Belts, Suspenders, Failing To Fail, The Six Sigma Heartbeat, & How To Not Crash Your F-22 2017-11-11T12:29:03+00:00

Usually, 2-3 things go wrong/day, Six Sigma is an approach to perfection; for a million times you do something, only 2-5 go wrong (motor on airplanes).

If you could lower a number of mistakes you do every week, life would be better; they’re costly for relationships, business…

The penalty for mistakes in Selfish Gene is many wasted years (trial and error) that we don’t have; we act like we have all the time in the world, but if you knew when you’re going to die, how more thrifty would you be with your time? (shortness of life)

What can I do to increase efficiency, people think you have to make mistakes; you do learn only from mistakes, but they don’t have to be yours.

Belts and suspenders; Joel wear belts AND suspenders because sometimes the belt would fail you. Things go wrong at the exact worst time- what can go wrong will go wrong. The day you need it most is the day it will fail; no single point of failure.

If you set the expectation that you won’t fail, you will still fail every so often, but not nearly as much. The expectation of failure is the greatest reason for failure.

Seems impossible to not make mistakes, but set that expectations, airplanes made it. It’s safer to be in an airplane than it is to be in the car. Create redundancy in your life.

If you only have one babysitter, the stress level goes up, and the one time that you’ll need it most is the time that she’ll go on vacations.

Instead of relying on memory, which is only a belt, have also a suspender, or you’ll forget something at the worst possible moment. Memory is great, but not the only thing you should use.

In order to do that, create systems; energy is more important than time, set it up the correct way, do important things in the morning. You need to build forgiveness, you need to know things will go wrong.

Keep the finger on the pulse of things; in business, I might need to hire an accountant, but keep watching him, expect things to go wrong, and then they won’t. The things you worry about never happen, the very process of monitoring those things, keep them from going wrong.

The F-22 exercise- you should always plan 3 scenarios (most people don’t build forgiveness; “I have to succeed, there’s no other way”- there’s no belt and suspenders approach, don’t know how much energy it will take, what the reality is)- learned optimism is important, but don’t overdo it, plan the best scenario and build a plan around it, another one you should plan is the worst scenario- your life partner leaves you, you leave your job and then business fails (make a plan for that, how would you re-build?) Don’t be reacting then, we don’t live because our mind is not prepared; do what’s difficult, when it’s easy. Military pilots are trained to plan for the worst case.

We won’t be less happy if we plan for the worst, when we plan for things going wrong which they will, we will actually be happier because of that.

What is the worst thing that can happen to my body? Build immune system now, strengthen relationships now, don’t have delusional optimism (thinking things won’t go wrong).
The last plan you should think of is the most likely scenario.

Six Sigma level 1 is 690,000 mistakes/1 million- a lot of people are like that, everything they touch goes wrong.

Level two is 30%, three is 6%, four is less than 1%, the sixth level is 3,4/million.

Build redundancy is most important, the second tool is planning.

Life is just planning and executing, also ideas.

The idea is easy, planning is harder (10 times), and executing is challenging.

We have big brains to simulate other people’s experience, so just up the game, if you read a book/week, try two books.

Make historians, philosophers your friends.

On which levels of sigmas are you? Level 3

What is the primary reason you think you’re at the level you are at now in six sigma perfection?

Of the things talked about in the video which of these do you need to work on most?

To get from point A to point B (your goals) what is your F-22 plan to get there? Your most likely, least likely, and the perfect plan?

What is a practical thing you can do to have a better back up plan?