This is the last week of the How to Thrive in the New Economy tele-seminar series. We’ve had a wonderful time talking to people like Genpo Roshi, Danielle Laporte, Jack Canfield, and Mark Gafni. If you missed some, or all, of the series, you can buy the entire collection for $25, and we give every penny of it to CARE, who are doing a noble effort in fighting famine in Africa.
So what was my biggest takeaway from the whole series? There were many great moments, but if I had to pick one, this is it. Danielle Laporte joined us, with Matthew Blom, to talk about authentic marketing a few weeks ago, and this is what she had to say. Don’t try and figure out what you think people want, and then create a product to fill that niche. That’s always going to make you feel compromised. Instead, discover what you’re truly and deeply passionate about. What is the contribution you most want to make? Find a way to articulate that with energy, and sing it loud from the rooftops. And then trust that the tribe you’re meant to reach will naturally gather around you.
We’ve returned to this same kind of theme, again and again, throughout this series. Just a couple of nights ago, for example, we were talking with Duane Elgin, the author of “Voluntary Simplicity.” We were reflecting on how much the “group think” has changed in the last years. From blog posts, to movies, to things that sell well, to courses, we are collectively waking up from the idea that the point of life is to make as much money as possible and accumulate the best toys. The American dream is giving way to the Great Global Awakening.
Think of all the people you know. Think of the people who are most truly happy, in a multidimensional sort of way. People who are content with their lives, inspired, empowered, energized. What do they have in common?
Some people might say that it’s all about meditation, spiritual awakening, feeling oneness with God. But honestly, I know a lot of people who have really made that the central point of their lives, and they’re still looking for meaning.
Others might say that it’s all about love. Find the right partner, settle down together, have children, create a family, and that’s what makes it all sing. But, once again, that may do the trick for some people, but not for everybody.
I think it really comes down to what Danielle Laporte said on that tele-seminar: the people we know who are really, unconditionally happy, who have a resilience that tides them through both triumph and defeat, are the people who have discovered the gift that they really want to give to the world, and how to give it in a powerful way. As long as the answer to that question is authentic, and as long as you’ve found a way to express it to others, it does the trick every time.
For some people, this might be big and majestic: like inventing a new kind of computer, or ending world hunger, or writing a book which sells millions of copies. But other people have a gift that’s just as important, if not quite as visible: like raising beautiful children, or tending to a garden, or just loving one person so completely and totally, that nothing is being held back.
So what’s true for you? I’d love to hear. Shout it out for the world to hear (or at least the readers of this blog). What is the unique gift you were born to give? What is the difference you want to make?
Please join us for the last tele-conference in the series, with Barbara Marx Hubbard. We are going to talk about this topic: how to discover your true vision and purpose, and give it boldly to the world.
Thursday, December 8th, at 6pm Pacific Time