The Artisan and the Plagist

Write your Manifesto, cultivate Mindsets at work and in your personal life

It has been a meaningful exercise to write down my manifesto to clarify what contributes to make me feel alive, what are my core values and a few guiding principles to live by.

Writing your personal manifesto is pragmatic way to initiate a process of self-knowledge. More on Self-Knowledge (and learning through practice) on the Blue Lotus Café Podcast. My personal manifesto turned to layout a « Plagist » mindset, where my professional manifesto tends more toward an Artisan / Craftsman mindset. More on Writing your Personal Manifesto on the Blue Lotus Café Podcast.

Why Cultivating Mindsets?

Writing your own set of rules to live by, doesn’t mean that you can not get inspired by others, to the contrary. I like to observe people’s attitude, extract the best of it and visualize it globally as a mindset. A mindset is a way to face a given context, it’s a simplified operating system. I found useful to adopt the relevant mindset for managing challenging project. Mindsets are a comprehensive set of simple rules to guide you, to outline a positive attitude and to facilitate the decision making process. A Mindset includes a consistent and relevant set of principles, habits and activities. I visualize a mindset model as a useful series of attitude patterns.

Listen to Blue Lotus Café Podcast on Cultivating Mindsets. You can also tune in on the episode about the Instructor Mindset… Now to illustrate this concept, see bellow the Craftsman and the Plagist mindsets:

The craftsman, a Mindset at work!

  • Take one day at a time. Minimize your work in progress that day. Focus your attention on deep work. Remove any distraction. Make sure you are hard to reach.
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Working from Tazacorte and Puerto de Tazacorte in La Palma (Canary Islands)

Set your own rules so that you can experience what taking decisions really implies and feels like. When you screw up, no one else is to blame for it, fix it or move on. More details on the Artisan Mindset on the Blue Lotus podcast.

Revealing my true « Plagist Soul »

  • Uniqueness is a super power. We just need to accept our personality and reveal what makes it special. I am full of contradictions, which happens to be just fine. It’s ok to not exactly understand the kind of world that we are living in. There is always another way to perceive and do things. I keep looking for alternatives.

The Tao of the Plagist, a lifestyle Mindset!

« Le Plagiste » (aka The Plagist) in French is someone living close to the sea and working during the good season on a beach… My very personal interpretation of this nice sounding word is a Lifestyle Mindset:

  • Each day is a life. Enjoy it. Everyday can be as easy as a Sunday morning. Don’t take anything too seriously. Listen, observe and learn from nature. Climate is changing, always. Go with the flow. Rest when it rains.
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La Vida Bonita on La Palma (la Isla Bonita)

As you may have notice this topic has been largely covered on the Blue Lotus Café podcast, you can find it on Apple Podcast or on Spotify. If you have any question, feel free to contact me, Christophe Berg. Or catch me if you can on social media (look for kristofberg). You can find some more on my webpage: https://www.kristofberg.com

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Author, educator & coach. Plant-based 🌱 since 2005

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