Rohit, please tell us, how can financial services keep up in a faster world?
Rohit It's a good question for anyone. I mean, how can any of us keep up in a faster world? I think what a lot of people are tempted to do is try and become speed readers. What I help them do is be speed understanders instead. So I think that the way to keep up is to become what I call a speed understander or get better at consuming information without taking more time doing it.
Should we all be more selective about what we’re reading or watching?
Rohit Yeah. You don't have to eat the whole doughnut to know that it probably isn't good for you, right? So part of it is knowing right away if something is a waste of your time. What does the celebrity look like now? The picture that we all encounter and get sucked into. It’s about being protective of your own time because there are lots of ways that it gets sucked into things that later feel like, Oh, I should not have eaten that whole box of doughnuts - the media equivalent of that. And yet we spend our time doing that. What I'm encouraging people to do is become more conscious of it so that they don't do that.
You coined the term non-obvious thinking. Tell us more about that.
Rohit I've spent a lot of time building a brand around this idea of being non-obvious as a person. What it means to me is that you see the same things that everyone sees, but you don't think the same thing because you have so many different sources of input and so many diverse perspectives that you're able to see what I call the non-obvious, which is the thing that other people don’t see because their perspective is not diverse enough. It’s a skill set that we can intentionally build in ourselves and it’s based on having more empathy for people who aren't like you. Being more open-minded. If we had more leaders and more of us who were open-minded, that would change the world in a lot of ways because a lot of the conflict in the world ends up happening because people don't understand people who don't think like them.