The Quest of Becoming a Special Person on a Journey

Such an understanding will also make it clear that finding a guide for your journey isn’t a question of finding a special person. It is a question of becoming a special person: a traveller, a pilgrim, a person on a journey. When you have done that, the whole world turns out to be full of guides.

William Bridges, JobShift

A Question Begins a Quest

All knowing begins with a question. And a question begins with a “quest” (to state the obvious), as does life.

Beau Lotto, Deviate
Character Hero Levels

Heroically Overcoming Our Defensiveness by Levelling Up Our Character

Leaders who acknowledge mistakes, take personal responsibility and act swiftly to make corrections are generally regarded as heroic. Their willingness to open the door to new information – however uncomfortable that may be – gains credibility for themselves and their organizations.

Yet to become open and accessible, to overcome defensiveness in the moment when bad things are happening, is no small task. It takes a certain level of self-knowledge, empathy, and strength of character.

Dan Oestreich, Following SELF

Penetrating Deeper Levels of Insight

The Tao Te Ching is written on many levels. There is a level waiting just below the one you currently understand. The deeper you penetrate, the more power you develop. The more potential you have for influence in the world, the stronger and more penetrating your insights become. The philosophy that Lao Tzu left behind is actually an experiment, one that individuals undertake when they are ready to enter the next phase of human evolution—that of fully conscious beings who are actively directing both their own destinies and the destiny of the world around them. In his ultimate vision, Lao Tzu believed that if each and every one of us could realize and gain control of our evolutionary power, it would invisibly unite us and allow us to become a collective, compassionate and fully aware social and universal organism.

R.L. Wing, The Tao of Power

Facing the Dragon of Who We Really Are

The ultimate dragon we encounter is to face who we really are and portray ourselves authentically to others.

Daryl Conner
A Hero’s Journey for the Practitioner

Guilds As an Alliance of Learning Opportunities

This new kind of worker isn’t a member of the proletariat or the laboring class, or even an hourly worker in a particular industry. This person is a portable resource with no fixed job identity. This person needs the information and the learning opportunities that alliance with other, similar workers could provide. This person needs something more like a medieval craft guild than the labor unions of the 1860-1980.

William Bridges, JobShift
Game Playing

Discovering a New Game That Embodies New Values

The point is not to play the same old game, whether we’re buying into it or rebelling against it. Either way, you’re still letting the other person define the terms and set the rules

(which will not be in your favor).

The point is to keep your eye to the horizon, your ear to the ground, and channel the resources around you and the people on your side to discover a new game that embodies new values.

To claim — and to share, to spread, to enable, to inspire — the power to do that.

Justine Musk, Darling It Is Time To Be Powerful

The Creativity of Playful Curiosity

Creativity is all about stealing borrowing and connecting things, and using metaphors to smash things together and transform them into something new. We mix and match and mash, and filter through our own deep personality. This is how we find our originality. So be curious. Be playful. Notice what draws you, what attracts you – let yourself be drawn.

Justine Musk, Don’t Lose The Snake: Creativity, Difference The Bold Point of View

The Developmental Work of Playing

I want to suggest that play is our participation in the process of our own development through imagination. Adults mature through play just as children mature through play precisely insofar as play represents the intermediate step from potential development to actual “work”.

D. Stephenson Bond, Living Myth
Playing Role

Jobs Are Just a Role We’re Playing

I came to see that my job was just a role that I was playing—an important role, of course, but not what defined who I am.

Paul Slakey
Everything Connects