The Quest for Authenticity in the Digital Tide


The Quest for Authenticity in the Digital Tide

How to be special.

I’ve said this before — Technology is like water.

Water is fully integrated with life.  It is neither bad nor good. Depending on the context, it can be both.   

Technology is the same. We’re swimming in it.  

The arrival of the GenAI’s will force us to grow in ways we didn’t expect.  

We’re going to have to find our Unique Abilities.

OpenAI just released the ability to create AI Agents without code. 

This means you can easily set up an AI to help you with any sequence of tasks. 

Next is an AgentStore, which means that you can sell this AI Agent to others and make money from it just like the App store. 

Just as the Apple Store ignited creativity and a wave of new apps and companies, the GPT store will do the same. 

Expect to be able to buy an AI Agent to do every generic task. 

If generic tasks get “agented” the only high ground will be the thoughts, creations, feelings, desires, and abilities that only you have. 

Dan Sullivan, is a super coach, who at 75 has influenced more coaches than you can imagine.

His core principle of Unique Ability has never been more relevant. 

Dan believes that every individual has a set of natural talents and a passion that constitutes their Unique Ability. 

Unique Ability involves recognizing talents that are marked by superior skill, passion, energy, and the potential for never-ending improvement​​.

This is what one loves to do and does best, forming the essence of their identity​​. 

He developed this core principle after a project in 1974 where he interviewed people with disabilities, and noticed that the most successful people built their lives around their abilities.  He coaches people to identify and then continuously hone their most unique abilities while adding new ones over time. 

He combines this with a principle that 10x goals are easier than 2x.  As Dan tells it, 10x goals help clarify which few activities and relationships are truly important and productive, requiring a mindset shift and letting go of 80% of current activities that don’t contribute to this goal​​.  

AI Agents will take the 80% off your hands.  And if you allow it, you can carve out a path that is both fulfilling and suited to your innate strengths, leading to the “truest freedom possible”​​

It also means that to stand out in any way, for any reason, you must discover who you really are. Authenticity will matter more and more.  Our senses will ferret out the difference between a tin-sounding, irritating, high-pitched “personal brand” and the unique you. Once we know that everything is generated, what will capture your attention, will be imperfectly perfect humans.  

One of my favorite books in the world is The Great Work of Your Life.

The book posits that your dharma is to find what you are here to bring forth. I have read it over and over, in good times and bad.  I have read it while “successful” and “triumphant”–  and found inspiration. And I have read it on my knees, crying and lost —  and found comfort.  

From Dharma to Dan, the Age of AI will require you consider this…Why are you here?  What does your soul desire to create?   Who are you, you perfectly imperfect human? 

It’s more relevant than ever.  

How strange is it that becoming your truest self is the most reasonable response to GenAI?

Comment (1)

  1. Paul Giles

    Well, said, Nichol

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