Over the last two weeks, I’ve created 10 one-minute videos.
While a seemingly small, inconsequential project – it’s taught me some significant lessons. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Over the weekend I finished reading a book called On Trails. The author Robert Moor spends 330 pages musing on, as the title implies, trails – why we make them, how we blaze them, and what purposes they serve.
Early on, Moor spells out the question he’s exploring:
“Why do we, as animals, uproot ourselves rather than maintaining the stately fixity of trees? Why do we venture into places where we were not born and do not belong? Why do we press forward into the unknown?”
I don’t know what’s going on inside your heads, but if it’s anything like mine and others I know – it houses a chattering inner critic. A voice that tells me all the ways I could be better. Or how much I could improve. Or reminds me of all the ways I’m not quite enough.
On one hand, the inner critic is great! It fuels us to achieve the excellent and ambitious. Like writing my talk last week.
On the other hand, that inner critic is a total asshole. (more…)
“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.” —Red, The Shawshank Redemption
Last week, I helped facilitate a career change workshop on the topic of identity.
Identity is a hairy topic in career change largely because who we are in society is so tightly tied to what we do.
“A lot of people feel really helpless when it comes to climate change…What our research is showing is that your personal decisions really can have a big impact.”
I try my damnedest to be environmentally conscious in my everyday actions – but honestly, most of the time I don’t know how to be. Thankfully I’ve just discovered a series of bite-sized 8-10 minute videos from University of California that’s basically Cliff’s Notes to environmental consciousness.
Dr. Meg Jay recently wrote an article on women and men who rose to success after overcoming difficult childhoods, displaying what’s commonly called resilience.
Have a hard time “being present?” Or maybe, like me, you don’t know what it actually means to “be present?” Last week I heard Dr. Ellen Langer offer a more helpful and actionable alternative definition:
“The moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.” – Henry David Thoreau
A few weeks ago, I was preparing for presentation at Unilever on “why people leave their corporate jobs to follow their purpose.” Two days before the talk, a bit stressed with no slide deck or outline yet prepared, I chose not to sit down at my desk to write, but do something counterintuitive instead: I took a long walk.