Jan Bosch is a research center director, professor, consultant and angel investor in startups. You can contact him at jan@janbosch.com.

Opinion

Protagonist rule #1: Own it

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The big risk for many of us is to start hedging to make the pain of failing less bad. In that process, we easily become our own worst enemies.

Life at work, as well as outside of work, can be very surprising. Lots of unexpected and unwelcome things can happen. Interestingly, if you look at how modern society organizes itself, you realize that much of what we spend time and energy on is concerned with creating predictability in our lives.

The houses we live in are used to keep us warm and dry. Our cars bring us quickly and conveniently from one place to the other. Our mobile phones keep us connected to the internet and the rest of the world. Most companies organize work in a periodic, repeatable and therefore predictable fashion. We have yearly appraisal talks. Agile teams use sprints, sprint plannings and retrospectives as well as daily standups. All this is to create predictability in our lives. Even if it may become boring over time, most of us thrive in a context where routines and habits fill most of our day.

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