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As You Like It

On April 11, 2016, in Leadership V8, by Neculai Fantanaru

Announce something new, but do not take up the burden of also saying it.

I wanted to acquire a vague idea about something specific, before grasping it, in a sort of process of reinvention in a marginalized space. As if I was locked away in a room from which I could escape only after a certain time, generally for one hour, during which I had to try and resume my normal course of life.

This strange fact, somewhat mixed, confused with the thought of the atypical situation I found myself in, offered me almost a good reason to seriously take into consideration the option of return to where I was before. In a pure coincidence with an interval of uncertainty that announced something new.

Nobody seeks to express something that could just as well mean something else, even if through their relationship to science, adhering to a different type of thinking, could very easily conceive it beyond the borders of the acceptable. Strangely, this makes you think. It means a constant detachment from the finite landmark of "stay where you are" and the integration into a constant of transformation, difficult to accept, called find before you seek."

Leadership: Can you find your perfection according to your belonging to a creation acquired during the quest for unknowable truths about yourself?

In other words, I was the seeker of hidden meanings attributed to things that surrounded me from a world in which I found myself perfectly, one I had forgotten, and which only writing reminded me of. I did not know exactly what topic I would like to address, I did not know what to start with, I was looking for answers to atypical questions, I made all sorts of connections between different facts and events, but everything seemed to be more of an opportunity to experience the dimension of the space of a senseless world.

When you want to say something you first start with an observation, for example “This house is green”. But the real challenge is finding out what exactly is in the house, without knowing its interior. Here is the key to the entire vision and creation that enters into a crossword puzzle game, a blindfold game, because here are all the essential reasons for success in literary activity. You have to put yourself into the skin of the one who lives in that house thinking of him as you think of yourself.

What I did not know about myself but which I was supposed to include in a literary reality was a composition of the type “what would I do if I were living in a house I never entered?” The words of the Duke of Richelieu addressed to the Marquis de Chauvelin remain up to this day in my memory: "I have announced something new, this is true. But I do not take up the burden of also saying it."

A kind of craftsmanship is present here too, being consistent with the existence of a logic that tries to capture the meaning of an unexpected horizon, a logic which is not just one of reason, as much as of feeling, of fantasy, of inducing curiosity, in a world of the game of "As you like it."

The opportunity to control the course of this doubtful game, culminating through its very explaining next to a special form of responsiveness, among so many criteria alienated by logic, interpreted in the way knowledge related to me, was offered to me whenever I tried to discover a new aspect of my personality.

Leadership: Is what people expect you to offer them in fact what they themselves must discover in a context of reality that your thinking is looking for?

Always the man who tests his ability of expressing something abstract, resorts to a certain degree of exaggeration. His development is produced the moment he realizes that he himself determines everything, under the internal pressure of the brilliance to contribute to outlining the décor of something difficult to find, but whose preference remains deep within the consciousness of others as being a characteristic of the new. And at the same time, a characteristic of their own nature.

For people to pay interest to the extended context of the "new", they need to form a vague idea of something specific, before grasping it. What it appears to them that you are offering, is in fact what they themselves need to discover in a context of reality that your thinking is looking for. This is the principle underlying the art of writing and persuasion, making up the expression of a process of extending what people perceive when entering a world of the game of "As you like it."

The only frame of reality that my thinking was looking for was the cultural effect, a fragment of a writing in which could be found a word, an expression, an interesting passage of a meeting with that part of me craving to get to know new worlds.

The shock of the experience of the "new" remains a decisive one, consisting in a postponement or even cancellation of judgment. Without a clear answer, without an easily understood message, man gets lost in the vague spaces of utopias of alternation, the un-probable become for him a hidden reality. The effect is a successful one, unexpectedly powerful, because the sensation of learning more is set.

The one who yields the art of writing and the art of persuasion is often guided by the following principle: "Announce something new, but take up the task of saying it too !"

In other words, let people truly be champions, let them discover what fits them, penetrate the essence of your words depending on their nature. Champions are guided in life by the following terms: I want ! I know ! I can !

Leadership: Does the image of originality you place in the center of attention become part of what completes people which can prolong your reality due to the contact maintained with what is inside you?

A good writer is a fantastic practitioner of persuasion, doing his best to always convince people of the truth and authenticity of his ideas. He knows how each of his readers think: "Something is missing from this equation, but in order to find out, I am obligated to fit in it."

A writer will first try to increase the perception of his lack of control, by introducing the effect of agglomeration of elements that will consume or under your space of understanding. In order for you – the reader – to go deeper into the subject, into the core of things, and strive to find a meaning that will animate you and make you pick something of use, in accordance with the inner logic of your involvement in the game.

By appealing to what is not known, or is not clearly expressed, it is generated in people the impulse of revolt against their own rules. The measure and image of novelty that needs to be faced becoming "the part that completes them." Readers must include themselves from the very beginning into the map of your reality, within what you express, and while keeping contact with you, they must validate whatever you say by a reaction like: “That is what I want to believe” or “This is what I feel about it.”

Leadership is the perception that you have of what you must include or eliminate from a reality that can be challenged at any time.

As You Like It shows the perspective of defining novelty, in the absence of integrative concepts in the context it was placed in. Novelty is what you express in writing that becomes an unexpected finding and an appealing notion of literary creation meant to be subject to the verisimilar, without provoking controversy among critics.

Your success as a writer and leader depends on the way in which people manage the messages they receive in the virtue of an un-analyzable logic and the limits the experience of introducing the new imposes – something that at times leaves too little to be seen, but from which a lot more is extracted.


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