Referring to environment in the sense of:
“the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates”
Not the environment we are destroying, at an alarming rate, with fossil fuels, pollution and cow farts. It’s real, check it out here.
The people you surround yourself with have a direct influence on the person you become. There have been countless studies on the topic, one of the scariest being The Stanford Prison Experiment, where some college students assumed the roles of prisoners, and others guards.
“Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.” Professor Philip G. Zimbardo, conductor of the experiment.
Fret not friends, our environment can be used for good, rather than evil.
So much so, Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, believes environment is so crucial it has the power to stop addiction.
In his TED talk, Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong, he proposes that:
“the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.”
A powerful sentiment to the strength and value of meaningful and truthful connection.
If environment is enough to combat addiction, imagine what it can do for business.
Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, in this podcast interview with Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and now chairman of parent company Alphabet discusses:
“the controversial management techniques he created to cultivate an environment of free-flowing ideas”
Managed Chaos seems like such a strange statement but all becomes perfectly clear when you hear about Google’s 20 Percent Time. Essentially, allowing Google employees the freedom to work on any project they wish for 20 percent of their work week. This radical environment has spawned gems like Gmail, Google Maps and Adsense, to name but a few.
This is all fine and well. Environment can fight addiction and create game changing products, “but how does it help me” we hear you cry!
“How smart you are. How talented you are. Where you were born. The family environment you grew up in. These may all play some role as to how successful you will be in life, but in comparison to the impact of surrounding yourself with people who can lift you higher, it doesn’t compare.” Simon Alexander
We are in the age of technology where anything and everything is at our finger tips. We can choose the inputs we accept into our brains. Why not choose wisely? Fill your mind with the good stuff and learn with relentless intention.
Acta non verba,
The BetterMan Team
P.S. If you are looking to change your environment and surround yourself with the right people, check out Apex. This might be just what you are looking for.