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#098: 7 Things to Remember When People Belittle Your Dreams [Podcast]

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How do I continue pursuing my dreams when there are people in my life who make my dreams and me feel small and naive?

This is a question I hear a lot and so I wanted to explore it in this episode of the podcast.

Do People Belittle Your Dreams?

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Does Your Life Get Derailed by the Small Stuff?

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Do you take yourself seriously?

I don’t mean ‘are you serious?’

No, I’m talking about who you are; do you take your hopes, dreams, and passions seriously? Are you committed to living a life that chimes with your deep compulsions, or do you find it easily derailed?

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#097: It Doesn’t Take Genius to Change the World [Podcast]

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We love to process the world through story. It underpins much of what we know of ourselves and our history.

Take the idea of the stand alone genius for example. The celebrated individuals throughout the years that have transformed the way we think of the world.

The artists, the scientists, and the leaders.

But this image we have of the genius is not the whole picture. There is so much more going on. A bigger story that we all play a part in.

Scenius not Genius

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Why You Need to Stop Focussing on Your Flaws

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Where would you focus if someone asked you about the areas of life you need to work on?

Is it a weakness? A failing? Some flaw or shortcoming that you struggle with? Yeah, me too.

And this is something that kind of troubles me.

By default, we often prioritise a focus on our weaknesses rather than our strengths. There is a tendency to frame our growth and development by identifying our blind spots, deficiencies, and limitations, and putting all our might into eradicating them.

Due to limits such as time, energy, and focus, we allow our natural strengths or ‘gifts’ to remain barely touched and unsharpened.

This is understandable. For many, school was all about setting targets to improve the things we struggle with. Reports would contain a little pat on the back (‘Andy used great initiative to build a rocket from a pillow’) and then move into the big ‘but’ (‘Andy needs to focus more on detail in his work’).

This sticks with you.

We continue to think in terms of improving our weaknesses (a perpetual and thankless task), rather than firstly; recognising our strengths in a positive way, and secondly; working to be the best version of ourselves by understanding them and finding roles in different areas of life that enable us to use and sharpen them.

And this can lead us to never feel good enough.

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Escape into an Autumn Haven

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As many of you know the website has been through a few changes this year.

The major element of this came after I attended a webinar in January, run by Jeff Goins and Danny Iny about focussing your message and defining your audience as a blogger.

I don’t think I quite realised at the time what a foundation that hour out of a Tuesday or Wednesday evening would be for the rest of this year, and life more generally.

The webinar inspired me to write The Gentle Rebel (and later the Gentle Rebel Manifesto), and focus my attention on finding ways to encourage and equip fellow introverted and highly sensitive people who long to make a difference to the world. I started making a conscious effort to focus.

Then Came The Haven

In June I launched the Members Haven; a private area of the website for subscribers to explore themes more deeply, engage with extra content, and ask questions in a safe place. It has been wonderful to see this grow and change as the members have engaged and crafted the space.

A Co-Lab

This week saw the start of a brand new Haven feature, the results of which I would love to share with you. ‘The Creative Co-Lab’ is our opportunity to share our view of the world with one another.

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#096: Engage and Thrive in a Harsh and Insensitive World [Podcast]

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Is it possible to live in an engaged and enthusiastic way as HSPs and introverts in the face of insensitivity?

Society is not renowned for its sensitivity to the needs, anxieties, and pains of humanity.

In fact we only have to watch certain TV shows to see how brutal it can be. Shows that peddle the dog eat dog reality of a competitive world. Things like the X Factor, The Apprentice, Dragon’s Den etc, don’t dwell for long on the impact of earth-shattering decisions on the individuals involved.

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To Let In or Keep Out: Why You Need Boundaries

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘rules‘?

For the past eight or nine years I have been on a team that takes a group of kids (who really need it) on holiday for a few days. It is consistently one of the best albeit most exhausting weeks of my year.

It may sound obvious but one of our written collective objectives is simply ‘to give the children a great holiday’.

And from the outset we take time to clearly communicate the boundaries and expectations that we have to respect; where they can and can’t go, what they can and can’t do, and when they need to be in particular places.

We don’t lay on a load of strict rules to make the holiday miserable. We don’t do it because we want to control or annoy them.

We do it in order to establish an environment of safety and freedom. And this is key if we are to achieve our objective.

Boundaries

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#095: Creativity Deserves Commitment [Podcast]

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There is an old zen proverb that says:

A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. “I’d like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I’d like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?”
“The hunter who chases two rabbits,” answered the master, “catches neither one.”

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Discovering My Limits and Responding to Your Feedback

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Do you like to be given permission to think about things?

I do…

I get a strange kick out of being able to sit down with a cup of coffee and call a one man meeting to think about my creative vision and goals.

Well thanks to many of you guys generously giving your time and head-space to fill in the reader survey I’ve been able to call a few more of these meetings recently.

And I would love to share some thoughts in response to your feedback.

Responding to Feedback

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#094: Charge Your Battery Before You Hit the Road [Podcast]

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My phone is like me…

It doesn’t last much longer than a day between charges, especially when it’s multi-tasking, data-roaming, and fulfilling its purpose in the world.

Topping Up the Energy

For the hour or so prior to our long-haul flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg we sat by a charging hub. They have them at many airports these days; a tower of plug sockets and USB ports for passengers to prepare their devices for use.

Knowing that I would be on a flight for 11 hours I wanted to make sure that my phone and tablet wouldn’t run out of juice midair. The ports and sockets were full. Everyone was sat around the magical source of energy, waiting patiently.

Charge Your Energy

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