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Andrew Thorp

Founder, Speakeasy Groups

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Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?

Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Derek Sivers all talk about the potential we have to effect the change we want and start something that attracts attention and gets followed. I believe this too, but I'd love to hear from people who've done it. What was it you changed, and why? What struggles did you have and how did you overcome them? And what lies ahead for you?


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    May 22 2011: I am in the process of doing it as we speak. I am 56 this year and have lead a varied and full life. It has taken me until now to really become comfortable with who I am. I am in the process of working out what to do with all of this experience I now have. The challenge is that with a family and a young daughter (4) to look after how do I do this while chasing my dreams and being a good father? It's a fantastic time in my life at the moment.
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      May 23 2011: Lee,

      A thought, regarding your challenge of chasing your dreams and being present enough to chase your daughter around as she grow:

      As I've worked through transitions in my life over the years, I've tried to regularly re-orient myself by considering how I can "triangulate" my purpose, passion and predicament.

      Purpose is what I good I can do.
      Passion is what I am intrinsically and emotionally driven to do -- my dreams.
      Predicament is about where I am situationally or environmentally, in terms of family, expertise, cultural concerns, etc.

      This allows me to prioritize and focus on embracing aspects of my unfolding identity without losing sight of the in situ realities in ways that make them constructive, rather than obstructive of my bigger picture ideals. I try to engage each as iterative and encompassing and try to keep in mind extraneous or impulsive distractions.

      There are times these are unclear. And others when I wish I could do it all and more. But for the most part sticking to my orienting themes pays off in discernible ways, not least is giving me a fuller perspective of who I am.

      • May 25 2011: thanks for sharing your insights on the "3Ps" .
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        May 30 2011: Wise and concise - a great way to frame our lives, Andrea.

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