“Make your labyrinth bigger.” – Bruce Gunther
I heard Mr Gunther speak at a gala. What I wrote down from his talk was the above quote.
What the context was, precisely, I don’t recall. What I like about it is that it’s a great way to think about connectivity – the visual and idea of the Labyrinth.
Dictionary: an intricate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one’s way or to reach the exit.
If we consider that connectivity is a labyrinth, then we can approach it with a smarter, clearer mindset.
- What path will I take? Why? To what purpose and end?
- Which path do I not want to take? Why? To what end?
If you’re struggling to find your best paths, a labyrinth may be maddening. It may also provide us with unexpected options that lead to places we didn’t anticipate. That’s a big part of trusting in connectivity: unexpected opportunities.
By its very definition a labyrinth is intricate with multiple options of paths. Connectivity is the same.
As a connector, be prepared to set out on a path, to choose the Y and go forth. You know you can keep going, regardless of familiarity and foreignness. You have to trust that the path will reveal options. We always have options.
Examine your labyrinth. See where the entrance is, your portal to connectivity. Choose and pursue a path. See what you encounter and can impact. Keep going.
At the exit of the labyrinth, you may be so inspired that you go back in. Go.