This is, first of all, about Finding Purpose, both in career and life. It’s about the Fundamental Principles or common denominators that not only control our attempts in Finding Purpose, but seem to me to pervade every day, every breath, every circumstance, unless one is sitting alone somewhere on a mountain top. And even then one would probably still be thinking about them.
It’s also about Process. Importantly, it has been through a path of discovery in both experience and observing life’s Road Signs that these fundamental principles have come into sharper focus (leave it to a scientist to think of life as an experiment). And more importantly, it has been through reading and experiencing other people’s thoughts and cultures (the Blind Spots) on topics both similar and dissimilar that has led through the other, little regarded process of discovery that involves rearranging and extending existing understanding and knowledge beyond conventional wisdom to be able to move toward a better understanding of these fundamental principles. You’ll find signs of that in what follows.
“Like a magnet, two poles lie at the ends of American success. You can succeed by empowering others or you can succeed by exploiting them,” (Daniel Grushkin, Businessweek, June 07, 2012). This blog is mostly about empowering others, which we can accomplish once we are able to act on our own empowerment. As a bonus, it is also about recognizing the subtle signals and the small but real possibility of exploitation occurring at some level. In between these two is the possibility of turbulence. As every good pilot learns, there is always turbulence so it is best to know how to recognize it in advance to be able to avoid it or at least minimize its effects. Otherwise, one can end up grounded, one way or another.
I’ve observed and collected these thoughts over far more years than I care to admit, but only recently have they all appeared to come together to display how they are interrelated, like a necklace of pop-beads. Unfortunately, while a pop-bead necklace has no beginning and no end, this exercise must begin somewhere in order to make sense. I hope.
Thus, if you haven’t done so already, please start with the first entry.