Hacking Your Future is a free weekly memo that provides readers with practical and applicable tips for uncovering their future success. Readers are challenged to re-imagine their personal and professional narratives, goals, and objectives, and re-invent their lives and work in a manner consistent with their new vision of the future.
This week’s focal point: I recently watched a documentary based on the work of Daniel Goldhagen, that addressed the issue of genocide and explored the question of how human beings could commit such atrocities. One of the most impactful findings from his work is that despite what most might think, the perpetrators of these heinous acts were not crazed individuals. Instead, he points out that they knew what they were doing, believed it was right and made a conscious choice to act.
We are being bombarded daily by one narrative or another. Many of us have chosen to align ourselves with the views and opinions of politicians and media pundits on the left or the right, rather than examining the issues and information for ourselves. This has led to the extreme political polarization we see in society today. As a result, we have been unable to work together to make meaningful progress in addressing the great obstacles (environmental degradation, increasing inequality, unsustainable lifestyles) we currently face.
In order to overcome these obstacles, we must free ourselves from many of society’s prevailing narratives. If we do not, we are bound to fulfill the roles (consumer, polluter, debtor) that others have given us, often to our own detriment. If you do not like how your story is unfolding, then it is time for you to construct your own narrative and take the first step in creating a more positive future for yourself and those around you.
The Fulcrum: The obstacles we face in the 21st century requires leaders at every level to challenge their own ideas, question the ideas and models of others, and work toward creating a future that inspires positive action.
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