The butterfly effect

As Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Do yourself a favour; search for jobs with purpose and choose your boss before your title or company.

Have you ever heard about the butterfly effect and what is the impact when the butterfly collides from within?

There are two theories I could adhere too but lets get simplistic and just mention them rather than be overreactive and make preamble assumption.:

1.“A phenomenon in which a small perturbation in the initial condition of a system results in large changes in later conditions. Such phenomena are common in complex dynamical systems and are studied in chaos theory.

[From the idea that the tiny atmospheric changes caused by the flap of a butterfly’s wings can ultimately have major effects on the course of the weather.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

2.(General Physics) the idea, used in chaos theory, that a very small difference in the initial state of a physical system can make a significant difference to the state at some later time

[C20: from the theory that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world might ultimately cause a hurricane in another part of the world]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

It is often said that we often pick bosses over companies when it comes to jobs.There are lots of articles that advise us to pick the right boss over the company and reconsider what type of job we might want to take if successful upon interview.Some theories said that the right boss could boost your career opportunities in a way you never imagined.Also in the hand of a good boss you could have unlimited potential for growth and development and the ripple effect is imaginable with mounts of benefits.

Recently I have read a book from Kevin Eikenberry, From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership and he said and I quote: “Focusing on others will give you more influence and power than focusing on yourself.”

I have to admit that having the right network will give you more influence and power,it will make you marketable regardless of your job title.Couple of years back, I wrote a post about weak ties and I enclose the link below just in case you want to read it:

By cultivating rich social networks, by cultivating weak ties, not just close ties but the weak ties, by becoming connectors and by connecting others so that they connect us, we create a world in which these self-amplifying feedback loops feed on top of each other.Jason Silva

I believe in communicating through the weak ties we need explicit language which is well understood by everyone.Therefore the more weak ties we have,the more connected to the world we are and we are more likely to get information about new jobs which are going on in the market,new trends which are good for your career development and progression,new ideas which could help you with your entrepreneurial skills or even with your leadership status quo.Although the ripple effect cab have a positive effect into your career ,it could also turn sideways and engrave a negative image of what you are or what you do.Picking the wrong boss could endeavour your fitness for purpose and within a big organisation the ripple effect could have a lethal impact into your career.As matter of fact ,you can cause the success or failure for a company just by performing everyday tasks. If in your job duties you make a mistake this may cause issues with the rest of your department if not caught in the interim. If still not caught, other departments are going to be affected by the mistake in an indirect way, thus leading to the customer. At this point you have indirectly affected the customer, one of which you may never see or speak. If that customer receives a product that is not to his standards, he may not want to come back to the company for any additional service and that leads to how well or long the company will survive.

I do advise you to be careful about your boss,your manager or supervisor or any senior might be.Within wrong hands you could create waves of negativities that could leverage your performance or even worse.If you don’t set things into motion right the butterfly effect could trickle to a raging river nearly instantaneously. Although some ripple takes on a life of its own, there are ways to begin the trend slowly over time.


Just think twice about what effect we have on others and vice versa.Think about our friends,people we connect with,our spouses and our bosses.As a metaphor, the butterfly effect has come to signify a series of seemingly trivial and unrelated events that collectively have a massive impact later, whether in causing storms or influencing your life.There is so much to talk about and I don’t want to juxtapose into a blaggery post by writing hundreds and hundreds of words just to give you something to think about but rather I will sum up with a beautiful quote:

‘’Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves. Drew Barrymore’’

Dare to morph into something beautiful,bursting forth into unexpected glory.


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