Genchi genbutsu (pronounced gen-g gam-but-sue) is a Japanese expression meaning ‘Go and see’ or ‘Go to the source’. Whenever you or I think about changing, taking a different path or pursuing our passion as an enterprise, we should be prepared to go and see how others are doing it.

We need to be humble enough to ‘sit at the feet of a master’ — to watch and learn. Too often we bounce our passionate idea off friends or family members who have little or no expertise in the area of endeavour we want to pursue and so are not in a position to offer qualified advice.


The first port of call should be to talk to or study someone who is walking a path you want to pursue. Associate with people who are on a journey similar to your own. It is always difficult to explain what you are passionate about, whether it is photography or writing or painting or volunteering overseas, to someone who has never walked that journey. That is why it is critical for you to go to the source and gain insights, inspiration and information from those who you connect to the passion you are pursuing.

The power of positive influence is increased when you mix with people who share your interest or connection, those who are travelling a similar journey. Whether they are ahead of you or behind you on the journey, sharing and learning from these people is profoundly transforming. Take every opportunity to ...

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