What matters now: Connection, Vision, and Enrichment

Here’s a follow up on yesterday’s post. Let’s see how long I can keep this “series” up for :).

Howard Mann talks about our extremely connected, media-engrossed digital society. But he mentions an awe of how much time we put into social networks and blogs. He says “it used to be much more simple and, somewhere, simple turned into slow…..Multi tasking has become a badge of honor. I want to know why.” I think that as technology got better, faster, the world started to speed up with it. Speeding up, improving and growing technology have always been the norm. We’ve gone from horse mail carriers to instant texts but not overnight. The “to” holds many inventions, like email and cell phones, that gradually increased the speed at which we connected to others. Mann argues if we are actually more connected. I believe so. However, it never hurts to sloooow down every once in a while to catch your breath and disengage from the technology. I personally need to work on that; I need to unplug and tune in to the real world around me. I believe that’s what Mann meant about connection; we are too technologically connected and as such, we lose out on valuable, face to face, personal, human interaction.

“Vision,” says Michael Hyatt. “is the lifeblood of any organization.” And, he says, leadership is key to maintaining vision. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Without a vision, goal or purpose, work is mundane and useless. We aren’t going anywhere, just around and around in the circle of a grey economy. He sums up its value nicely, saying, “when times are tough, vision is the first casualty. Before conditions can improve, it is the first thing we must recover.”

Enrichment. It’s what we all seek in our lives and to give to the lives of others. But sometimes we have no idea how exactly to help give meaning to our lives. According to Rajesh Setty, there are 5 simple steps to follow. 1. Commit- Build lifetime relationships that span causes and boundaries. 2. Care- Really listen to and care about the concerns of others. 3. Connect- meet people and form relationships with those who will benefit both them and you. 4. Communicate- Be candid in speech. Don’t sugar coat things or say only what the audience wants to hear. 5. Expand capacity- Aim to help people give and get more from their own life. In summary he says, “you are only as rich as the enrichment you bring to the world around you.” I take this as a sort of call, as if it’s saying, “Go, make the world a better place. Enrich lives. Have a vision. Just Go.”

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