting point on leadership(and has a downloadable free PDF reminder).


When first spotted the notion of trust, I’ve done some experimentation on applying that to ALL the people all over around me. This ended up with me wasting(most probably) something around $100 on buying tickets and drugs to alcoholic-like guys. Not an expensive experience, but reminded me of the applicability boundaries.

I enter this agreement with people I sincerely like and would like to continue to collaborate with on a long term basis.

The agreement is not something static. And it’s supposed to be broken from time to time. I follow my gut instincts and re-negotiate, or leave.

Pick challenging goals, collaborate to achieve them and have fun!