Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More


St Mungo, Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

June 8, 1983

This essay, Workability, is the eighth in a group of twelve adapted from my thesis BREAKTHROUGH SKYDIVING: It is also the first in an octology on Workability:

Workability isn't a chance or random quality. Neither do things work because of luck. In fact (as Gary Player may have said) the harder I work at anything, the luckier I get.

There's a particular way in which any given thing or event works which may or may not be the same way as how I believe or would prefer that thing or event to work.

What we want in our lives, whether we acknowledge it consciously or not, is workability. Yet we don't look to see what it actually takes to make things work.

Because we don't take cognizance of the source from where workability springs, and because we choose to remain in the realm of familiarity, the world doesn't work. The willingness to regard that as an opportunity rather than as a predicament is where self-empowerment begins.

This essay, Workability, recreates Observation 12: Things May Work In The Same Way As My Way, Or Not of my thesis BREAKTHROUGH SKYDIVING which is available at

The essay BREAKTHROUGH SKYDIVING introduces the thesis.

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