Word playfulness is one of my favourite past-times. Playing with words, meanings, interpretations is often what inspires my content. I love to extrapolate as much conceivable meaning as what I possibly can from any concept which offers nuance, inference, contrast, and abstractness. I am of the inherent belief that in the ‘No Thing,’ ALL potentiality exists. It is a grassroots, back to basics, blank canvas, create and manifest that which first originates in ones own thoughts, visions, and dreams…ideology. The old adage, ‘You have to believe it to see it,’ parlays well and lends itself to my expressed sentiment. Every thing which is possible…preexists in the, ‘No Thing,’ for this is just another way of saying that it has yet to be birthed and brought to fruition. This is how a ‘No Thing’ in fact becomes a ‘Some Thing.’ Conversely/Alternatively, I tend to view the word, ‘Nothing,’ from a more literal viewpoint…nothing more than an extension of nothingness, and yet, the ‘Nothing,’ (for me, and only interjecting my perspective) is the catalyst or the necessary contrast to turn, ‘Nothing’ into a ‘No Thing,’ which consists of the potential to become a ‘Some Thing.’ You with me?
‘Nothing,’ or ‘Nothingness,’ I believe, is in some respects – the prerequisite for one to get to the next level – to level up if you will. For example – if someone is experiencing a deep depression or is experiencing some form of an emotional shock – they will often respond with the word or answer, ‘Nothing,’ when asked what it is they are feeling – a sense of numbness or emotional paralysis if you will. Someone in this emotional state eventually opts to feel ‘Some Thing’ rather than ‘Nothing’ even if that means the ‘Some Thing’ becomes pain – pain aiding as the substitute for the ‘Nothing(ness).’ If a philosophy can exist or be used to explain the different stages or phases of grief then I choose to propose a similar type of philosophy to suggest that an equivalent graduation scale can equally exist to measure ‘Nothing,’ to ‘No Thing,’ to ‘Some Thing.’ Using my example of a person either in shock or experiencing indescribable feelings – feelings which then become defined or termed as ‘Nothing’ (nothingness) – ‘Nothing’ then upgrading to ‘No Thing’ (perhaps no tangible reason in this persons mind to have anything to cling to such as hope or faith) yet in the ‘No Thing’ – ALL potentiality exists – clarity, improved circumstances, support systems, and so forth until one day, ‘No Thing,’ manifests into (becoming) ‘Some Thing.’
So let us now expand upon my illustrated example and parallel it with Entrepreneurship. We as humans always have a need whether that be a basic need of some sort or an inherent spiritual need hence us humans…being in need of a solution for the purpose of solving an identified problem. Once-upon-a-time that need was light. Light being birthed out of darkness. Darkness can be equated or synonymous to ‘Nothing(ness)’ however, in the ‘believing it to see it’ mindset – ‘Nothing’ can very quickly scale to ‘No Thing’ – as in no electricity, no light bulb, the absence of an on-switch. If within the ‘No Thing,’ ALL potentiality exists..so then can (which now does) the eventual ‘Some Thing,’ hence the concept and tangibility for what 24/7 light could perceivably be and become beyond sundown. The reality of what a vast proportion of us are now fortunate to have in our daily lives. Thank you, Mr. Thomas Edison. Thank you, Mr. Nikola Telsa.
This is a perfect segway for me to tie this all together in a full-circle personal and professional moment, for which I had the personal honour and privilege of experiencing in my career path and life journey. In the writing of this piece, Mr. Daymond John, who I will forever be eternally grateful to for having appeared as a guest on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald global radio/podcast show, is who instantly sprung to mind as I began formulating my thoughts with ‘No Thing’ or ‘Nothing.’ As a result of my invaluable interview with the stellar, Mr. John, I have had many a take-away, breakthroughs, and additional layers of yummy clarity.
Daymond embodies the spirit of what it is I have written about in this particular piece. If Daymond was not of the ‘believe it to see it’ mindset and to the point of him executing on ‘Nothing’ to ‘No Thing,’ it is quite likely that Daymond would only be known, loved and appreciated by his immediate circle of family and friends as opposed to being respected for the Global Thought Leader and Influencer he undeniably is. The fortitude, resiliency and gumption of Daymond John so as to turn ‘Nothing,’ into ‘No Thing,’ into ‘Something’ is extraordinary! Thank you, Daymond, for all that you continue to do as a servant leader, and for being the walking, talking, and breathing example in proving to us all that beyond the sky is the limit! I appreciate you our friend!
Love and Gratitude ~ Lisa
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