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for you is you're a speaker, even though that doesn't even
come close to saying
who you really are
for people. You're not so much someone who speaks
about things, as you're someone who speaks things
into existence -
to name but a few.
The skill of the speaker in speaking and listening, and the skill of the writer in writing and reading, while related, are worlds apart. Yet you've embraced the latter with extraordinary success. I appreciate there's a connection (in a sense) between the one skill and the other. Nonetheless I wonder what it required from you to make the connection and be successful with both.
"Of the 170,000 Social Science Research Network authors, you are now the 17th most downloaded author over the past year, and the 62nd most downloaded author of all time. How did you re-invent yourself to be an extraordinary writer?"
Coming from a non-academic background as you have, yours is a very
impressive feat to have won the ears of so many
You've taken the
to academic respectability rather than the high road. Regardless of
how you got there, you're there.
This new respectability in and of itself has the leverage to open ever newer doors which have been closed to your work, doors to academic institutions which haven't really listened your work - that is, which haven't really listened your work until now.
"As your current work with Leadership is being recognized, accepted, and lauded by respected academic institutions, what's opening up now for the future which wasn't possible before?"
In pioneering new territory, in driving through whatever we're
up against, there are those
which come on as if all by themselves. They're unexpected. They're
discontiguous. Without them, progress is slow going. It
would be great if they could be planned and built in to the scheme
of things. But they aren't predictable. Mostly they seem to happen
as a function of us powerfully pushing past what stops us, and as a
function of us fearlessly and unflinchingly giving up
that which holds us back.
"What's the most welcome unexpected discovery to show up in your work recently?"
This isn't a new question. However I'm asking it
newly. And I already have an answer - which is to say I have an
already answer. I'll listen your answer newly. What
me is how you've fine tuned the distinction
since you first spoke it in March 1971.
"Since March 1971 you've become increasingly articulate saying what transformation is. If someone asked you today to distinguish "transformation", what would you say?"
I've been wondering about its origin. I've been wondering where
I keep bumping into a kind of "Which came first: the chicken or the egg?" conundrum. I have it that you invented transformation. I also have it that transformation comes with the being of human being. And then I also have it that you invented that "transformation comes with the being of human being".
"Now that it's here, transformation seems obvious. But did it come with the being of human being, or did you make it up?"
Memory, and comparing things to the way they were, and even
In one way or another, for better or for worse, all three keep us
stuck in the past. It's very human to be stuck in the
past. It's just as human to strive to extricate ourselves from
being stuck in the past, the latter of which wasn't powerfully
available until the advent of
Even though it's now a matter of the past, given your current commitments with academia and business, you're less available publicly now than you once were.
And the truth is I miss you being around. I really miss you. No, that's not it: the truth is countless hundreds and hundreds of thousands and thousands of people miss you being around.
"I wish you were more accessible in person, leading open public seminars, speaking transformation, and just being You with people everywhere. I miss you being around. I miss being around you. We miss being around you. Do you miss us?"
We've all got our
people we admire, people who inspire us, people we want to be like,
people we want to be. You're a
to many people. You're a
to me. And what I've gotten from you is I want to authentically be
as much as if not more than I want to be like you.
"If people are like you, then for me they're not really like you. If people are really like themselves, then for me they're like you. What is that magic quality you share with people which turns them on to their own inner strength to be like themselves?"
Although they sometimes seem to be at odds with one another, the
scientific view of Life and the religious or biblical view of Life
do have one thing in common: they both provide
explanations of how Life is and how Life came to be.
It seems to me what's missing from both their explanations is the
Both explain Life while tacitly overlooking ie while having nothing
to say for the being,
"In certain circles, there's a veritable abyss between the scientific view of Life and the religious or biblical view of Life. Does the presence of Self satisfactorily (in a pragmatic sense) bridge this abyss?"
Your productivity is astonishing. Looking through a catalog of the
enterprises you've founded is a humbling experience. Looking
through a catalog of the enterprises founded by others inspired
by you is so extensive it's almost impossible to grasp
fully. As you
new endeavors, I speculate you're either continuously reinventing
yourself, or you're grounded in a constant satisfied state,
or you're drawing from a combination of both.
"Do you continuously reinvent yourself, or are you in a place where you are satisfied with yourself the way you are?"
There are many ways to be in relationship. There are many ways to
be with people.
It's been said of all the ways there are to be in relationship with you, of all the ways there are to be with you, there's none which respects and honors the experience you provide, more than standing with you. I can get that. I stand with you. I stand for you. But it's more than that. For me, you're my friend. You're my best friend.
"Who am I for you? Is it real for you when I say I stand with you? Is it true for you when I say I collaborate with you? Is it presumptuous of me to say you're my best friend?"
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