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Brett McCall

Producer, technoNative


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What idea is worth creating a disruption & what, who, where, how would you disrupt?

It is true that no change ever comes about by remaining comfortable. We must expand the familiar and find new ground, become new people and ultimately disturb the peace (Why change requires a disruption of peace is a whole other subject Ill have to work on another time!).

That's why I am asking the question.. What change is worth making yourself (and maybe others) uncomfortable?


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    Feb 5 2012: I believe that any change that I can make to myself that allows me to be more effective at employing my purpose, is worth making. Also, the more that I can become familiar with my discomfort, the more I'm able to change. Change accelerates when discomfort becomes familiar.
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      Feb 9 2012: Agreed.
      So WHAT idea is worth changing your self in order to make a reality?!

      I really want to know!!
    • Feb 9 2012: Alison, I think you've hit the mark with becoming "familiar with my discomfort". Coming change ( detected by recognizing our discomfort ) slaps us in the face all the time but we don't always rise to the challenge, hence Brett's question.

      Brett. To answer your question, I'd say that in those moments where I begin to feel the twinge of discomfort I try to evaluate the risk. Most of the time the real risk is quite minimal and being a bit uncomfortable myself or challenging someone elses status quo can be enjoyable. Kind of like riding a roller coaster, we'll come out safely on the other side. But, those times where the risk is substantial ie. loss of a friendship, relationship or someone is in physical danger, The brave rise to those occasions, acknowledge their discomfort and move forward anyway.
      Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is realizing there are some things more important than your fear.

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