How to Make the Difference You Really WantBy Homaira Kabir
An increasing desire for impact, personal growth and making a difference is changing the world. We see it in the series of shifts that are pushing us towards a purpose economy.
The forerunners in this urge to follow a higher purpose may have been the great minds of past centuries who wrote fervently about the need to see the self as part of something larger. Victor Frankl wrote about the need to find meaning through contribution as a primary human need. Danish philosopher Kierkegaard saw boredom as a life devoid not of stimulation, but of meaning.
But the early adopters of this message are certainly the millenials. They've been freed from the preoccupations of earlier generations to look after basic survival needs, and live by an inherent desire to make a difference to the lives of others and to the world they live in. No wonder psychologist Daniel Goleman says that the way to recruit good and energized talent is to do good, and essayist Pico Iyer writes of “the child of tomorrow” as someone who has connected to what is essential in life.
However, the information age places us in a unique quandary. The very technology that allows us to connect with others also risks disconnecting us from our own selves. Any action without this inner connection will fail to consider the important issues of the day and deprive us of the fulfillment we seek.
How are we to listen to our inner voice, recognize what is important and passionately pursue it so that we find fulfillment by making a real difference?
Get Comfortable with Silence
The digital age has made information available literally at our fingertips. And yet, this information is meaningless unless we can take out the time to synthesize it, and let it connect with what we are passionate about. The quiet moments of apparent “boredom” that we avoid like the plague, are the very mental spaces where the fragments of our lives piece together and meaning begins to emerge.
Honor this space and give it the time it needs