Today is April 13 and the Navigate the Chaos question to consider is “what are you doing to slay the dragons?” Those who navigate the chaos understand the value of putting in the work required to slay the dragons. Now, dragons are large, fictitious and scary creatures found in films, books, and stories. The term ‘slay the dragons’ refers to figuring out how to deal with overwhelming, real, and frightening tasks on both the professional and personal levels.
Those navigating the chaos recognize the anonymous saying "You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery."
Navigating the chaos takes bravery, a commitment to self-improvement, and a constant awareness to be on the lookout for the next dragon. Dragons can be external (bosses, neighbors, family members) or internal (self-doubt, self-sabotage, or lack of self-discipline). If you travel the path of navigating the chaos, there is little to no chance of never encountering dragons that need to be slayed.
As VP of Product Design at Hulu, John S. Couch needed to slay the dragon of inertia to redesign the Hulu Experience, the company’s first major update in a decade. With a commitment to rebellion, collaboration, and self-improvement, Couch found a way to slay the dragon and catapult Hulu towards a trajectory of relevance, vitality, and sustainability. As Couch said in an interview on 99U – A Creative Career Resource:
“After decades of eating badly and working too much, I finally realized that my machine (my physical body and mental state), needed to be cleaned up. Work had worn me down and at one point I had chronic fatigue and was overweight. I had to set boundaries up to allow myself time to work out, eat well, get a good night’s sleep and, most importantly, spend time with my wife and daughter. I’m fortunate that I get to drive my daughter to school every morning and spend quality time with her. And I’m also fortunate that my wife is my creative collaborator on everything from art to writing. She’s my first audience, my editor, my critic—and my biggest cheerleader. As long as that’s stable, I can slay dragons during the workday.”
By improving his physical and mental health and enhancing relationships with his wife and daughter, Couch was better able to slay dragons. What are you doing?