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Not knowing is not equal to not planning…

March 24, 2013

Not knowing is not equal to not planning…

Babuta (2013) caught my eye this morning as I was combing through my overburdened inbox. The author’s thesis is based upon the notion that one can become overly focused upon planning, and perhaps even execution, rather than focusing upon being in (or ignoring) the present moment. I do not believe Babuta argues for lack of planning as the context of his blogging, in general, seems to promote a more mindful existence in which awareness and simplicity are paramount to any kind of success.

As a professor and an entrepreneur (with regard to my career), the notion of control (or creating the illusion of control) has always been central to my accomplishments. I like to think of it as creativity and innovation on my own behalf. In this way, I can teach and research from an experiential perspective which is critical to my hybrid existence as an academic and practitioner.  Babuta’s title intrigued me and admittedly, I had to step into a more abstract frame of mind to process and accept the notion that control has the opposite effect than the would-be-controller desires. In studying various Eastern-based philosophies, it is easy to see there is a common theme.

Not knowing is the result of not having expectations. This is not the same as not having plans or goals; just keep them to a minimum and adjust your expectations according to your careful choices.

Not knowing is the result of being flexible when it comes to planning. The benefit of planning is risk identification and mitigation. However, anyone who has learned and applies the principles of project management, and/or the management of technology, or any type of decision science, would likely agree that one could not possibly identify every possible risk in any given situation. Planning creates a buffer for these sorts of things. Obsession with planning focuses upon the ego (the controller) and dimisses the idea that humans are, in fact, human. Change management theory reinforces flexibility and

Check out Babuta’s other entries as well as The Beginners Guide to Zen Habits: A Guided Tour for more information. Nice job Leo.


Babuta, L. (2013, March 22). The not knowing path of being an entrepreneur. Zenhabits blog. Retrieved from

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