Let’s find our Ikigai 生き甲斐

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Before we begin:

If you’ve read any of my stuff before, particularly my work on Steal These Thoughts!, then you’ll know I have a somewhat obsession with human development and the exploration of meaning.

I’m of the opinion that having meaning in life is more important than happiness. Mainly because happiness is an emotional state, one that is fleeting and cannot be sustained. Whereas meaning is something that drives us, gives us a sense of being and will more likely provide the moments of happiness we seek.

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You are not defined by your parents blueprint

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A quick note before we begin:

This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for sometime, it’s actually been in the works for nearly 8 months.

I’ve always been fascinated by human behaviour and exploring why we do the things we do. As a society, mental health issues have been on a scary increase over the last 10-15 years and particularly in my generation, the anointed ‘millennials’.

I’m a believer in the fact that all of us in some way are dealing with the mechanics of a path and way of engaging with the world that we did not choose when we were infants, being most likely thrust upon us by those who raised us. As I’ve grown older, it’s become pretty clear to me that many of us struggle daily, because some of the things we have been taught in the environment from our younger years don’t actually help us live a good life now.

This post is not me telling you what to do, rather it’s a bunch of thoughts and insights that I feel can help you find some understanding in why you operate the way you do, whether that’s in how you think, feel or behave. It’s ultimately about recognising that you have a choice in everything in life and we have the power to change anything.

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Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: It's not a revolution, it's evolution

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter.

This week I look at why the L&D industry much like life is not going through a revolution but rather an evolution, what I learnt in 2019 and the resources that shaped my work in the human development space in 2019 too.

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It's evolution, not a revolution

What will it be Neo, the red pill or the blue pill?

I’ve made my career in L&D so far championing the alternative or some might call it the new wave philosophy.

I’ve talked often about out of the classroom learning experiences, why L&D needs to build a brand and invest in it’s marketing. I’ve told the world how if you build it they won’t come, that learning is an everyday behaviour and countless more things about how the world of learning has evolved.

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