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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 25 2011: I don't think I am reinventing myself, I am currently discovering more and more about myself.
    I can't seem to find out what I want to do in the future(i am now finishing high school), because i am interested in so many things.
    Unfortunately,the educational system in Portugal is terribly organized,because you are limited, so to speak, at the age of 15 to what you are able to do with your life,you must choose a very limited set of subjects to study throughout the next three years, and that limits your possibility of enrolling in areas you discover while you are in high school...
    As for a movement,I can't say I call it that,but I try very hard to get the people who surround me(people who are more or less my age) t be interested in things,and expand their horizons,but unfortunately,i have been constantly been meeting a dead end,all teenagers think about nowadays is booze,smoke and sex. Pitiful world I must say
    • Jun 5 2011: Sebastian,
      Hang in there. It does get better as you get older. Even though your high school doesn't allow you to experience all the things you would like to, is there a way you could find someone to mentor you in the area that you have interest in? Or are their workshops or conferences that you could attend at your library, city building etc? Just a thought.
      Also, I hate to see your last line about how all teens think about is booze, smoking and sex. I find that hard to believe. I honestly feel that they care about the world and those around them, but it is way "cooler" to act as though you don't care and only think about those things listed. In addition, it may be the age you are at- but most people don't like to be told what to be interested in or that they need to expand their horizons. So maybe it is your timing or tactic in trying to get them to realize it. But keep trying- they will soon find themselves thinking of others beyond themselves. It just seems you have matured and evolved to that point faster than they have.
    • Jun 6 2011: ok - I've started writing here without actually knowing what I am going to say, - but I know there's something..so bear with me.

      Firstly - keep your ambition! do not get sucked in to way the other students are. You have time to succeed Sebastian so don't wory about it too much.

      @Brooke re: his last line - I think he is generalising and doesn't mean ALL teenagers, however, I do to some extent agree with him - about there being a problem. Teenagers have everything at their finger tips these days, and it comes to them without much effort. Their parents and grandparents are relatively wealthy (baby boomers) who enjoyed a huge surge in the property market and relative value of their assets. Some of these were able to easily afford a deposit to help out their kids - thereby propagating and strengthening the market further. My point being they have grown up with relative easy and become lazy (at least not really seen the need to work hard) - remember I know this is certainly not about every one. The other side to this is those that haven't been helped, see such a big problem ahead that it's almost too big a problem to conceive, and so far away in their future that it doesn't warrent much thought. Therefore live 'for the now'.

      I've travelled the world extensively, and am saddened by those I have met who really want to learn but don't have the opportunity to, yet here so much is downright wasted. I used to be a workaholic at school - then fell behind as I started to go out more with the other kids. In the end I guess I can only blame myself for not being stronger - however I have learnt from it, while also don't regret it as maybe I picked up social skills also etc.

      I will post above about me reinventing myself, as I'm running out of characters.

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