[quote style=”boxed”]Learn, unlearn, and relearn as quickly as possible. And be honest — with yourself and everyone else.[/quote]
Devon White consults and speaks professionally with individuals and companies on the increasing and inevitable integration of self-programming technologies into everyday business and personal life. His Human Operating System platform makes these technologies available to both individuals and companies to create their desired personal and business outcomes in alignment with the greater social and planetary good. By learning these technologies, individuals and corporations gain access to a tremendous power previously unavailable to them.
Devon has more than two decades of experience in this field, both as a student to masters and as a proven innovator and pioneer. Devon is redefining how people think about behavior and consciousness. From his innovations in hacking the cultural cloud to his insight into the future of global brand strategies, Devon is helping conscious individuals and early adopters leverage the radical changes occurring in the marketplace.
Devon’s Human Operating System puts the attention of both businesses and individuals where it belongs: on people learning to access and live from their natural “at best” state in harmony with the larger system. With these principles in mind, businesses design campaigns that garner tremendous loyalty from their customers, and individuals design the life they most desire.
Devon is the president of Viral Evolution Media, a company pioneering self-programming technologies. As the architect and lead developer of the Human Operating System, he has created a platform that is updating and standardizing the field of personal development, from spirituality to elite-level performance.
In addition, Devon is the EVP Corporate Strategy for Huddled Masses, a company that provides organizations and their agencies access to media-buying technology and expertise. Devon is also the chair and founder of CultureFlow, a collective of world-class creatives and professionals with a zero-compromise dedication to the prosperous future of our planet. The group fuses storytelling, values-aligned brands, and feedback systems to propel, guide, and measure the emergence of a successful tomorrow.
Where did the idea for the Human Operating System come from?
Metaphors define reality. People have used computers as an analogy for the brain since the ’60s. I began using the Human Operating System because it was the only metaphor robust enough to approximate the power of human consciousness. It also updated the stale guru model of personal development with the promise of a collaborative peer-to-peer system that could lead to optimization and collaboration on a species-wide scale.
The Human Operating System (H.OS) also avoids the behavioral viruses that arise when people believe their way of doing things is the “right” way or that they have the market cornered on truth. Computer languages are not right or true. They are tools. And they are tools that improve with use, testing, and feedback.
The rate at which the world is changing is accelerating, and we need models that allow us to survive and thrive in that rapid-fire change. It’s time for us to take control of our own self-use and evolution and play like a team. That’s what the H.OS enables.
What does your typical day look like, and how do you make it productive?
Family comes first. I spend time with my wife and kids. We aim for as much silliness, laughter, and connection as possible in the mornings. My ideal life begins and ends with each moment I’m with my family. Once the kids are off to school, it’s time for parent breakfast: eggs and a cup of green tea. I exercise, then it’s off to the office.
I manage the team, then plow into my own development of the Human Operating System. That can mean either testing and practicing old stuff or innovating. I work with my best friend and a group of people I love. I usually have a client call scheduled midday. Next comes lunch.
After that, more development until I head home to be with the fam. Play. Dinner. Fun. Then, I journal to clear up any issues that may have arisen, plan my major actions for the next day, and head off to dream.
How do you bring ideas to life?
With panache. And a tiny Japanese bear.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The recent surge of the environmental movement that’s pressuring marketplace consideration of planetary well-being and species-wide survival is enthralling. If cryptocurrencies are coupled with that, I believe it’s a trend that could have some of the greatest impact in rebooting our current market system as something that actually serves both our immediate and long-term future.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I don’t waste time worrying. Ever. And an optimized H.OS makes learning quick and easy. I integrate new information like the Buddha eats spring rolls.
What was the worst job you ever had, and what did you learn from it?
I tortured rats at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University by the hundreds. I learned that I was willing to do almost anything to get into Yale School of Medicine. Oh, wait — that was a friend of mine. But it was awful nonetheless.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
I would be taller. Just a little. Or I’d wish for more wishes.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Learn, unlearn, and relearn as quickly as possible. And be honest — with yourself and everyone else. It makes everything easier in the long run. (And we all know that being an entrepreneur is a long run.)
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
Being heart-centered in my decision-making keeps me on track, doing what I need to do and saying no to everything else. It also makes it so I naturally connect with people who are themselves, coming from the heart. Otherwise, I keep it brief.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I suffered from the failure of shifting my attention too often. I overcame it by — wait for it — forcing myself to focus on one thing at a time. I also began assuming that all major shifts of my attention could be detrimental to the success of my company.
To help overcome this, I ran potential pivots by either of my two most stable confidants. This helped me identify the difference between beneficial and unprofitable shifts, and it deepened two already critical relationships.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
The cryptocurrency and virtual reality markets are both going to be major components in the emerging world.
Tell us something about you that very few people know.
I have the tendency to break out into spontaneous song and dance on a whim. Life with me is a bit of an offbeat musical.
What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I’d recommend “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein. It’s current, it’s relevant, and it brings into focus the plight of our species at this exact moment in history.