This past weekend, I led an amazing group through my proven framework of learning how to discover, share, and monetize what one is born to do. People from all over the world were there, including those who traveled from Singapore, Canada, Ireland, and the U.S to join us in San Diego for The Reinvention Workshop. As with each Workshop I teach, I receive so much more than I could possibly give and it is the attendees’ fire that propels me towards mine.
As Depeche Mode’s “People are people so why should it be? You and I should get along so awfully…?” reverberates through my ears, as I reflect on what transpired, here is what I know to be true:
10) No matter who we are, where we’re from, what we earn, how old we are, or what we look like… we’re identical.
While our tendencies and innate wiring pushes us towards focusing on our differences, when given the opportunity, our similarities rise to the surface and we focus on that which brings us together — not what tears us apart.
9) The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
While each of us as an individual is amazing, a room full of courageous, spirited, and caring individuals raises the bar and creates extraordinary results for the group as a whole.
8) If a sacred space is provided, people will tap into elements of who they are they didn’t realize existed.
Seldom are we granted the benefit of being able to drop our facades, stop pretending to be who we’re not, and shed the shackles of what we have convinced ourselves to be true. In a protected environment that exists without judgment, when people are granted permission to be who they truly are, they flourish.
7) We deeply want others to thrive.
Though we’re taught at a young age to look out for ‘numero uno’ and compete for the top position, at our core, we are wired to not only support the journey of others, but to applaud their victories.
6) We long to connect.
Nothing compares to the magic that transpires when two human beings bond on a deep, visceral level. There is a tangible transformation and strength that permeates those who are connecting and others who surround them (this was fully present during The Dare Stare).
5) Everyone is an expert at something.
We each have something extraordinary to teach and, when called upon to share our individual brilliance, we rise to the occasion. Fortunately, a simple smile, a word of encouragement, and one’s willingness to be vulnerable and ask for help is all that it takes for the greatness of others to become crystal clear.
4) Human beings are built to give in a much greater capacity than to receive.
Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of our population will selflessly share their knowledge, time, and resources with others when asked. Though it may take a bit of prodding, once the fear and doubt is removed from the rationale behind the ask, we are willing to give until it we’ve exhausted our abilities to do so.
3) People are amazing.
While great emergencies and crises shed light on our ability to persevere and perform beyond our perceived limitations, every single day random and intentional acts of kindness abound. By simply focusing on everything that is right as opposed to allocating our precious attention towards everything that is wrong, the beauty of our fellow man becomes abundantly evident.
2) When provided with the right personal development tools, the soul thrives.
While traditional education does a decent job teaching our youth how to read, write and complete mathematical equations, the system has largely failed in teaching us how to truly live. By learning the proven strategies that has helped thousands discover, share and monetize what they were born to do — their WHAT — when the key to the treasure chest is turned and one’s true self is illuminated, everything glows.
1) Each of us has an incredible gift to share.
Our DNA is naturally wired to excel and the blueprint of each person is uniquely theirs. It is these differences that must be celebrated and, collectively, it is time we refute the notion that one path fits all. It is our obligation to not only share, with strategic abandon, the incredible gift we’ve been given, but also to enact everything in our power to protect the rights of all human beings to do so.