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What is Mojo?

What is this thing we call mojo? Well, Wikipedia says:

Mojo (pronounced /?mo?d?o?/) is a term commonly encountered in the African-American folk belief called hoodoo. A mojo is a type of magic charm, often of red flannel cloth and tied with a drawstring, containing botanical, zoological, and/or mineral curios, petition papers, and the like.[1] It is typically worn under clothing.

We all know when we say, “we have mojo” or “we need to find our mojo” we’re not talking about a magic charm, we’re talking about getting our groove on, our swerve on, etc. But what the heck does that even mean?

We know when we don’t have mojo, right? We know when we need to find our mojo. Yet when we have it, sometimes we don’t know it – we’re just groovin along. Then we fall off and say, “shit, we gotta get our mojo back.”

When I try to define it, I think mojo embodies…

  • Confidence
  • Execution
  • Freedom
  • Success
  • Momentum
  • Teamwork
  • Positivity
  • Perseverance
  • Enthusiasm
  • Knowledge
  • Perspective
  • Control
  • Focus

That about sums it up, eh? If you can get all that at the same time, either as an individual or as a team (or organization), than you’re unstoppable. Mojo also implies that you can’t easily be derailed, taken off course.

Can you have mojo without some of those attributes? In my opinion, no – you need all those things. Without perspective you don’t have mojo; without positivity you don’t have mojo, etc.

How do you get mojo? How do you go from where you might be now, to a place where you got mojo? I suspect mojo starts with some fundamental things. You must have some perspective before you can start building mojo. You must be focused on something specific to build mojo. What else? What do you think? Let’s build on this.

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