Chapter 7: Systematic Approach

Things begin to get interesting as we start reaching the outside pillars.

Now we start gearing up for more practical concepts and perspectives.

As always, repeating our development is the best way to remember what we are building.

The foundation is based on the fact that we can constantly learn and improve (we will never fail). Next, we decorated the floor of our mind palace with the idea that anyone can be an entrepreneur.

 

Psychologists have a theory called “holism”. Holism (from Greek ὅλος holos “all, whole, entire”) is the idea that systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not just as a collection of parts.

This is a great way to look at the world around us. There are systems in place and these systems should be seen as a whole (and not just focus on its role or initial part but rather the whole role it plays in the greater scheme of things).

The theory is man and nature have put systems in place to make life happen. Understanding the system enables and empowers users to see areas of error and where room for improvement lies.

This is personally a life-changing perspective. Although I have been observing systems my whole life, the concept of looking at the whole picture really made sense to observations that I had been making and how I can use this observation to benefit myself.

Psychologists use this approach to try to help patients. They look at the parts of their patients’ life (past, present and future) to see where imbalances have taken place. They try to work through the imbalances to stabilize or reinforce, to that patients can progress without glitches.

I consider this “systematic approach” or “collection of systems within a whole” a concept that is a very strong building block. So take your time to let this aspect sink in.


To help you appreciate this concept, you should choose any item around/near/next to you and you can begin to identify the systems in place to allow for it to get there.

A piece of fruit, for example. Say an apple. For it to arrive at your house, it needed to go through several little systems to make that happen.

A farmer needed seeds, land, fertilizer and access to water to make it happen. His is a system known as farming.

Once grown and plucked, new small systems come into play. Logistics, cold storage and retail outlets. Each has their own systems.

Combining the smaller systems gives on the ability to realise how the apple got to your house.

Any object or service created by man has followed a system. Man creates systems to make things work.

Seeing life in systems empowers users with better understandings and considerations.

An example I like to apply relates to waitron. Waiters and waitresses.

These are usually students. Another assumption that can be made is that this is their first job. Usually served on a part-time basis.

Look, I am obviously applying a systematic understanding in this example. Selective to younger folk (when there are indeed professions who have taken years to master the art).

I bring this service sector to your attention for those that have high “service delivery expectations”. Rather than seeking errors in their service delivery, if we understand why they are providing this service, we will better relate to why the service standards are not as high as we would like.

I have no time for people that are not sympathetic. People who have unrealistic expectations try to claim that they are being “constructive” in their criticism when actually that is belittling someone who is making a temporary plan for a bigger picture.

Taking a systematic look at life helps to see and relate better to others. It is a great tool to open ourselves up to different perspectives.

My recommendation is that you identify 3 systems around you before you continue with the next build.

It is a fundamental understanding that needs to be mastered if you want to follow a path to success. It has served me greatly and I wish to empower you with this perspective in your mind palace.

This is a tool I want to share with you.

Observation is factoring in the system that it operates it.

System thinking breaks everything into parts or steps. 

Life is full of systems. 

An example of one of nature’s system is the water cycle. How it evaporates from the sea, forms clouds, they rain on the land, flow into rivers and back into the sea.

Looking at the system as a whole, we can see the different parts of the cycle. 

Understanding the system, we can add our own variables to improve or benefit from the cycle.

If we build a dam wall, we can capture from rain and store it. That would be adding a new part to the cycle which will help us benefit from the transaction.

That’s just one example.

Another example, off the top of my head, is this note pad that I am working on.

It has gone through several systems to get here to me.

It went through the following systems:

  • Production
  • Testing
  • Packaging
  • Shipping
  • Retail

Each part of the above has it’s own systems. Systems within systems.

Observing the world with a systems understanding helps give a holistic view. You can see the whole transaction and all its parts.

This helps identify parts that work well and parts that slow things down. Opportunities can be identified easier when using systems thinking.

Taking a step back and look at each part of the system helps us identify where things can improve.

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