No I'm not talking about U2 the band although they are one of my favorite groups. This is referring to a concept that I have always been burdened by but have struggled to act upon successfully. As we plow through the fertile grounds of our career or wherever we happen to be we leave behind a furrow that displays a barren earth just waiting for new opportunities to be planted. We have broken new ground and normally planted some seeds and have seen some fruit, but there is much to do in keeping out the weeds, pruning, and harvesting. If you are like me I constantly have my eye on new ground to break and with all the best intentions in the world wish to return to where I first felt the joys of newness and unexplored glories, but the quest moves on leaving the prior work in someone else's hands.
Therein lies my dilemma. I have not purposefully mentored and raised individuals who can competently tend to the work that has been started and that I will unfortunately end up neglecting due to other fields to uncover. The act of You Minus Two (U-2) is identifying and nurturing an individual who is two years removed from you in terms of competence and experience. This person should feel somewhat similar to your character and drive and by doing so you can be somewhat certain that they will effectively be able to take over where you left off. A transitional time will definitely be needed, but if you are not actively seeking out and building up individuals to take your place then you will either be prohibiting your movement to untouched meadows or the ground you have previously painstakingly toiled to break and prepare will grow up with weeds and be no more the better for you having had been there.
If you are anxious to break more ground you must be all the more intent on raising your successor.
For much too long standards and formalities, while inherently positive in themselves, have hindered the true value of passion, creativity, and innovation. Hopefully through the topics presented new ideas and ways to change the culture and world around you will jump off of the pages reinvigorating you to take action and lead.