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Anna Seal

Why We Do What We Do

Posted on 2012.09.07 at 00:00
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The only thing I knew about this guy before I saw the video was that he played himself in the Jack Black movie, Shallow Hal. And the no-pants thing in the elevator was HYSTERICAL. Apparently Jack Black ad-libbed that - it wasn't in the script.

I'm always nervous about watching videos over sixty-seconds in length - as busy as I am my attention span is put to far better use with the written word, so I was dubious about this comparatively lengthy 21-minute presentation. Five minutes into it I was completely captivated, and I don't even recall the remaining time passing at that point.

For those like me, I'll touch on the highlights from my perspective: Decisions shape destiny. "So, the question we've got to ask ourselves really is...what is it that shapes us? And we live in a...mindset that we are our past. And everybody in this room -- you wouldn't be in this room if you bought that theory -- Most of society thinks biography is destiny. The past equals the future. And of course it does if you live there. But what people in this room know, and what we have to remind ourselves, though -- because you can know something intellectually, you can know what to do and then not use it, not apply it." We don't have to be slaves to that which we were taught.

"Your model of the world is what shapes you long term. Your model of the world is the filter. That's what's shaping us. That's what makes people make decisions." Your model of the world. Your worldview. That very malleable thing that can help us break free from the chains which bind us if we take the time to compare that which we don't understand to our own belief system - either that thing we don't understand is wrong, or our beliefs surrounding it are. How many of you have the courage to question your beliefs?

And then he talks about needs. Needs each of require. He breaks it out into four "personality" needs, and two needs of the "spirit" which are growth, and to contribute beyond ourselves. "We all need all six, but whatever your lead system is, tilts you in a different direction. And as you move in a direction, you have a destination or destiny. [The first piece is the target that shapes you] The second piece is the map. Think of that as the operating system that tells you how to get there...So my invitation to you is this: explore your web, the web in here -- the needs, the beliefs, the emotions that are controlling you, for two reasons: so there's more of you to give -- and achieve too, we all want to do it -- but I mean give, because that's what's going to fill you up. And secondly, so you can appreciate -- not just understand, that's intellectual, that's the mind -- but appreciate what's driving other people. It's the only way our world's going to change."

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