Welcome to Season 1 of The Journey of Realizing Empathy.
After the inaugural episode airs live on Youtube on Jan 13th (Wed), a new episode will air live every other Wednesday at 1pm ET.
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We often say
that the journey of innovation
is a journey of not knowing.
often starts with a fragile feeling
that “there’s something here.”
We don’t know what that is
But if someone asks us
“Is it this?”
We confidently answer
“No, that’s not it.”
Because, we do know
what it is not.
the journey of innovation
“Maybe it’s this,”
and “Nope, that’s not it,”
until it becomes clear
what it was you were after
but could not express.
this does not mean
you know nothing
or that you’re crazy.
May we not let others
convince us otherwise.
At our first session,
she would habitually use the word “strong”
to refer to herself.
“To be strong,”
Stop worrying and,
Focus on problem solving.
Stop blaming my employees and,
On the surface,
these sounded wonderful,
But after a month
of realizing empathy with herself,
that by “strong”
all she meant
was “numb to pain & discomfort.”
There’s a world of difference
between following advice
and realizing for one’s self
by leading through a journey of innovation.
Without the journey,
can merely mean “repress stress & anxiety.”
“Focus on problem solving,”
can merely mean “focus on eliminating fear & concern.”
can merely mean “lead with unconscious shame.”
To frame this phenomena
as someone’s “fault”
prevents a deeper exploration.
Child psychologist Lewis Lipsitt once said
“We mature, when what we once assumed to know
takes on more subtlety and nuance,
thus changes in meaning.”
The word “making art” used to mean
Being stubborn or egocentric
enough to get away with bullshit.
So I used to despise art.
But after 4 years of realizing empathy with artists,
the word changed in meaning to
Letting go of our ego
to learn from others
on how to uncover & express our sincere honesty.
Words necessarily change in meaning as we mature.
parenting & leadership
will change in meaning
as we mature
as parents & leaders.
So will words like
or marketing and sales.
This is no coincidence.
Until I was 21,
I not only moved every ~2 years locally,
but also every ~5 years internationally.
To a child,
moving can bring great grief into their lives,
leaving behind many emotional scars.
But I’m ultimately grateful for the pain.
They helped me mature and innovate my “self.”
I don’t know many people in Chicago.
I have nothing planned,
nor do I have business lined up locally.
All I have is an intuition,
That this is where I’m meant to be now.
Am I being impulsive?
Yet intuition is what’s guided me on my journey of 41 years.
A journey of maturing and innovating with others.
A journey of empathy.
It’s served me well so far.
I trust it.