That Old (Un)familiar FeelingJuly 14, 2009 | By Wayne O'Neill
“Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not déjà vu; vuja de. It’s the distinct sense that, somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar. And then suddenly the feeling is gone. Vuja de.”
George Carlin, 1937-2008
Whether you were a fan of the late George Carlin or not, you’ve got to give him credit for his ability to play with language and invent fresh, new ways to describe the daily frustrations and pain points of the human experience. And, as it turns out, the comedy icon may just have taught us a thing or two about business along the way. Seriously.
At some point in your career, whether you’re a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a fresh-from-college newbie working your way up the corporate ladder, you’ll probably get to the point where you’re operating purely out of habit: You go to the office, check your email, send out ten proposals, make a PowerPoint presentation, and so on. It’s the same tap-dance, day in and day out. But, it doesn’t have to be.
According to a recent blog post by Mavericks at Work, injecting a sense of vuja de into your daily routine can open your eyes to new opportunities and perspectives that others in your industry may miss. Their tribute to Carlin’s idea of vuja de serves as a thought-provoking reminder that you can change the game.
It all depends on how you look at it.