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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 30 2011: i think we have capacity to change what we do, but this can become very difficult when we are asked to change who we are in order to change what we do. In my own life basic change can be effected by will power eg changing software or changing from running to cycling but when i tried to change my diet or cutting out alcohol it seemed like it was linked to who i was. This change felt more like transformation (worm to butterfly) or deep change and was difficult and the control was very limited and involved lots of struggle. so i have manged deep change in my life and subsequently developed a change product but change is most often painful and the deeper it is the less control you seem to have.

    The rewards of the changes i have made have resulted in a more fulfilling life and a sense of being alive, but has this made my life easier? i am not so not sure

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